NYC & Toronto

I’m back home after a great run of shows in New York & Toronto! We landed and I immediately headed out for dinner with my son Michael, who’s in the city for the summer & then we met the rest of my Brazil 2015 brothers and sisters for, what ended up being, an all-night hang which spanned from midtown Manhattan to the Village and then points and jam sessions unknown. Some of us even welcomed the sun as we returned to the hotel…The following night was the show at BB Kings and I was happy to welcome both friends and family to a standing room only show in the heart of the madness that is 42nd Street!

Here are some shots I took while I was there –

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Next we traveled to Toronto and had a lovely day off in one of my favorite cities. It was a warm, summer day and the  city was packed with people from all over the western hemisphere in town as part of the festivities for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. It was great to sit there with some friends who flew in for the weekend and people watch. The next day we performed for, what looked to be, about 50,000 people! The whole night ended with a beautiful and festive display of fireworks. It was a good weekend :-)

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2015 Europe Run & more

Well I took a break from the studio build out to go to Europe with Maestro Sergio Mendes & Brazil 2015 for a short run of shows. As always, we had a blast. The thing I most like about this band, other than their incredible talent, is the hang. We all sincerely get along and, when you have to be away from home and the people you love, it always helps if you enjoy the people you tour with – and I do. We played at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. What makes this so special is, most all of the artists stay in the same hotel, which means you run into absolutely everybody the whole time you’re there and the musician hangs are always epic and pretty unforgettable! I had a chance to chat with legendary bassist, Ron Carter, who kindly informed me that, ” I still got a lotta gas left in my tank!”. Kleber Jorge, my Sergio Mendes bandmate, guitarist, composer and solo artist, and I had breakfast with John Patitucci and Marcus Miller, two of the baddest bass players on the planet! We had a fantastic and very inspiration conversation about music and life – and, of course, the bass! But if you’re going to talk about bass, why not do it with two monsters?!

We had a great show that night and then hung out and ran to everybody else’s shows. We saw Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea, Mary J. Blige, Alabama Shakes, Chaka Khan and ended the night by being funked out by D’Angelo! Got back to the hotel about 2:00AM and then the in-hotel jam session, where everybody & anybody joins in – until 5:00AM!! Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep on this trip :-)

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Next we headed to Brussels to play a wonderful theater in Old Brussels. We had another great show and, thanks to a friend and supporter of the band and Brazilian music in general, Fred Polet, we were surprised to see our Facebook profiles full of some great pictures he had taken from the show. Fred co-hosts a radio show about Brazilian music called Brazilian Blend. You can catch their show on Thursdays & Sundays at 9:00PM, Netherlands time, on . Here are just some of the shots he took of us in action –

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Next we head to NYC & Toronto before playing Rock In Rio in September, for which we’re ALL excited! For the full schedule and details, click here or go to my SHOWS  tab up top. While you’re here at the site, sit down, put your feet up and read everything, enjoy the pics in the gallery, follow, like or repost my Studio Blog. Just have a grand ole time! Also, don’t forget to hit me on all the social media sites cuz I’m there too and would love to have you join me in the journey – Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

#Blessings

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Latest Updates

Since returning from the Sergio Mendes Asia Tour I have been, thankfully, very busy. I played at the 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival in a tribute to the late and very great composer Gerald Wilson. Immediately afterwards, my son performed with the Thelonius Monk Institute, where he is a student. Along with his fellow Monk students, this elite group of musicians were honored to perform with their professors Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. To see my son Michael at the Playboy Jazz Festival with two of my heroes was simply amazing. It was a day I will never forget!
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Sergio Mendes 2015 Asia Tour

Huge crowd of almost 30,000 in ‪#‎Seoul‬, All-night Jam Session‬ in ‪#‎Tokyo‬ that kept me out ’til the sun came up, drinking Sake & eating Sumibiyaki ’til 4:00 IN THE MORNING in ‪#‎Osaka‬….. All in all, I had a blast! I’m blessed to work with such great people and share a chance to bring joyful music to people on the other side of the world. #‎GodIsGood‬ ‪#‎ILoveBeingAMusician‬ ‪#‎PraiseGodForSafeTravel‬

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DWTS Season 20 – A Lookback

Well as you all know Rumer & Val won the Mirror Ball trophy! It was a great season and I’m proud to be a member of such an excellent collection of musicians and singers that make up Ray Chew Live!  From the music of the 1920’s to today’s hits, we managed to have a season full of musical adventures that even had me and some of the guys playing Japanese taiko drums! Who knew? :-) In the final episode, we performed with the legendary Patti LaBelle. As both a competitor on the show and a musical icon, she always carried herself with grace and dignity and we were all honored to share the stage with her throughout the season and had an opportunity to convert her videos from youtube to mp3.

