Father John Misty at Auditorium Theater

Last night I had the opportunity to play with the great Father John Misty in a beautiful theater.   Always an honor to play for such an attentive audience.  Amazing show!

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Music Appreciation

If you are attending Moraine Valley Community College do not miss this opportunity to sign up for my music appreciation class.  Take a helicopter tour of what the entire history of music has to offer in one semester!  The next class I teach will be offered in March of 2014.

The Walkmen at the Vic Theater Friday Janurary 18th

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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.

A Time for Livin

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MCA tribute

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.

Hollows Sophomore LP Available April 10th

I don’t think anyone who checked out Zooey Deschanel’s band She and Him at  Millennium Park in Chicago a few summers back would forget the killer girl band that  opened up the show.   I’ve been lucky to run into the members of Hollows a few more times since then both playing with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at the Metro and performing alongside Bassist and Flutist Emma Hospelhorn in the horn section for Stephen Paul Smoker.  The first song to surface of their upcoming release is called “V is for Vulture” and it features myself and trombonist Andrew Zelm.  To hear more about the release check out this interview in the Brooklyn Vegan.

Hollows: V is for Vulture