I have been preparing some new solo piano music but in the meantime, I updated my store to only show physical products, as I've made most of my earlier albums available on major streaming services like Spotify. I also added a tip jar, which I'm intending on using during any online events in the coming months. If you are listening to my music online and want to make a gesture of support, since purchasing and downloading albums is less of a thing, please feel free to do so. Thanks!
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I wanted to share the sad news of the passing of one of my favourite Ottawa jazz musicians, an inspiration and a mentor to me and many other local players.
My quotes at the end were taken from this written interview with Peter Hum:
1) When did you play with Hughie and where? How many gigs did you do with him?
I got to play with Hugh every Sunday for at least a year at Chez Lucien around 2007/2008, right up until I moved to Boston for grad school at the…Read more
Thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for including us in their best bets for this weekend.
Here's a clip of last year's show where we first tried this combination of musicians.
Before I was involved in this project I had already listened to this version a bunch as my go to for this tune.
I haven't written an involved post in a while, but I thought I'd mention that as I settle into the fall term, it appears I will have a full teaching studio for the 2019-20 school year. There are some great performances I'm involved with coming up which you can check out on my Events page, and I have been tending to post more on Instagram than on other platforms because I like how I can quickly capture what I'm working on and not feel like I'm trying to create evergreen content for mass consumption.
I have…Read more
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this year's Ottawa Jazz Festival. It was a very special honour for me to be part of the house trio hosting the jam sessions every night for ten straight days - the first year I went to the jazz festival (1996...) I probably went to eight of their late night jams. It was my first exposure to the music in a club setting - real professionals playing mere feet away, the sound came from the instruments as much as any sound system. I'm really happy to have had this chance…Read more
Hey, just a quick note to say I've updated my calendar to reflect some Jazz Festival events, most notably the 24 hour jazz ramble which takes place from 10AM Friday to 10AM Saturday next weekend. I'll be on at noon with Mark Ferguson playing some Bill Evans music in the style of his overdubbed pianos records. I'll also be part of Ed Lister's quintet at 9PM. The whole event takes place at the Record Centre on Wellington.
I also had a blast playing all types of Indian music at City Hall last week for the…Read more
I've started rehearsals with Vinay Bhide for a show May 10th at noon at City Hall. Vinay has asked Mike Essoudry and me to join him to play what we feel fits in the performance of two pieces. One is based on the Raga Rageshri, on which I have previously written an original piece, "Pas De Deux". In the key of C, the notes for improvising are Bb-C-E-F-A-Bb-C and the downward notes are C-Bb-A-F-E-D-C. After a few minutes of getting it in your ears, an accidental G sounds glaringly wrong.
I've also been…Read more
I wanted to share a few albums out fairly recently that I played on.
Brian Asselin's project "The Commotions Volume II" is an album of original soul music featuring many of my favourite Ottawa area musicians.
A rock album I recorded a few years ago Natural Selections by The Guilty Minds was quietly released across all streaming platforms this past year.
My hopes of a regularly maintained thoughtful content-filled blog haven't materialized in the face of my regular practice and teaching schedule. However, I thought this might be a great and easy way to keep track of fun news and things I'm doing as they happen, instead of constantly bombarding my e-mail list.
Alex and Michel were interviewed about the project…Read more