Steve Davis, James Burton and me playing with Ron Carter’s Great Big Band at Birdland. What a swingin’ section.
I am subbing at “Beautiful” the Carole King Musical, all weekend on Broadway in New York City with my buddy Tatum Greenblatt.
The goal for me this weekend is to sound as “commercial” as possible. One of my favorite trumpet players (who shall go nameless) gave me some tips on how to achieve a commercial sound.
I don’t want to give away his secrets, but I did have to slap on a smaller mouth piece (bach 12c) to help me get that commercial sizzle, à la James Pankow from Chicago (one of my favorite “commercial” trombonists). I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend playing Carole King’s Music.
I had the pleasure of performing as a substitute on Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center with these wonderful musicians Charley Gordon, and Marcus Rojas.
Since my last post I have been busy with concerts and teaching. Here is a rundown of my latest and future projects.
This is my second year at Riverdale County School. Teaching enriches my playing and satisfies my urge to pass along knowledge to the next generation. The faculty/staff at RCC is top notch.
It has been years since I last played with the Birdland Big Band. What a welcome experience it was to join them again recently. The band has evolved over the years. The trombone section was out of sight with Sarah Jacovino on Lead, Ron Wilkins, and James Browski on bass trombone. I hope to be back there again soon.
Since the closure of Carousel, I am back to “subbing” on various musicals. I was back to one of the most enjoyable shows that I sub at, The Lion king.
I played at Birdland for the CD release of Migiwa Miyagima’s Augmented Orchestra. We recorded the CD last year and I am excited for its release. She packed the house at Birdland and the music sounded fantastic. My mom came out to this one so it was special for me. She lives on the “Left Coast,” so I don’t get to see her everyday.
Rufus Reid’s “Quiet Pride” project took me to Iowa City, IA. The music was challenging and the band delivered an exciting performance. I was impressed with he playing of Ryan Keberly and Michael Dease. Monster players and monster band.
Ron Carters Great Big Band performed at Birdland as well. Mr. Carter takes you on a ride when you are playing with him. He will do something you don’t expect. That is why I love playing in his band. What an honor!!
We had a wonderful concert with the John Eckert New York 9 Nonet at St Peters Church, Manhattan, NY. This is where I have been focus some of my writing lately. This band regularly plays my compositions and arrangements. We have been together for several years and the band is really developing a strong personal sound.
Next week I am busy with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. First I am taking over the Lead Trombone Position in the band moving forward. Second, we are beginning the New School Residency with an Open Rehearsal on October 29th from 4-6pm, at 55 west 13th St (2nd Floor). The band will be rehearsing various charts from the book, as well as instituting an emerging composer series.
Third, after the open rehearsal, we pack up and head over to the Village Vanguard for our regular set this Monday, October 29th. Sets are at 8:30PM and 10:30PM. Finally on Saturday, November 3rd, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Brings Big-Band Swing to Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Avenue, Appleton Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Next month I will be recording with the NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath as he puts together another big band album, subbing at the Radio City Musical Hall Christmas Spectacular, and eating lots of “healthy” food for the Holidays.
The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra celebrates the release of their 2nd CD, “Without a Trace,” at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola on Monday, Sept. 3 (sets at 7:30 & 9:30). Scott’s arrangements and compositions for “Without a Trace,” along with the 2016 release, “Portraits and Places,” span 18 years and embody a life’s work. Check out this profile of the band in the August issue of “Downbeat.”
Michel Camilo is recording his next Latin Jazz Big Band album. I am having a blast grooving with this all-star line-up.
Tonight I am performing with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York City. Sets are at 8:30pm and 10:30pm.
Tonight I am excited to be performing with one of my early influences in music, Tom Scott. We are doing a live recording at NYU.
Since 2008, Flushing Town Hall’s QueensJazz Orchestra, under the direction of NEA Jazz Master Dr. Jimmy Heath, has performed to thousands of jazz lovers, honoring music made popular by jazz icons who called Queens their home, featuring established jazz heroes and the next generation of greats.
This special 10th anniversary celebration on Friday, June 29 at Flushing Town Hall will honor Jimmy Heath and his life’s journey through jazz. Tickets and more at http://bit.ly/QJO2018
Queens Jazz Orchestra 10th Year Anniversary! – Flushing Town Hall
— Read on www.flushingtownhall.org/event/0eca78ba9ee6f2a731e23e486361b37e
Join us this week, July 18-23 at the Blue Note jazz club in New York City. Paquito D’Rivera leads an all-star big band of Dizzy Gillespie alumni and world-class jazz artists. We will be for performing some of Dizzy Gillespie’s most famous works as well as samba Jazz and Cuban jazz for your enjoyment.
Joining us for the set will be the Grammy nominated artist Roberta Gambarini singing some beautiful selections from the Dizzy Gillespie repertoire.
Wednesday was my first day of teaching at The Dalton School in NYC where I am now the trombone teacher.
My next student was up town at the City College New York where I have taught for 6 years now.
And finally I ended the night at Sunset Blvd. starring Glenn Close.
Jason Jackson performing with Michael Feinstein for a Nat King Cole Tribute
I performed last night with Michael Feinstein and the American Song Book Big Band conducted by Tedd Firth for a tribute to Nat King Cole at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Appel Room. Great concert!!i
Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange NJ with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm.
There are strict rules governing when a substitute musician is allowed to play on with a Broadway orchestra. One of the rules is that in a given section, if there is a 1st time sub, all the other musicians in that section must be a regular member OR a substitute that has been designated “as good as the regular player.”
Usually a person is not designated until they have played the show quite a number of times. In my case, I’ve played the show three times and tonight I was playing in the section with a first time lead trumpet player.
Although playing with a 1st time lead trumpeter can be nerve wrecking, I took it as a compliment to my playing. All went very well.
Looking forward to performing with one of Broadway’s most fabulous Orchestra’s at “Sunset Boulevard” tonight.
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones