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1,000 Trumpeters to check out (1-300)

Posted in Improvisation, jazz trumpet music, Musical Influences, Performance with tags , , , on April 7, 2015 by pogo56

Hello Trumpeters and everyone else,

Here’s a partial list of the 1,000 trumpeters that I think are worth checking out if you are serious about the craft. They are in no particular order.  Just listing off the top of the dome!! I’ll be releasing these in sections so stay tuned!

1.Buddy Bolden

2.Louis Armstrong

3.Jabbo Smith

4.Bix Beiderbeck

5.Henry “Red” Allen

6.Doc Chetham

7.Theo Croker

8.Wallace Roney

9.Miles Davis

10.Clifford Brown

11.Fats Navarro

12.Chet Baker

13.Freddie Hubbard

14.Booker Little

15.Lee Morgan

16.Richard Willams

17.Johnny Coles

18.Carmel Jones

19.Thad Jones

20.John McNeil

21.Sean Jones

22.Ambrose Akinmusire

23.Tom Harrell

24.Terence Blanchard

25.Wynton Marsalis

26.Philip Harper

27.Philip Dizack

28.Mike Rodriguez

29.Avishai Cohen

30.Ingrid Jensen

31.Clora Bryant

32.Maurice Brown

33.Corey Wilkes

34.Nicholas Payton

35.Don Ellis

36.Taylor Ho Bynum

37.Bill Dixon

38.Dave Douglas

39.Graham Haynes

40.Ted Curson

41.Jeremy Pelt

42.Darren Barrett

43.Greg Hopkins

44.Blue Mitchell

45.Randy Brecker

46.Peter Kenagy

47.Dan Rosenthal

48.Billy Buss

49.Eric Bloom

50.Dizzy Gillespie

51.Roy Eldridge

52.Snooky Young

53.Lonnie Hillyer

54.Jack Walrath

55.Lew Soloff

56.Josh Evans

57.Scotty Barnhart

58.Marquis Hill

59.Coung Vu

60.Woody Shaw

61.Andrew Baham

62.Irvin Mayfield

63.Derrick Shezbie

64.Jeremy Davenport

65.Kevin Louis

66.Theljon Allen

67.Deandre Shaffer

68.Peter Evans

69.Jay Phelps

70.Roy Hargrove

71.Lester Bowie

72.Jon Faddis

73.Benny Benack III

74.DuPree Bolton

75.Jonah Jones

76.Joe Wilder

77.Clark Terry

78.Freddie Webster

79.Nat Adderley

80.Brian Lynch

81.Art Farmer

82Leron Thomas

83.Keyon Harold

84.Arturo Sandoval

85.Waldron Ricks

86.Alex “Pope” Norris

87.Alan Shorter

88.Conti Candoli

89.Dave Neves

90.Phrarez Whitted

91.Ryan Kisor

92.Mike Olmos

93.Geechi Taylor

94.Louis Smith

95.Donald Byrd

96.Arve Henriksen

97.Gerard Prescenser

98.Phil Grenadier

99.Adam Rapa

100.Carlos Abadie

101.Lee Hogans

102.Michael “Patches” Stewart

103.Tom Brown

104.Herb Alpert

105.Chuck Mangione

106.Chris Botti

107.Gabe Johnson

108.Raynald Colom

109.Josiah Woodson

110Johnathan Finlayson

111.Chris Klaxton

112.Maynard Ferguson

113.Ralph Allesi

114.Rolf Erickson

115.Benny Bailey

116.Scott Tinkler

117.Bria Skonberg

118.Cindy Bradley

119.Rick Braun

120.Rashawn Ross

121.Tim Hagans

122.Dave Smith

123.Seneca Black

124.Marcus Printup

125.Kenny Rampton

126.Ron Horton

127.Pat Harbison

128.Ron Miles

129.Orbert Davis

130.Dominick Farrinachi

131.Nate Wooley

132.Adam O’Farrill

133.Greg Gisbert

134.Brad Goode

135.Hugh Ragin

136.Joe Robinson

137.Jay Lineberry

138.Harry James

139.Bruce Harris

140.Scott Arruda

