Here are some shots from some recent recording sessions I’ve done with friends here in LA -
With Fabiana Passoni
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There’s been a long-running joke between me and DWTS Musical Director, Ray Chew about me having a clarinet solo on the air. Well as I said on Twitter #DreamsDoComeTrue! Last night, I finally had my solo during a swing number we played for a pair of dancers on the show. It was fun & we shared a laugh about it afterwards!
What an amazing weekend we had in Miami at the world premiere of the 20th Century Fox animated film Rio2. Maestro Sergio Mendes & Carlinhos Brown along with composer John Powell supplied the music for the film and we performed a few songs from the film at the premiere along with Janelle Monáe, Esther Dean and Jamie Foxx. And just for fun, actor Andy Garcia popped up on stage and played with us! They had over 250 Samba dancers, and many of the stars from the film that created a beautiful event on a hot night in Miami. The movie opens nationwide on April 11. Go support this fun, family film and enjoy more music of Brazil.
I am super excited and honored to announce my selection as a member of the new house band on Dancing With The Stars. Joining me in the horn section is Harry Kim on trumpets and Andrew Lippman on trombones and an overall amazing group of musicians. DWTS reunites me with the show’s new musical director, Ray Chew. We worked together during his tenure as musical director of American Idol, The Singing Bee and on the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast. Airing nationally on ABC, DWTS Season 18 begins its new season on March 17. Please tune in!
Episode 1 UPDATE
So we have Episode 1 under our belt and are very excited to move on to Episode 2. Lots of rehearsals, super early call times but it’s all worth it. Here are some shots from the first show – Enjoy! I gotta go back to prep for next week. Take care & don’t forget to pop by here to stay in touch and join us on DWTS every Monday night at 8:00PM on ABC -
Anyone who’s spent any time around me knows that I tend to listen to a little bit of everything since I am a true lover of music but here’s a snapshot of what’s been on my iPod this week:
- Jason Derulo, George Benson, Sergio Mendes, One Direction, Lauryn Hill, Malcolm Gladwell, Pete Rock, Walt Weiskopf, Emily King, Doobie Powell, Michael Mayo, Bobby Darin, & John Coltrane…
That’s what I could think of for now. Feel free to comment on my list and please tell me what you’ve been listening to!