Harmonica Class for Kids!
@ Brooklyn Music School
10 week class starting Wednesday April 10th
What better instrument to learn than the harmonica?
It fits into most musical styles and your pocket !
“Jour de Fete” is my first CD as a leader for Steeplechase Records. This album is personally significant to me as a composer as it will feature seven compositions of my own. Each song is an echo of my experiences living in New York City for the past four years and reflects the varied influences of music that inspire me, including jazz, Hip Hop and Brazilian Music. My vision for this debut album is to take the harmonica into uncharted territories, expose it to challenging situation, and in the process create something pleasings for the ears. I want you to join the party, feel the rhythm behind the pretty notes and hopefully make you want to dance to my music. Let’s the festivities begin!
Records cost money. $3000 is the minimum amount to get this album produced in the way I envision. Steeplechase Records are only distributing the CD! I have to pay for everything else including musicians, mixing, mastering, design and promotions. I have already spent 3500$ and I need more fund in order to mix and promote the CD. As you can see there are many costs in making a CD, so your contributions are much needed and appreciated, no matter how large or small.
Kickstarter is an online platform for independent artists to raise funds in a totally new and exciting way, and we’ve just launched our page with info about the album, a video, and list of rewards you can get for your support!!
NEW ALBUM click to contribute or to listen to a few songs from the record.
From left to right, Jesse Simpson (drums), Michael Valeanu (guitar), Yvonnick Prene (harmonicas), Javi Santiago (piano).
This was taken in the studio in Paramus at the end of the first day. Or and Owen had already left the place. We look quite tired after the session but very happy with the result!
The next step will be the mixing and mastering of the music at System Two in Brooklyn. Before that I will go back to the studio to record a special guest and add a couple of cool effects on certain tracks … The album is going to be magic:)
I am extremely excited to perform on April 30th at St Peter’s Church with Charles Persip Ensemble. I have been fortunate to study with Charles Persip during my stay at the New School. Not only Mr Persip is an excellent teacher but he has played with the greatest name in jazz.
Here is a program for this special night:
A tribute in honor of this legendary master drummer will be held at 7:30p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 at Saint Peter’s Church, corner of Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, New York, New York. Hosted by WBGO’s Rob Crocker, invited guests include musicians Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Haynes, Anthony Nelson, and Kenny Washington; writers Amiri Baraka and Nat Hentoff; and Martin Mueller, Director of the New School jazz program.
Charles Persip was the drummer on Sonny Side Up recorded in 1957. This historic session featured Dizzy Gillespie( trumpet), Sonny Rollins (tenor), Sonny Stitt (tenor), Ray Bryant( piano) and Tommy Bryant (bass). It is one of the recordings that changed my life along with “Charlie Parker’s Now the Time”, Olivier Ker Ourio’s “Central Park North”, Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”, Jean-Jacques Milteau’s “Live” and John Coltrane “Crescent” among others. I worked for several months on Sonny Stitt’ solo. It is a beautiful swinging piece of art, check it out!
I’m happy to announce that on May 21th and 22th I will have the immense pleasure to record my music at Tedesco in Paramus, NJ! The band includes long-time collaborators and friends. I feel lucky and excited to bring to the studio guitarists Michael Valeanu (Fr) and Isaac Darche (USA), pianist Javi Santiago (USA), bassist Or Bareket (Israel) and drummer Jesse Simpson (USA). We’re going to record primarily original music by myself and a couple tunes by artists that influence me such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Coltrane.
Stay tuned…In the meantime I hope to see you on May 16th at the SUGAR BAR (254 West 72nd). It’s going to be amazing!
This is me and Toots Thielemans at the Lincoln Center. This was taken during the NEA Jazz Master Award ceremony in 2009. I encourage you to check out “Affinity” and “Only Trust Your Heart” these are my favorites Toots’albums.
A friend sent me this flyer yesterday on Facebook. I was surprised to recognize a picture of me used as a ”generic harp player” for their background flyer. I must admit the photo is awesome but no one called me to get my permission… Now I guess they have to invite me or some folks in Texas will be disappointed !
This is my transcription of Shape of my Heart by Sting. I like the song a lot and I have performed it a few times with my band. Some of you have asked me to make a harmonica tab. I have been busy lately but I promise to do it soon! In the mean time you can check out the music sheet here )
Here is my cover, recorded at the New School last December with my quintet.