140.Justin Ray

141.Marlon Jordan

142.Terell Stafford

143.Ashlin Parker

144.Forbes Graham

145.Nabate Isles

146.Alex Sipiagin

147.Ray Nance

148.Bunny Berigan

149.Oran “Hot Lips” Page

150.Kermit Ruffins

151.Virgil Jones

152.Bobby Shew

153.Enrico Rava

154.Red Rodney

155.Dizzy Reece

156.Jim Rotundi

157.Christian Scott

158.Ray Vega

159.Cy Touff

160.Charles Tolliver

161.Eddie Allen

162.Franco Ambrosetti

163.Ray Anderson

164.Donald Ayler

165.Guy Barker

166.Harold “Shorty” Baker

167.Mario Bauza

168.Uli Beckerhoff

169.Marcus Belgrave

170.Anders Bergcrantz

171.Wayne Bergeron

172.Steven Bernstein

173.Russ Johnson

174.Flavio Boltro

175.Bobby Bradford

176.Ruby Braff

177.Bud Brisbois

178.Till Bronner

179.Billy Butterfield

180.Pete Candoli

181.Andre Canniere

182.Roy Campbell

183.Benny Carter

184.Bill Chase

185.Don Cherry

186.Buck Clayton

187.Bill Coleman

188.John D’earth

189.Josh Deutsch

190.Billy Eckstine

191.Harry “Sweets” Edison

192.Mathias Eick

193.Ziggy Elman

194.Don Fagerquist

195.Dusko Gojkovic

196.Dennis Gonzalez

197.Jerry Gonzalez

199.Conrad Gozzo

200.Bobby Hackett

201.Bill Hardman

202.Eddie Henderson

203.Roger Ingram

204.Mark Isham

205.Don Jacoby

206.Bunk Johnson

207.Freddie Keppard

208.Hugh Masekela

209.Howard McGhee

210.Mike Metheny

211.Bubber Miley

212.Nils Petter Molvaer

213.Joe Newman

214.Farnell Newton

215.Ibrahim Maalouf

216.King Oliver

217.Ephraim Owens

218.Jimmy Owen

219.Herb Phillips

220.Herb Pomeroy

221.Chase Sanborn

223.Carl Saunders

224.Manfred Schoof

225.Doc Severinsen

226.Charlie Shavers

227.Jack Sheldon

228.Marvin Stamm

229.Tomasz Stanko

230.Rex Stewart

231.Allen Vizzutti

232.Kenny Wheeler

233.Cootie Willams

234.Cosimo Boni

235.Felix Rossy

236.Russell Macklem

237.Al Strong

238.Tiger Okoshi

239.Amir el Shafaar

240.Abram Wilson

241.Ahmed Abdullah

242.Al Porcino

243.Al Hood

244.Amik Guerra

245.Andrea Tofanelli

246.Ansyn Banks

247.Axel Dorner

248.Baikida Carroll

249.Barrie Lee Hall Jr.

250.Scott Wendholt

251.Bill Warfield

252.Bob Lark

253.Bob Montgomery

254.Brad Clements

255.Brad Mason

256.Brad Turner

257.Brandon Lee

258.Brian Chahley

259.Brownman

260.Antoine Drye

261.Michael Shobe

262.Nathan Breedlove

263.Susana Santos

264.Ray Codrington

265.Jorge Vistel

267.Justin Kisor

268.Arthur Whetsol

270.Mercer Ellington

271.Russell Gunn

272.Melvin Jones

273.Fabien Mary

274.John Bailey

275.Tom William (DC)

276.Matt Shulman

277.Matt Holman

278.Nadje Noordhuis

279.Diego Urcola

280.Jean Caze

281.Jumaane Smith

282.Barry Ries

283.Kenny Dorham

284.Melton Mustafa

285.Igmar Thomas

286.Thad Wilson

287.Michael Thomas

288.Trent Austin

289.Rasul Saddik

290.Leroy Jones

291.Lionel Ferbos

292.Malachi Thompson

293.Mark Rapp

294.Matthew Jodrell

295.Nick Roseboro

296.Nicole Rampersaud

297.Paolo Fresu

298.Randy Sandke

299.Raphe Malik

300.Rex Richardson

 More to come, Stay tuned!!

