November 2010

Over the Thanksgiving weekend my Nick Drake Project Kickstarter Campaign passed the 50% mark! This means that with your help, we are now halfway to funding the recording of our new CD. I am so grateful for the support so far. It means the world to me that you’ve pledged to help us make this […]

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Tomorrow marks the 36th Anniversary of the passing of British singer/songwriter Nick Drake. Many people who are new to Nick’s music think that he is a current artist and still with us. That’s a great testament to the timeless quality of his songs. As you know if you’ve visited this blog recently, I am in […]

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A couple weeks ago a video started making the rounds of the jazz blogosphere that featured robots talking in jazz slang. A second one appeared soon, and then the great vibraphonist Joe Locke made one to spotlight his Kickstarter campaign. I couldn’t resist making my own. Thanks to text-to-movie technology and the good folks at […]

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Have I mentioned how cool Michele Khazak is??? Oh, that’s right, I did! But she’s so cool that it’s worth mentioning again. 😉 I am thrilled beyond belief to have her involved in the Jason Parker Quartet’s Nick Drake Tribute Project! Her voice is the perfect compliment to the music and to the JPQ. Plus, […]

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I launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Jason Parker Quartet’s Nick Drake project on Monday and have been talking it up on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. In just a few short days the project is 43% funded! Thanks to all who’ve made their pledge of support so far. I’ve realized, however, that if you’re […]

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Evan Flory-Barnes is one of the most inspiring cats I know. His bass playing and musical depth are astounding, and he has an incredible ability to draw in the listener every time he plays. Sharing the stage with him for the last 3+ years has been a joy and has made me a better musician. […]

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Josh Rawlings has been my dear friend and closest musical collaborator for many years now. I like to joke that he and I are a “MySpace romance”, because we met when I was trolling that site for bands to share bills with. It was 2006 when I asked Josh if his band Soul Kata would […]

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“Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.” – Twyla Tharp (from The Creative Habit) “A community of good […]

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As I sit typing this in my favorite coffee shop in Seattle I can see the rain coming down, bringing the red, yellow and orange leaves with it. Fall in the Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite times of year. Some people see it as decay, end of summer, dark times descending, but I […]

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in the process of shooting a video for the Jason Parker Quartet’s upcoming Kickstarter campaign to help fund our Nick Drake Project CD. The campaign kicks off on Nov. 15th and I’ve been driving around Seattle to film video of each member of the band to introduce […]

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