It's been a very busy beginning of 2013! Like I mentioned before in a previous post, quite a few of my steady gigs are completely gone. Even though my weekends have been pretty slow, I ended up staying pretty occupied.
Some memorable moments.......
taking acting classes at HB Studio and at SAG, been on few recordings as a sideman with wonderful musicians, saxophonist TK Blue, and vocalists Myriam Phiro and Scot Albertson. I am happy to be part of the Aaron Gottlieb Agency jazz artist roster (he just booked me at the Blue Note on May 18 for the late set) and with Burning Gums on the Price Rubin Partners artist roster. I also had a great time performing in a series of concerts with soulful saxophonist Sedric Choukroun and the heavenly vocalist Hilary Gardner for the opening of the Orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden.
The project that I've been working for almost 6 months and just completed is my jazz guitar learning website PracticeJazzGuitar.com I was working on this myself and finally I broke down and got some help. Aaron Gottlieb referred me to Scott Feldman at D.I.-Why. Scott is a wonderful website developer. He got me straight on the project and now I'm happy about the way it turned out, especially my students.
I'll be back with more news soon.
I got to meet all my endorsers, see old friends, play a little music and listen to great music.
I played at the JodyJazz Mouthpiece booth with alto great and founder Jody Espina, the Eastman Guitars booth with Jon Pisano and solo 7-String guitar and at the Hammond Organ booth with Dr. Lonnie Smith. Also I worked for the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute teaching amazing students at Los Angeles County School for the Arts. It was over the top with people (100,000), constant music,
people I hadn't seen in years and endless walking through miles and miles of booths!
With Organ Extraordinaire Dr.Lonnie Smith
Playing with the incredible Jody Espina at his JodyJazz Mouthpiece Booth
Jamming with Jody Espina at his JodyJazz Mouthpiece Booth
Some Hawaiian dancing, anything to sell Ukeleles!
Vocalists from the Rock Band Boston demoing some new product!
with great bassist and old friend Ira Coleman on tour with Sting!
With Amazing Drummer old friend Marvin "Smitty" Smith from the Tonight Show!
My friend Seymour Duncan the pick-up genius and my endorser!
with talented young drummer Adrian Cota from the Thelonious Monk Institute High School Program
With youtube guitar sensation Phil "X" from
with jazz guitar great Gil Parris
with great bassist Christian Fabian
NAMM crazy guy!!!!!
with sax greats Reggie Padilla and Jody Espina
Ernie Isley from the Isley Brothers!
Ernie Isley from the Isley Brothers Signing with Michelle Debus from my Endorser Reunion Blues Cases!
With jazz drumming legend Ralph Peterson
With the master Jon Pisano at my endorser Eastman Guitars booth.
with my talented guitar and burning student Mason Sacks
with the incredible saxophonist Don Braden
Muriel Anderson and Stanley Jordan!
with my old friend burning trumpeter Rashawn Ross of Dave Matthews!
Stanley Jordan, Dan Gottlieb and Mark Egan
Larry Goldings jamming on the Hammond Organ!