RC ‘Originations’ Ensemble – Live at Hyde Park Jazz Festival 9/29/18 (photo: Harvey Tillis)
Had an AMAZING experience performing ‘Originations’ with my 10-piece jazz chamber ensemble at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival (Reva and David Logan Center Concert Hall) this past weekend. The set was received with a standing ovation from a capacity crowd and called a “high point” of the festival by the Chicago Tribune. It was an excellent sendoff to the studio where I am currently recording this project with an extraordinary group of musicians – John Wojciechowski, Geof Bradfield, Tito Carrillo, James Cammack, Michael Raynor and the KAIA String Quartet. The album is slated for a 2019 release. Can’t wait to share this music with you! Stay tuned…
I’m very much looking forward to working with the Purdue University as their Artist-in-Residence for their 2018 jazz festival. Saturday, January 20 I will be performing with the Purdue Jazz Band as guest soloist along with Victor Goines and Dan Fornero and premiering a new big band arrangement of an original composition of mine commissioned by the university in celebration of their sesquicentennial. This week leading up to the festival, I will be coaching large and small ensembles at several high schools around Purdue in additional to leading a master-class on improvisation in the afternoon of the festival. For scheduling and other details on the Purdue Jazz Festival – Indiana’s largest jazz fest – click the above photo.
This Thursday thru Sunday (Feb 23-26), I will be performing at the historic Jazz Showcase in Chicago with my quartet featuring John Wojciechowski on woodwinds, James Cammack on bass and George Fludas on drums. I am really psyched to play four consecutive nights with these brilliant musicians and very happy to have James – a 30-year veteran of the Ahmad Jamal Trio and collaborator of mine from early in my career – returning to the group for these dates. I hope you can join us!