My father passed away in June. At the time, I had planned to move to New York in the fall but, in the aftermath, decided to stay in Seattle to regain my bearings and keep making music with the incredible musicians I love and am lucky enough to work with. I played with Joe Doria and Dan Heck the night he died and was immediately reminded of the healing strength of what I get to do. Playing served as one of the few things that made me present and pulled me out of the darkness, helping to slowly rebuild the drive and energy I lost in the weeks afterwards.
So I want to thank Joe, Dan, Tim Kennedy, Andy Coe, Skerik, Ian Sheridan, Thomas Marriott, RL Heyer, Kate Olson, Neil Welch, Tim Carey, Brad Gibson, the many others I’ve played with since, and the wonderful women of The Tiptons who I’m about to tour with and know will leave me feeling warm and full. I’m going to stay in Seattle for now, play with my friends, work on the Happy Orchestra record that’s sounding SO good (see below), and stay happy.
I’m happy to say that 2013 was even better than 2012. As a performer I’ve had the opportunity to play over 160 shows this year, both with my main projects and as a guest with some of my favorite Seattle bands and musicians. As a teacher I’ve continued my work with schools all over the city as well as with my own students, giving me a chance to make music and have a great time with over 50 kids aged 6 – 60. I got into grant writing, I traveled the coast and border states, and my chickens are still alive. Yep, a good year!
A busy week ahead with some long-time musical partners, a brand new band, and the return of Tiger’s Wood:
McTuff – Tuesday, January 8th @ Seamonster Lounge, 10:30pm – 21+
Tiger’s Wood – Wednesday, January 9th @ Triple Door Musicquarium, 8:30pm – 21+ Eclectic Approach – Thursday, January 10th @ Amber, 10pm – 21+ Eclectic Approach – Friday, January 11th @ Wild Buffalo, 8pm – 21+
Tim Carey Trio – Saturday, January 12th @ Hotel Monaco, Private Function McTuff – Sunday, January 13th @ Marine View Church, 5pm – All-Ages
Eclectic Approach is a funk/pop group out of Seattle with a long list of accomplishments and a bright future. They recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel live and raised over $20,000 with a Kickstarter in December, and I’ll be subbing for their drummer on these two shows. Tiger’s Wood, featuring Richie Aldente members Tim Kennedy and Ian Sheridan, returns to the Musicquarium, McTuff visits Marine View Church’s Jazz Series, and I’ll be playing some straight-ahead jazz at Hotel Monaco with fellow Hardcoretet members Tim Carey and Aaron Otheim. Lots of different music with lots of talented players.