Release the T-Rex!

After many hours poured in of effort, energy, and heart, my latest album, T-Rex, is now released!

T-Rex cover
I’m really excited about and proud of this album. So excited and proud, in fact, that I made it so you can listen to the complete track list on my new & improved website for free!

After you check it out, please spread the word. Tell your friends in person, go tell it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, wherever! Then, buy the album$4.00 for 5 songs! Independent music is created by independent musicians like me, who need your support and help to get our art noticed.

As always, connect with me directly right here on my blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and join the Mailing List!

Thanks for listening!

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new videos

i finally created a couple videos that are now up on youtube and my website!

there’s one for “so sincere” – http://youtu.be/R6rGB9sVTAc

and one for “oscar mike” – http://youtu.be/iwQaa10PmTA

enjoy, and please share!

shows you can catch me at this summer

I’ll be playing with Lance Randall’s jazz band at these shows this summer in the Seattle area. come check them out!

-smooth jazz rendezvous on the water, lake washington, June 15 (playing 8-9pm)

-festival sundiata, murial amphitheater in Seattle, June 16 (playing 3-4pm)

-rock and roll marathon, downtown Seattle at 2nd & jackson, June 22 (playing 11:30-1:30)

-taste of tacoma, June 29, playing 3-4pm

-choochokam music & arts festival, Langley, WA, July 6 (playing at 11am)

I’ll have some Nevis CDs for sale at these shows too! thanks for listening & be sure to spread the word!

Reach

“reach”

merriam-webster has several definitions for the word. the first is “to stretch out, or extend.” another definition is to “make an impression on; to communicate with.”

when it comes to music, particularly jazz, both meanings are at the heart of creative expression.

if you’ve ever watched a documentary on jazz,or seen a group of classic jazz players (or perhaps blues or other musicians, it’s just more common in jazz) and listened closely to the stage chatter, you’ve probably heard guys calling out to the soloist, “reach!”, as he/she preformed. what they’re doing is encouraging their band mates to push themselves as a musician, and artist, to aspire to greater heights – such as playing in the upper range of their instrument, or to play with greater virtuosity or to play something new and different. when the chemistry is right, and the right bond is forged there is an appreciation and joy that comes from a shared sense of accomplishment among some players that doesn’t come as easily or often as it should. the feeling that when one of us does good, we all do good – that a rising tide lifts all boats.that’s what those musicians are sharing with each other.

the thing is, it’s not just a few musicians that can share in this. it’s really open to everyone and it goes far beyond the boundaries of music. if you’ve got friends or loved ones trying to do something new, encourage them. inspire them to “reach.” help to support and lift them up, and in turn lift yourself up, because truly, and especially in a collaborative effort, a rising tide does lift all boats.