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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Scott & Robin Thicke

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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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Happy Holidays!

From my family to yours, I hope for the sweetest of holidays for you this year. May it be filled with love, peace, joy and music! Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2015 – CHEERS :-)

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Feliz Natal to all my Brazilian friends!

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Sergio Mendes Grammy Nomination

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!

See you at the Grammys :-)

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DWTS Season 19 Finale

I can’t believe it but we’re at the end of the season already! Next week, November 24 & 25 will be the conclusion of Season 19 of Dancing With The Stars :-( We’ve had an absolute blast. I’m excited to see who America votes to win the #DWTS Mirror Ball trophy this season. I absolutely love being a part of a show that has such incredibly talented people, from the crew to the production staff, the pro dancers & the amazing musicians with whom I get to share the stage with each week. As I expected, this season was full of surprises, twists and turns. The elimination nights were especially surprising. You never know how the country’s gonna vote.  Here are some shots from Season 19 -

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Make sure to follow DTWS on Twitter and I look forward to seeing everybody again next season! God bless :-)

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For Your Consideration

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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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnvuXsRZClc

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So much going on….

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

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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.

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Still getting used to my new look but having fun being dread free! I have SO MANY hats now :-)

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#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!

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