Category Archives: New York freelance scene

Mintzer Mania!

I have been for­tu­nate in my musical life to play with many extra­or­di­nary musi­cians. I’m often asked what my favorite band or musi­cian has been to play with. So many come to mind immediately.…anything Rob Mounsey writes, Frank Sinatra, all … Con­tinue reading

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The Arranger

Arrangers are my heroes.                                                                                                                      A gifted and artful arranger can take an aus­tere piece of mun­dane music and turn it into pure magic while an arranger of dimin­ished skills can bleed the life right out of a mas­terful com­po­si­tion. Throughout my career, … Con­tinue reading

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Viva Vitoria/Super Aarhus

In addi­tion to great food, family and friends, Thanks­giving is always a won­derful time to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for. While my grat­i­tude list grows longer everyday, two recent events were absolutely sub­lime. In Sep­tember, … Con­tinue reading

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Trumpets Aplenty!

One of the truly great aspects of being a musi­cian is the inspi­ra­tion that comes from those we are for­tu­nate enough to work with. It recharges musical bat­teries, moti­vates improve­ment and per­sonal growth and gives us an emo­tional zing that few … Con­tinue reading

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Opening Night

There’s nothing like an opening night. Whether it’s the begin­ning of a Rolling Stones tour, playing with Bob Mintzer’s amazing big band for a week at the Blue Note in Tokyo or the start of a new Broadway show, Opening Night is elec­tric. … Con­tinue reading

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Tis the Season

Grat­i­tude and giving. We hear those words a lot this time of year, but they are impor­tant and mean­ingful words any time of year. If we were to incor­po­rate grat­i­tude and giving into our lives on a daily basis, I think we’d all … Con­tinue reading

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Bone Spirit

As musi­cians, we are for­tu­nate to live in a world where we are con­stantly inspired by others who do what we do. Ath­letes live in a sim­ilar world of good for­tune. Having run my own busi­ness for many years, I’ve devel­oped a level … Con­tinue reading

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Tokyo

Every once in awhile, we as musi­cians are for­tu­nate enough to do a gig that inspires us and reas­sures us that there is indeed a great pur­pose behind this some­times crazy busi­ness we exist in. For me, that gig came last week … Con­tinue reading

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New York, Broadway & the Queen of the Desert

The New York free­lance music scene, like the rest of the world, has under­gone dra­matic change in the past 10 to 15 years. At first glance it can seem over­whelming and a bit scary, but on closer inspec­tion we come to realize … Con­tinue reading

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A Good Week!

One of the many chal­lenges facing free­lance musi­cians is the sched­uling of work. I’m like everyone else. I’ll have days off waiting for a call, the phone rings for a gig, you hang up thrilled and the phone rings again for another … Con­tinue reading

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