JP

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Walter Smith III

Posted in Improvisation, Musical Influences, Performance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2015 by pogo56

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I’ve maintained for years that Walter Smith III is the Wayne Shorter of my generation.  I say this of the Houston native because like Wayne Shorter, who’s played alongside the greatest trumpet players of his generation and above (Miles, Freddie Hubbard, and Lee Morgan immediately come to mind); Walter has also done the same with his generation, performing with the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, Sean Jones, Darren Barrett, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Douglas.  Walter has one of the most seamless streams of music originality that you can imagine coming from and improvising music.  He’s dona ALL of his homework so he is at home in any style that’s laid before him.  Not only is he a great saxophonist, he’s also an excellent composer, arranger, and educator.  Here’s what Walter had to say after hearing the examples:

Example 1: Marcus Strickland live at the Regattabar Cambridge Ma 2008
Marcus Strickland (sounds like his tone and time feel)

Response:  I’ve been listening to Marcus for years…I met him at IAJE when I was in high school and he was playing a white LA Sax! He blew me away then and continues to be one of my favorites and a real torch bearer for our generation.

Example 2: Myron Walden live at Fat Cat NYC (year unknown)
Not really sure on this one ….if I had to guess I would say Myron Walden? Sounds like his alto phrasing and articulation a bit, but I don’t know his tenor playing quite as well as his alto playing.
Response:  It’s cool how you can hear someone’s nuance regardless of the instrument they are playing! His playing with fellowship was a huge inspiration to me and still is. Also “Like A Flower Seeking the Sun” is still on the desert island list…

Example 3: Logan Richardson live at the Duc du Lombards Paris 2013
Logan Richardson (pretty awesome sound and patience).

Response: One of the absolute trend setters on the saxophone these days who is always pushing and inspiring. Another dude that’s carrying the torch for the generation!

Example 4: Ravi Coltrane live at the Jazz Standard 2013
So familiar but i can’t place it! My guess is going to be J.D. Allen but it’s more Trane than Wayne here.

Response: I can’t believe I missed this one! Especially because I’m pretty sure that I was at this show one day that week! Ravi has great ideas and great phrasing and always brings the energy!

Example 5: George Garzone live at the Museum Boston (year unknown)
Again, super familiar but I can’t place it! great sound/taste.

Response: Wow! Garzone! He’s a bad dude and has taught just about everybody I know at some point. Always great to hear him.

Example 6:  Bill McHenry Live at the Village Vanguard Nyc (year unknown)
hmm…

Response: I only have “Roses” and the quartet record with Paul Motian so I’m not as familiar with his playing as the rest of the guys here but getting more of his stuff is definitely on my list of things to do. Great ideas and unique directions with his phrases. Very cool.

Example 7:  Tim Warfield live at Scullers (year unknown)
Tim Warfield? Sounds like his sound and inflection for sure.
The one thing that’s happening here is I’m realizing how small my sound is!
Response: Tim is my man! Fell in love with his playing from the Nicholas Payton records in high school and he’s definitely a powerful saxophone player. He has one of the most colorful tones and set of inflection of anybody. I’d also imagine it would be fun to play in a rhythm section behind him since he has so much energy all the time.

Do yourself a big favor if you haven’t already and pick up Walter’s latest record on his website!!

