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Chick Corea loved Gran Via!

Chick Corea loved Gran Via!

I got the opportunity to go backstage at Boston Symphony Hall and hang out with Chick before his concert recently. Then he invited me to his private green room with a piano. We were alone, so I asked him if I could play him my composition called Gran Via, a flamenco jazz fusion tune, based on my time in Valencia, Spain. He liked it so...

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Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Here I am with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, after a concert in Cambridge. He improvised Bach. I saw him a few years ago in Miami, too. There’s a pic of us together then, too.


Performing at Reno Jazz Festival This Weekend

Performing at Reno Jazz Festival This Weekend

I’m performing at the 54th Annual Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada this weekend. One of the headliners is Snarky Puppy. I did a master class with Michael League, the leader of Snarky Puppy, about a year ago in LA. Lage Lund and the Collective are also headlining. I’m there with the University of the Pacific Big Band.


Performances with Edward Simon

Performances with Edward Simon

Wednesday evening, March 2,  I’ll be performing with Venezuelan pianist/composer Edward Simon at Spanos Concert Hall as part of the Pacific Jazz Ensemble. Thursday evening, March 3, I’ll be performing again with Venezuelan pianist/composer Edward Simon at Take 5 Jazz Club, this time with the BIJQ. Friday I’ll be meeting and helping to audition the finalists for next year’s Brubeck Fellowship recipients (along with the BIJQ...

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John Raymond Project

John Raymond Project

This week I get to work with and learn from New York-based trumpeter John Raymond of the JOHN RAYMOND PROJECT. They’ll perform at Take 5 Jazz Club on Thursday, 2/18.  


#1 Most Added Album by Jazz Radio Stations in the US!

#1 Most Added Album by Jazz Radio Stations in the US!

Released in mid-December, my album with Jeff Coffin & The Crescent Super Band, where I play piano on 8 of the 10 songs, THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE, is still going strong, according to Jazz Week! WE ARE THE #1 MOST ADDED ALBUM BY JAZZ RADIO STATIONS! “At No. 1 on this week’s JazzWeek Jazz Chart, is Cyrille Aimée ‘Let’s Get Lost’ (Mack Avenue). Biggest...

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Performing with Stefon Harris Thursday

Performing with Stefon Harris Thursday

I’ll be performing with acclaimed vibraphonist-composer, multi-Grammy nominated Stefon Harris this Thursday, February 4 at the Take 5 Jazz Club in Stockton, along with the Brubeck Jazz Quartet. The NY Times called Stefon “one of the most important young artists in jazz.” Tickets available at the door.


New Album Released! The Inside of the Outside

New Album Released! The Inside of the Outside

So happy to announce the release tomorrow, December 4, 2015 of my first professional album, THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE, with Jeff Coffin and the Crescent SuperBand, featuring Special Guest Artists: Randy Brecker – trumpet Rashawn Ross – trumpet Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Roy ‘ Futureman’ Wooten – percussion Victor Wooten – electric bass Trombone Shorty – trombone Robertico Garcia – trumpet Pedrito Martinez –...

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Jacam Manricks Master Class

Jacam Manricks Master Class

Great Master Class with Ari Hoenig and Jacam Manricks today at the Brubeck Institute! It was so fun to learn from then, then watch them both play tonight at Take Five Jazz Club!



58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival This Weekend!

I’ll be performing at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival this weekend. Wynton Marsalis, Chick Correa, Terence Blanchard and too many great artists to mention will be performing, as well. I’ve got two gigs scheduled with the Brubeck Quintet and the other in a trio with some Brubeck mates. If you’re coming to Monterey, here are the gig dates/times/location: Saturday, September 19, 2015 Brubeck Institute...

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Guest Artists on Our Album with Jeff Coffin

Guest Artists on Our Album with Jeff Coffin

I’m hard at work this week, rehearsing for the new album I’m recording next week (as part of the Crescent Super Band)  with Jeff Coffin. I’m really excited to report that there are going to be some incredible GUEST ARTISTS on this album, all Grammy-winners! Branford Marsalis Victor Wooten Randy Brecker and Jeff’s Dave Matthews Band bandmate, Rashawn Ross! Plus there are more guest artists to...

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