Steve Davis, James Burton and me playing with Ron Carter’s Great Big Band at Birdland. What a swingin’ section.
Shawn Edmonds and me In the “pit” room for the Broadway production of “Ain’t Too Proud.”
Its always fun working with this band! I love Playing those classic horn section lines, and we get to put on a clip on mic, costume and dance onstage at the end of the show.
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.
Rosena Hill Jackson is playing the role of Nettie Fowler at Carousel on Broadway for the matinee today. I am so excited to hear my wonderful wife sing.
“Bad Bones” at the second day of Michel Camilo’s Big Band recording session. Steve Davis, Michael Dease, Jason Jackson, and Dave Taylor.
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.
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
I am honored to be performing with the great Johnny Mathis tonight at the Theater at Westbury in Westbury NY. Mathis is an octogenarian that has kept his silky smooth voice.
My wife Rosena Hill Jackson stepped in for Renee Fleming tonight in the role of Nettie at the Broadway production of Carousel in the middle of the second act. The audience gave her a big cheer and loud applause after her performance of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” I am so proud of her. As a member of the Carousel orchestra, I was so moved that tears began to well up in my eyes as I heard Rosena sing. Everyone in the orchestra was blown away by Rosena’s singing. They all congratulated me. Thank you Rosena!!
In this world premiere of Gary S. Fagin’s new cantata for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone and orchestra, the KCO gives voice, hauntingly, to those most affected by the gun epidemic: victims of gun violence and their families. This timely piece has been called “beautiful;” “stunning;” “an important work.”
“The Struggle To Forgive – Confronting Gun Violence in America” will be presented at the Schimmel Center for the Arts (Pace University) on Friday, May 4, 2018, beginning at 7:30pm.
Complex and powerful, the evening will tell the sweeping story of an issue that defines our time—gun violence.
May 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm Schimmel Center for the Arts Pace University 3 Spruce Street New York, NY Tickets are $29
Special offer for family and friends: Save 10%.
By Phone: 212-346- 1715 and mention code FRIENDS10, online at SchimmelCenter.org, enter code FRIENDS10, or in person at The Schimmel Center Box Office at 3 Spruce Street and mention code FRIENDS10. Offer valid through 4/28/2018. Max 8 tickets.
Happy to announce the opening of Carousel at the Imperial Theater in NYC tonight. A wonderful 25 piece orchestra backing up an all star cast including Rosena M Hill Jackson.
Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Mon, Apr 16 @ 8:30PM
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, New York, NY
Join our weekly gig at the Village Vanguard.
We will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!
Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Door open 7:30
Age limit: All ages
Jesus Christ Superstar Live NBC back stage with Andrew Lloyd Webber
After performing with the live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC Easter Sunday, I took a photo with the composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lord Andrew is a very gracious man.
Come on down and help us celebrate this great 52 year tradition! Please share this event with your friends and family! We’d love to see you there!
Nice time substituting at A Bronx Tale last night. The regular let’s the subs use his Miraphone tuba, but I brought a Walter Sear tuba last night to see if it would be more comfortable. Both seemed fine, if anything, the Miraphone played with less resistance. I was able to produce more sound with less effort on the Miraphone as compared to the Walter Sear tuba.
Thanks to the fine musicians in the band: Perry Cavari, Kenny Beschia, Jamie Dauber, Smitty at the stick and playing piano, and everyone else. Hope to be back soon.