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Jeremy Pelt

Posted in Improvisation, jazz trumpet music, Performance with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

Jeremy Pelt

I truly think that any trumpeter of my generation or younger that’s playing anything of consequence owes a debt to Jeremy Pelt.  Jeremy is a prime example of an artist that has continued to reinvent himself, producing great interesting projects that are steeped in the history of the trumpet in this music as well as forward thinking.  I myself owe a huge debt to my fellow JP for simply bringing me down to Wally’s in the fall of 1997 and asking me to play for him as well as the subsequent lessons that followed!!  Here’s what Jeremy had to say after hearing the examples:


Example 1
-Dave Douglas Live at R-bar

1) Hmmm… I must admit that I’m completely clueless as to who it might be. There are shades of Keyon Harrold in there, but it’s definitely not him. There are shades of me in there, but definitely not me. I like where his solo went though, and I can’t wait to find out who it was.

Example 2-Wynton live with Freddie Hubbard NYC

2) Wynton Marsalis sitting in with Hub at the Blue Note. Interesting to hear how his sound evolved. Also, funnily enough listening to the first couple of phrases, you get the impression the Wynton is mocking Hub, which was the wrong thing to do in THIS period of Hub. Before he called Wynton up, he completely KILLED ‘Hubtones’.

Example 3-Ryan Kisor Live in Japan

3) Hmmm…. Can’t say I know who this is either. Obviously they’re indebted to Woody. The voicings on the piano suggest that it could be Harold Mabern on the piano.

Example 4-Tom Harrell with Johnathan Blake

4) Tom Harrell…That sound is so great, and you can hear K.D. all up in it.

Example 5-Keyon Harrold live in NYC

5.) Keyon Harrold…so open. Like the shape of his lines.

Example 6-Christian Scott Live at the R-Bar

6.) Is it Marquis Hill ?

Example 7-Art Farmer live in NYC

7.) Again…completely clueless.

Do yourself a favor and keep up with Jeremy’s new music and live appearances on his website!

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Dave Neves

Posted in Improvisation, jazz trumpet music, Performance with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

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Massachusetts native and recent NYC resident trumpet phenom David Neves has been a constant sonic inspiration for me.  I’ve been lucky enough to track his progress since I first heard him play at Wally’s about five or six years ago.  And he comes down often so its been that much more pleasurable to experience his progress week in and week out.  I often hire him to play in my band because I love the sound of the trumpet, especially when it’s in Dave’s hands, lol!!!  If you ask me he should have been in the Monk Semis in LA in 2014.  Here’s what Dave had to say after hearing with test:

Example 1-Dave Douglas Live at R-bar

I think this may be Dave Douglas? There are points of this solo where it sounds exactly like him, but there are also other parts where he plays things not really characteristic of his playing. To me, his inflections are Dave Douglas-ish though.

Example 2-Wynton live with Freddie Hubbard NYC

I’m really unsure of who this is. There’s points where it sounds like Freddie, but that would be too obvious. It’s not, but I can’t tell who it is. This is a good example though of a trumpet player who has a similar to other trumpet players (Freddie in this case).

Example 3-Ryan Kisor Live in Japan

To me, this sounds like Lee Morgan. His feeling and time-feel and ideas all scream Lee to me (in the beginning).  However, the lines he plays about a minute into the solo start getting a Woody Shaw sound definitely.  I can’t tell.

Example 4-Tom Harrell with Johnathan Blake

This is definitely Tom Harrell. Everything about this is Tom Harrell. He’s one of my favorite players. The space he leaves, his time-feel and his sound. Also whenever he plays anything, it sounds like he’s constantly searching for something different, but still with a melodic sense.

Example 5-Keyon Harrold live in NYC

In the beginning, I thought this might have been Roy Hargrove. I really can’t tell who it may be. It sounds like a younger trumpet player. Has so much fire and some awesome, and creative ideas. I just don’t know, but I wish I could play “One Finger Snap” like that. Then end when he’s holding the long notes out, it sounds like Nicholas Payton.

Example 6-Christian Scott Live at the R-Bar

Again, I can’t really tell who this is. Again, there’s some points where they sound a bit like Roy Hargrove, but there’s also points where it doesn’t sound like Roy at all.

