Skidmore SJE 12.1.12

This semester I had the privilege of returning to Skidmore College to teach jazz piano and coach combos in the music department. The video below shows my student combos’ final performance. If you missed it live, the online stream is the next best thing. Special thanks go to Mark Vinci and George Muscatello for their excellent work coaching with me, the Skidmore Music Department for their support, and all the great work by the students. Enjoy!

Watch live streaming video from skidmorevideo at

moving forward

I feel good right now…despite my cold, which I’m sure is related to all the craziness I have been through over the past few weeks. However, it was for all good things! You’ll see a link to mt friend Dan’s Kickstarter below. I had the pleasure of contributing keyboard tracks to the record, and it is sounding really great! Now he is looking for help producing it…check it out.

From doing that recording session, I got the gig being John Medeski’s organ tech at Le Poisson Rouge for a midnight gig, and then for a couple of days of recording back at The Bunker. John and Aaron are killin it over there. It looks and sounds amazing! You never know how your connections will play out, so I always try to take advantage of as many as I can.

I finally have a date for my graduate recital: Friday April 27th, 8pm. Now, I only need to learn all my music! The next two months are going to be even more crazy. I thought that by only being in one ensemble this semester my life would be a little more sane. However, that is not true. I am in a 20th century accompanying class that is really challenging. Though I only need to go to Boston officially one day a week, that one day is a big day: 8 hours of class, 0 breaks. However, this semester, next semester, and I am officially a Master of Music! Until then, I must keep working…