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!
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 –
Just played flute on this commercial last week and it’s already airing. I saw it tonight during the NBA Playoffs and thought, “Hey, that’s me!” If you’re a gamer, download a free copy from the Apple App Store or from Google Play for your mobile device. For more info, check out the Boom Beach site. Enjoy –
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 –
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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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!
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 –
Here are some shots of the band before we hit the stage –
Me working on a new arrangement
The band talking through the show with the Maestro
After we played, we all danced to Solange’s deejaying skills on the tables –
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!
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
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 #Grammywin!
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!
Excited is an understatement – Found out today that “Magic” by Sergio Mendes has been nominated for a #Grammy in the “Best World Music” category! I’m honored to be a part of such a great album of music by a legendary artist.
From the writing to the playing to the finished project, we had a blast and created magic! We danced, laughed and made, what I believe is, a truly great album. The list of guest artists and studio musicians on this album is astounding.
If you’re a member of the Academy, we’d all appreciate your support by voting for us once the ballots arrive. If you’re not a member, we’d appreciate your thoughts and prayers in support of a win. And if you don’t own “Magic”, pick up a copy to hear the magic for yourself!