Here’s looking forward to Season 21 of Dancing With The Stars –

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People Magazine

The new People Magazine’s‬  Dancing With The Stars 10-Year Anniversary Edition is now on news stands and is a great, limited edition looking back on the history of the show. Honored to be pictured alongside our fearless leader Ray Chew and a few of my bandmates Jon Kubis, Andrew Lippman & Felicia Barton‬. I’m blessed to be a part of such a great piece of television history and to share the stage with the talented & hard working artists that make up the ‪#‎RayChewLive‬ band. ‪#‎GodIsGood‬

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Latest Happenings!

So far, April has been a great month and, thankfully, a lot has gone on! All continues to be well on Dancing with the Stars, where we’re having a blast.  I got a chance to work on the upcoming Robin Thicke project. I also was blessed to do a series of gigs with my friend and legendary Brazilian composer and recording artist Dori Caymmi.  Here are some pics of the fun. Enjoy –

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Dancing With The Stars – Season 20 – is HERE!

I can’t believe it but the 20th season of Dancing With The Stars is on the air and we’re already having a blast! All the prep, all the rehearsal, everything has been great and in only two shows, we’ve already had a surprise elimination. Tune in each and every Monday night on ABC Television to join us and to see for yourself why America loves #DWTS. Remember to vote for your favorite star and keep voting to see if they take home the new golden Mirror Ball trophy :-)

Here are some shots of the fun so far –

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Follow me on Instagram for more fun & pics from the show and join us every Monday night at 8:00PM on Dancing With The Stars!

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Matthew Whitaker Session

Yesterday I went into the studio to record the horns for a big band arrangement I did for an artist you will soon hear about. His name is Matthew Whitaker and, thanks to my friend & his producer, Ray Chew I was contacted about writing the horn arrangement. I spent the week working on the chart & we went in and recorded it. I’m so proud of how it sounds. I was joined by my #DWTS brother Andrew Lippman and the amazing A-List session trumpet player Bill Churchville.

We recorded at one of my absolute favorite studios, Scott Frankfurt Studios, which is where we record all of the Sergio Mendes albums and, like everything else he does, Scott made us sound incredible!

Here are some shots of the process ending with a little teaser of our section. Enjoy!MW-1 MW-2 MW-3

Here’s a little video taste of the fun!

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2015 Governor’s Ball

We had an exciting night of hobnobbing with the stars at the Governor’s Ball following the 87th annual Academy Awards last week! It was a great night with Sergio Mendes, Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas and the band –

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Here are some shots of the band before we hit the stage –

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After we played, we all danced to Solange’s deejaying skills on the tables –

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Grammy Highlights

What a great show we had tonight at the ‪#‎GrammyPremiereCeremony‬. Thanks to my friend and DWTS musical director Ray Chew. You killed it again my brotha! My friend, Maestro ‪#‎SergioMendes‬, did not walk away with a trophy but to have been nominated and have the opportunity to share the stage with great artists and hear others within earshot like ‪#‎BillyHart‬, ‪#‎JoeLovano‬, ‪#‎RobertGlasper‬ and my brotha Nathan East was a true gift in and of itself. ‪#‎PraiseGod‬ for the opportunity to do that which I love for a living and work with such talented and beautiful people. God is truly good! ‪#‎AlwaysGrateful‬ ‪#‎NeverGiveUp‬ ‪#‎ThankfulForEverything‬

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Neil Young on Jimmy Fallon

Last night I was honored to share the stage with the Rock & Roll royalty that is Neil Young! We were on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and we had a blast :-) It was a combination of singers and musicians who recorded with Neil and Jimmy’s house band, The Roots. An amazing collection of musical talent on that stage. Here are some shot of the festivities – Enjoy!

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Be sure to pick up Neils latest album, Storytone, of which I am proud to be a part. It’s available on his site or wherever you buy music. #GodIsGood

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Grammy Week 2015!

Well the Grammys are upon us and it all goes down THIS SUNDAY, February 8th! You can feel the excitement all around Los Angeles. This week promises to be full of fun as I get to record & play with some of the greats like Sergio Mendes and Neil Young – and then the big show happens on Sunday! More details about the live performances are on my SHOWS tab. Here’s to an incredible week and hopes that Sergio Mendes will win a Grammy for his latest album Magic as it’s been nominated in the Best World Music category. I’m hoping to be opening some bubbly to celebrate his #‎Grammy‬ win!

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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year everybody! I hope and pray that this year proves to be our best year yet and that it is full of peace, safety, blessings & abundance throughout the year. I believe that this will be a breakthrough year for many of us. Feel free to keep me posted on the wonderful ways you grew throughout the year. Here’s to a GREAT 2015!

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