I’m excited to report that Happy Orchestra was voted 2016 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year by readers of Earshot Jazz!I’m also honored to have been nominated NW Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year. I’m proud and thankful to all the incredible musicians that contribute to the project and all of you for the support.
Happy will be back in action at the Ballard Jazz Fest, Seattle Out to Lunch Concerts, SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, Jazz in the Valley, and much more as we ramp up to the official release of the record this fall at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Thanks for the love!
Last month I was honored to be featured on the cover of Seattle’s jazz publication Earshot Magazine. You can read the article here! You can also view my favorite defacing of the cover here:
In other news, Happy Orchestra is performing at Nectar Lounge every Tuesday night in December! We’re also using the shows as a food drive for Northwest Harvest so bring some nonperishable food, look for the donation box at the venue, and have some fun while doing some good in your community. A list of suggested foods can be found here.
Thanks for the love and support, I’ll see ya at some shows.
The Happy Orchestra record got its start in January with a day-long session of rhythm section tracks. We got foundations for about half of the record, a snippet of which you can hear at the successfully-funded Kickstarter Update Page. Check it!
Happy has also been nominated 2015 Alternative Jazz Group of the Year in the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award poll. You can vote over at earshot.org until March 10th, and while you’re there read my Ask a Jazz Musician column from the January and February issues.