Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Forgot this...

I forgot to mention one more performance this weekend. I will be playing with Brandee Younger at Langston Hughes Library. The show starts at 2pm and is free to the public. maybe I'll see some of my Queens friends who don't ever come in to the city! Be well.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

here comes.....the holidays

Right now I'm sitting in a Starbucks, sipping on a tall Peppermint Mocha, looking at red and green EVERYTHING.  Last week I must have seen 20 commercials advertising 'holiday' deals.  All this means that the holiday season has arrived. Personally i am excited about all the good food and good company this time brings. As I've gotten older, the moments of true relaxation with family and friends has unfortunately become confined to holidays, weddings and funerals. Instead of lamenting thsi fact, I try as much as I can to take advantage of this holiday time to let myself go and enjoy the moments. There is so much to look forward to  NFL football, NBA basketball, the Spike Lee documentary on Michael Jackson, the extensive culinary skills available in my family. Yup, I'm excited.

In the meantime, there is music to be played! This week I have the pleasure of playing with Brandee Younger. Brandee is a wonderful harpist who I've known for a number of years and had the pleasure of hearing her play numerous times. I'll be playing as part of her quintet along with Chris Beck on drums Chelsea Baratz and Stacy Dillard on saxophones. This will be my first time performing with her group, and I'm looking forward to the performance. The show is at Fat Cat on Thursday November 15 at 7p hope to see some of you out. This Friday November 16 I will be at Sprig from 6-9 with Tivon Pennicott.  I have the wonderful opportunity to play at Sprig every Friday. It is a great restaurant with a funky concept and quality service and food. If you're looking for a new date spot, check out Sprig! On Sunday November 18, 2012 at 8p I'll be back in Brooklyn with Melanie Charles and her Haitian Jazz Project at Kombit Restaurant. This performance is part of a series curated by Gashford Guillaume. For someone looking to get hip to the Haitian Jazz sound, this series is a perfect place to start.

Looking forward to the end of this month I'll be traveling to Atlanta with HEY! Down there we'll be establishing a new chapter and hosting a revival. It is a pleasure for me to be involved with this wonderful cause. Hope to see all my ATL fam down there. Thats out time folks, lol. As always thanks for taking the time to check out my little corner of this here internet. Be safe, stay warm, and I'll see out in the analog world!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post-Sandy Swing

Hey y'all. I hope everyone is well. especially those of you who, like me, live and work in northeast U.S.A. Last week we experienced Hurricane Sandy, while not the largest storm the states has faced, it was certainly more than what we are used to and ready for. My prayers and thoughts remain especially with those who live and have loved ones on the Jersey coast, Lower Manhattan Staten and Long island, as well as Far Rockaway, NYC. No matter how much we prepare the elements are unpredictable and non-discerning. I hope that when its all said and done we are stronger and even more ready to deal with aftermath. After losing out a few shows last week because of Sandy, I am ready to get back on the bandstand sharing music with you all. this weekend will be full of music and friends, I hope that you can make it out to one of the gigs. 

It starts Thursday night from 7:30-9:30. I'll be playing with Sharel Cassity at Makeda's as part of the New Brunswick Jazz Project's weekly series there. Sharel is a wonderful saxophonist and composer and I am looking forward to playing her music with her and the band. After that show I'll be headed over to Le Poisson Rouge to participate in JAZZ for Hurricane Sandy Benefit, this is an effort being put together by producers of music for the benefit of other musicians who have lost so much because of the storm. Friday, November 9, 2012. I'll be playing with Melanie Charles at york College in Queens, NY. We''l be playing a short set from 8-8:45. I'll then be playing the late night set with Will Terrel  at Fat Cat in the west village. Saturday November 10, I'll be playing with The L.X.G at Oxford Presbyterian Church 8501 Stenton Ave Philadelphia, PA 19150 from 1p-4p. That evening, yes that evening lol, I'll be playing again with Melanie Charles, this time at La Caye Restaurant where we will begin a weekly residency for the month of November. Melanie is wonderful Haitian-American vocalist I truly to enjoy accompanying. If you can't make it out this week, mark your calenders for the rest of the month. That's the schedule for this weekend. I'll be posting a monthly calender on this blog of my public performances (as soon as I figure out how to do it!). As always thank you for checking out my little corner of the interwebs. 



BTW, always participate in, be aware and vigilant of the political situation worldwide, not only once every 4 to 8 years. Voting does NOT mean that you are politically aware. #imJUSTsaying





Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope that you're all enjoying the end of the weekend. Since being back home, I've been getting back 'on the scene' attending some shows and sessions, as well as playing quite a bit. This past Friday I had the pleasure of playing with Tom Finn at Sprig (where you can find me every Friday from 6-9). That evening I checked out George Burton from home on the Smalls live video feed. Which, by the way, is a great way to experience some of the worlds leading musicians. Today I played for the worship service at Tindley Temple in Philadelphia. Looking forward to this coming weekend, The L.X.G. will be the house band for La Perle des Antilles Fashion Show presented by HEY! This is going to be an exciting event and we are proud to be a part. There are still tickets available here. Thanks for checking out my blog, be blessed and have a great week.

Monday, October 8, 2012

its been a minute

2 years and a few months to be exact. Alot has happened in that time, much more than i would have imagined. But to bring you up to speed I'll give you cliff notes (do those even exist anymore?) version. I'm living in the Bronx playing bass, touring, writing, producing, and teaching. The two original music projects The LXG (www.thelxg.com) and Zenia and The Natural Experience (http://www.reverbnation.com/zeniaandnattyex) are in the post production phase of their respective releases.

There you are all caught up. If you want details you can always check out my Facebook Timleline, lol. Seriously though, Its interesting to me the amount of access and variety available on the internet, and it seems to grow exponentially everyday. Its changed the way of life for almost 3 generations of life and its still in its infancy. With all these options, that you would take the time and read this blog, come to a show, watch a video, and (eventually) buy a record, deserves and receives my gratitude. I work everyday with the hope that my contribution to the world does make it a better place, and thats what I look to share with you. Feedback is always welcome. I'll leave you with some music from the past 2 years.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBav3t-X7C0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BOYNboatFg

Friday, September 17, 2010

I'm BAAAAACK

Yes its been a while. I know that you all have been pining for my updates and opinions. Well I've been out living an analog life not much time for blogging. But since I'm out on the road for a few weeks I'll take this time to get a few blog entries in. I arrived in Joao Passoa Brazil yesterday afternoon to begin my 4th Brazillian tour with Mr. Billy Paul. Jaoa Passoa is a beautiful beach town I'm really looking forward to the show, I'm told we'll have a sold out crowd. I don't really have much to share at this juncture. The airline did lose my luggage, which is a drag, I'm staying positive, they said it will be here today. anyway, i'm off to live some more life in this beautiful town. pics and stories to follow. I leave you with on of my analog activities. Check it out!http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yN7VJxYIYQ

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just wanted to share this picture and a bit of music with you all this time around.