Example 7-Art Farmer live in NYC

I really need to listen to more trumpet players! Whoever this is has a kind of Tom Harrell vibe, but I’m really unsure who it may be. John McNeil?

Dave has a new recording out that is excellent entitled Progress Report!  Stay afloat with what’s going on in Dave by visiting his facebook page!

Blindfold Series: EJ Strickland

Posted in Performance on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

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EJ Strickland is one of the most versatile, in-demand musical artists of my generation living in NY and performing on the international stage.  I first met him and his brother at the Monk Camp in Aspen over 15 years ago.  He’s got an infectious groove at the drum throne and he’s a great composer as well!  Here’s what EJ had to say after hearing the examples:


Example 1-Kendrick Scott
Tribute to Herbie Hancock in NYC (year unknown)

1.)  I wanna say Kendrick, but I’m very hesitant..  really not sure..  but, I hear some Roy Haynes influence..  I’m sure it’s not him, though..  Marcus Gilmore is my 2nd guess

Example 2-Jochen Ruechert in England (year unknown) with Michael Janisch’s 5tet (Jason Palmer, Paul Booth, MJ, Jim Hart, JR)

2.)  I’m thinking this might be Nasheet Waits..  very loose approach..  but, again..  I hesitate..

Example 3-Marcus Gilmore in Boston with Nicholas Payton 5tet (year unknown)

3.)  Have no idea..  but, nice solo

Example 4-Obed Calvaire in Cambridge with Kurt Rosenwinkel 5tet (year unknown)

4.)  Kendrick Scott..  I definitely thinks this is KADS.

Example 5-Jamire Williams in NYC with Darren Barrett and Myron Walden

5.)  This guy comes from where I’m coming from on the drums a bit..  we might have similar influences..  maybe Jonathan Blake..  I hesitate, once again.
Example 6-Jeff Ballard in London with Jason Palmer, Michael Janisch, and Julian Siegel.
6.)  I’m pretty certain that this is Jeff Ballard..  cymbal sound..  approach..  drum sound..  yeah, that’s Ballard.
Example 7-Clarence Penn in London with Jason Palmer and Cedric Hanriot’s City of Poets (2014)
7.)  I have no idea..  starts off very minimalistic..  I don’t know too many cats that play like that..

Visit EJ’s website here to keep up with what’s happening with him!

Blindfold Bootleg Series: Austin McMahon

Posted in Composition, Improvisation, Musical Influences, Performance with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2015 by pogo56

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I consider Austin to be one of the most talented, acute artists of my generation to sit at the drum throne. He’s got a great sophisticated touch on the set and as a horn player, he’s VERY easy to make music with because he has a strong set of musical ears. He also co-leads the Quartet of Happiness, one of the frontrunners in introducing children to thee are of jazz and improvisation in a fresh and interactive way! Here’s what Austin had to say after hearing the test examples:

Example 1-Clarence Penn in London with Jason Palmer and Cedric Hanriot’s City of Poets (2014)

1) I love the phrasing of this example. The drummer has such command of the time amidst this syncopated (yet spacious) vamp. Although the gestures are fragmented and largely occurring within the spaces of the accompaniment, the solo has a clear shape and direction to it. I particularly enjoy the superimposition of other meters/grooves and his sonic concept. Nowadays, it seems more and more drummers are utilizing “prepared” sounds like a heavily muffled snare or additional high-pitched auxiliary drum (as heard in this example) to add a little more color to the drummer’s palette. Based on this brief example I’m not certain who this drummer is and therefore would rather be surprised and hope to check them out more in the future!

After: Ah, yes, Clarence Penn. I actually thought of him for a second when I heard the splash cymbal but didn’t put all the pieces together. I love how he’s incorporated the roll of a percussionist into his drumset playing and utilizes auxiliary percussion like wood blocks or triangles in a tasteful way. Recently I’ve enjoyed his playing on several records and live performances in recent years specifically with Kate McGarry and Maria Schneider’s orchestra.

