No BS! Brass has been hard at work on our fourth studio album and this one is shaping up to be the baddest yet. We’ll take a break from the studio to play Joe’s Pub in NYC this Saturday. This is one of our favorite venues because not only does it sound and feel great in there but we also get to see lots of old RVA friends who now live in the Big Apple. Tickets for Saturday’s show can be purchased here.
On the advice of my good friend and colleague, Taylor Barnett, I applied to and was accepted to the 2012 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music directed by Dave Douglas. From May 21-June 9 I’ll have the opportunity to study with Josh Roseman, Vijay Iyer Steve Lehman and many more. I look forward to some great music-making, some hiking and lots of late-night table tennis.
The second half of March will be exciting! First up is a hit at Hoss’s Deli in Newport News, VA with No BS! Brass on Thursday. We’ve been working on some new tunes and rhymes so I’m eager to do some road testing. On Friday I’ll head over to JMU to participate in the JMU Tri-State Jazz Fest where I’ll be wearing several hats: adjudicator, guest artist/clinician, and director of the James River High School Jazz Band. No BS! Brass closes the day with a performance as well. On Wednesday, the 21st, Hooten Levin Jones, a new bone/cello/drums trio will return to Balliceaux for another night of free improvisations. Closing out the month will be a No BS! Brass hit at Joe’s Pub in NYC (Tickets ). In case you missed it, here‘s a little something I wrote for RVAjazz a little while ago.
Thursday, March 15th
No BS! Brass
806 Old Oyster Point Road Newport News, VA 23602
Thursday-Friday, March 16-17
JMU Tri-State Jazz Fest
No BS! Brass, ajudicator, guest artist, directing James River HS Jazz Band
Wednesday, March 21
Hooten Levin Jones
203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA
In a few days I’ll be hitting the road with No BS! Brass for a four-night stand in NYC. As soon as we get back I’ll be heading into the studio for Spacebomb records and its project with the fantastic, Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Natalie Prass. The following week, the first of a few Solo Trombone workshops I’ll be giving this semester at universities will take place at JMU’s Tromblow’in 4. Recording for the new No BS! Brass record begins in late January and continues through February. New Ombak music as well as remixes of Fan Bricks by the incomparable Snow Panda are also in the works. Keep your ear to the grindstone.
Tonight, fellow Spacebomb musicians Scott Clark, Cameron Ralston and I team up to form Top Knot Trio at Balliceaux. Expect hard-hitting original compositions and improvisations with a blues-bent and a respect for Bushido. See y’all there.
Wednesday, October 26th
Top Knot Trio
203 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA
image by Chris Bopst
My debut Solo Trombone album, Richmond Love Call, is now available for download on iTunes and Bandcamp. At Bandcamp you can also order the limited edition CD featuring design by Cary Ralson and screen-printing by Triple Stamp Press. Enjoy!
Tonight I will release my debut solo trombone album Richmond Love Call at Balliceaux in Richmond, VA. I’ll be joined by Trey Pollard, who will be opening with a solo set of his own. The locally recorded, produced, designed and packaged CDs will be on sale for $10. Hope to see y’all there!
203 North Lombardy St.
Richmond, VA 23220