It was nice to see so many beautiful people on the dance floor last night at Untitled for the Warner Bros. Gatsby release party.
I’ll be playing with the Balkan, brass, punk, jazz freak out band called Black Bear Combo at these spots next week. There are a ton of great lineups in each city so please check their page for more information.
April 1 - Southgate House Revival Newport, KY
April 2 - Howlers Coyote Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
April 3 - Studio 1469 Washington, DC
April 4 - Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
April 5 - Building 16 Providence, RI
April 6 - Littlefield Brooklyn, NY
This past weekend I had the opportunity to play in the horn section with sts9 for a sold out crowd at the congress theater. I can’t think of a better way to spend the Saint Patrick’s weekend! The other horn players in the section were Dave Levine (of Low Down Brass Band) on sax and Brent Sanders on trombone.
I’ll be playing trumpet in the Walkmen horn section this evening. I hope they kill it like they did at pitchfork a few years ago. They even bring their very own piano with them everywhere they travel.
Last week on Friday September 14th the Chicago Beethoven Festival commissioned several producers and popular acts to write and perform music inspired by themes from Beethoven’s third symphony in a series called the Rocketelle Project. I was honored to perform my own music featuring myself on trumpet and electronics and saxophonist Anthony Bruno. A long list of acts performed including Brighton MA, Stranger Lazy and electronic producer Cos of Push Beats. The project was added to the festival in order to reach out to an audience that may not normally attend a festival featuring Beethoven’s music.
I can’t wait to open for Antibalas tomorrow night at Lincoln Hall and finally hear the power of this big horn section live! They were just featured on Jimmy Fallon last week to advertise the start of their tour. Many of the songs feature Baritone, Tenor and two trumpets. I also hear the lead singer designs some of his own clothing.
It’s nice to witness such a positive display of unity amongst original bands in the Chicago area for a good cause. Last night a handful of groups pulled together to benefit students for a free Tibet in memory of it’s director and member of the Beastie Boys, Adam “MCA” Yauch. Each group took on the task of performing covers of classic music recorded by the iconic group. I was honored to have the opportunity to sit in on trumpet with the Low Down Brass Band on a couple of songs including “Brass Monkey”. All the bands pulled together for a very memorable and epic encore.