THIS JUST IN:
If you’ve not submitted your Grammy ballot yet, I just found out I have some things up for consideration and I’d appreciate your support for my writing and featured artist participation on the latest Sergio Mendes project.
Album Of The Year “Magic”
Best Instrumental Composition “Magic”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Don’t Say Goodbye”
Song Of The Year “Don’t Say Goodbye”
Best World Music Album “Magic”
Take a listen and please vote for us!
If you’re on Instagram I’d love to have you follow me. That’s the place I post all of the day to day pix of my journeys!
Take the trip with me -
Since my last post, so much has gone on. Here’s a quick update:
My college professor, Donald Sinta, retired after 40 years of teaching. They held a wonderful retirement party and concert for him in Ann Arbor. For 40 years he transformed lives and raised the standard of modern classical saxophone playing. I love this man!! Honored to be among his gifted group of students and it was great to have been a part of this celebration. #ThankGodForThisOpportunity #LearnFromAMaster
In the early part of September, we lost a giant in the jazz world, Maestro Gerald Wilson. Gerald was an American icon, mostly known as a big band composer and arranger who, among a list of other things, lead the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. I was honored and humbled to be among the great list of musicians who were a part of his orchestra. To list the names of the musicians who passed through Gerald’s band is like a Who’s Who of jazz. He will be greatly missed by the musical community but more so by his family. My prayers continue to be with them.
Still getting used to my new look but having fun being dread free! I have SO MANY hats now
#DWTS Dancing With The Stars
We’re back and here are some shots from the rehearsals to the shows – Check my show schedule for time & channel. Enjoy the pix!
Check out my new dread-free look! No, I didn’t lose a bet! After 17 years, I simply wanted to make a change and I love it!!
I’m the proud poppa of a bouncing new Yamaha baritone saxophone! She’s a little larger than the others so, even though she’s the youngest, she already acts like a big sister to the other girls
The best part was that I got to introduce her to the world at Sony Studios during a recording session for the legendary Neil Young. Here are some shots from the session -
Here’s the Day #1 Vid of me testing out the new horn
Thanks for all the love from my friends at Yamaha Winds!
I’m super excited to continue my work as a member of the house band, led by Ray Chew, for Season 19 of Dancing With The Stars. This season promises to be full of excitement, surprises and unexpected twists & turns. Tune in Monday, September 15th for the first episode and keep tuning in each and every Monday night. Nationwide on ABC Television.