2012 In Review

2012
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This past year has been incredible. As a performer I’ve been lucky enough to play over 140 shows in a dozen cities with 45 stellar musicians making up 20 different groups, not including the many I’ve met and played with at sessions and private events. As a teacher I’ve witnessed long-time students enter music programs all over the country and continue their growth here at home. As a homeowner, I survived a brutal attack by what I can only assume to be jazz-hating yellow jackets that built a nest in my backyard. Revenge is a dish best served in a spray-can filled with poison.

2012 Highlights

After joining Seattle’s Table & Chairs Records, Hardcoretet‘s album Do It Live got the press and radio attention it deserved and reached #16 on the CMJ (US) Top 40 Jazz Chart and #8 on the Earshot (Canada) Jazz Chart. McTuff recorded a new album at Electrokitty studio and our residency at Seamonster Lounge produced a constant flow of notable nights including a drop-in by Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin, a night of music by Richie Aldente featuring Richie himself (Tim Kennedy), and the birth of TIBORFEST – the celebration of Seattle’s most energetic and supportive music fan. Jen Grajewski at Kentridge High School, my alma mater and home to Washington’s best drama department, contracted me to direct the pit in two shows, Legally Blonde the Musical and Godspell, and Farko and Feodor Dosumov enlisted Joe Doria and myself to fill out their jazz fusion group Double Trouble.
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Hardcoretet Joins Table & Chairs Records

Local jazz label Table & Chairs represents some of Seattle’s most energetic and forward-thinking groups and artists including Cuong Vu, Operation ID, Chemical Clock, and Bad Luck. They’ll be re-releasing our last album Do It Live in the fall and we’re excited to have our music associated with such a stellar group of musicians. From the Table & Chairs website:

“Table & Chairs is pleased to announce that Hardcoretet has joined our numbers. Fans of Operation ID and Chemical Clock are sure to gravitate to their unstoppable funkiness, and those of Neil Welch or WA will resonate with Hardcoretet’s sharp-angled melodies and many-dimensioned sound palette. That said, Hardcoretet will occupy a unique space within our roster, and we’ve chosen to represent the group based on the distinctiveness of their sound. After years of watching at the sidelines, we’re proud to finally be a part of Hardcoretet’s music-making career, and for them to be a part of ours.”

Fall Seattle Shows

Along with a tour down to LA and back in October, Hardcoretet has three Seattle shows in the fall with more on the way:

Saturday, September 22nd at Seamonster Lounge
2202 N 45th St – 10pm – Free – 21+

Thursday, October 4th at The Triple Door Musicquarium
216 Union St – 9pm – Free – 21+

Friday, October 26th at Royal Room
Table & Chairs Showcase w/Operation ID
Operation ID 8:30pm – Hardcoretet 10pm
5000 Rainier Ave S – 8:30pm – $10 sugg – All-Ages til 10

 

Inspirado: Chris Potter Underground

Chris Potter Underground: Nudnik

Chris Potter is a non-stop inspirado-creating machine. He’s a tenor-saxophonist, the leader of this group and a member of many of the bands that have helped shape my musical personality. This particular video is a live performance of a tune from this band’s first album Underground at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2004. Continue reading Inspirado: Chris Potter Underground

Hardcoretet & Gravity – Thursday, May 24th at Tula’s

Gravity is one of my favorite groups in town, featuring my good friends Tim Kennedy on keys, Ian Sheridan on bass, and Claudio Rochat-Felix on drums. They’re all virtuosic musicians who have clearly spent a lot of time honing their hip hop, R&B, and jazz-influenced sound. My band Hardcoretet will be performing with them on Thursday, May 24th with Gravity on at 8 and Hardcoretet on shortly after 9. We did this in January and it was a fantastic, and sold out, show. Don’t miss it! 206-443-4221 for reservations

McTuff NYE Show!

A few months ago I joined one of my favorite Seattle bands, McTuff, and I’m happy to share we’ll be playing a New Year’s Eve show at the White Rabbit in Fremont along with the Yadda Yadda Blues Band.

McTuff is made up of Joe Doria on the Hammond B3 organ, Andy Coe on guitar, Cliff Colon on tenor sax and myself on drums. All of these guys are incredible players with complete facility and control on their instruments and really mature musical instincts. They know when to hold back, when to let loose and how to contribute to a group sound. They’re all great soloists and great ensemble players, which is a rare combination.

Cover for the show is only $8 and tickets are on sale now, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone at Brown Paper Tickets!