Example 2-Kendrick Scott Tribute to Herbie Hancock in NYC (year unknown)

2) This drum intro leaves me wondering many things. The vocabulary sounds heavily influenced by the great Roy Haynes but the tuning of the drums seems more contemporary. And, the extensive use of the hihat is not nearly as common amongst modern drummers as it once was. Though this may seem like a strange take on this example my honest guess is that this is an older drummer sitting in and playing someone else’s (modern) drums. (Again, I’m consciously choosing not to mention names for lack of certainty.) Either way, if it happens to be a younger drummer, I would applaud their dedication in studying the foundation of our idiom. In my opinion, this drummer has not cut corners to get to this level of playing.

After: I’m glad to hear this is Kendrick Scott. I love his playing and he is definitely a player who has done his share of studying the lineage of the drumset (thus fooling me into thinking he was an “older” drummer). He is quite a driving force in modern jazz and has had a big influence on my playing. I really love his “Oracle” group and how well constructed the music is – not just the drumming. He’s a fabulous musician.

Example 3-Jochen Ruechert in England (year unknown)

3) Wow, this drummer is so “inside” of the accompaniment that it seems uncanny. My feeling is that this drummer is also a composer (not of this example) and thus really understands the direction of the music and can dance around and within it very liberally. The solo also makes me think that this drummer is either an extremely good reader of difficulty music or has played this particular song many times, or both. It’s very interesting to me to try to make guesses at who this may be when I hear vocabulary and cymbal sound and drum tuning that’s used by lots of contemporary jazz drummers. If this were a studio album it’s possible that some of the subtleties/individualities would stand out to me but with live recordings a lot of that is lost. Whoever it is, I like it a lot and would assume this is a very busy hardworking drummer.

After: Jochen Rueckert is on my latest favorites. I’m a big fan of his playing with Marc Copland and his electronic music project “Wolff Parkinson White”. Sometimes when I’m listening to him I feel like there was a snapshot of jazz taken in the late 1960’s and he is building upon that style, approach and vocabulary. I mean that as the highest compliment since many drummers strive to achieve what drummers of that era were doing and I think Jochen understands that language deeply. That mixed with his fiery modern edge blend to create a very exciting and engaging approach to drumming.

Example 4-Marcus Gilmore in Boston with Nicholas Payton 5tet (year unknown)

4) I find it hard to hone in on an honest guess on this one because the sound of the cymbals and drums are obscured and sound compressed. The beginning is reminiscent of a free jazz approach to time playing like that of Paul Motian with a little more modern edge which, then leads more towards a more Tony William’s influenced approach to uptempo time playing. Overall, I don’t know who this is but, I feel this solo was inspired to a degree by Tony Williams. And again, the drummer has done their homework.

After: I still wouldn’t have been able to guess this was Marcus Gilmore but now I do hear some similarities in approach to some recordings of Vijay Iyer’s trio, which feature Marcus. I love the fluidity of his playing and how he makes time and grooves feel so liquid even in very complex meters and forms. When he plays drums I feel he evokes a true love of the instrument.

Example 5-Obed Calvaire in Cambridge with Kurt Rosenwinkel 5tet (year unknown)

5) This is the first time during this blindfold test that I will actually mention a name of who I think the drummer is. I don’t know many other drummers on the scene today with such command of the instrument and ability to build a solo to peak and continue pushing upwards from there. There is such musicality and technical mastery on display here. I love his sound as well. This must be Eric Harland.

After: Obed! I remember hearing his name when I was a student at the University of Miami in early 2000’s and he was at the New World School for the Arts High School. After that when he attended Manhattan School of Music he would come sit in at jam sessions when he was visiting Miami and blow people away with his feel. It wasn’t long before he was making waves in New York’s jazz scene. Wow, what a great player! I can only hope that he’d see it as a compliment that I thought he was Eric Harland. Both are fantastic drummers at the top of the game.

Example 6-Jamire Williams in NYC with Darren Barrett and Myron Walden

6) This is an enjoyable solo with some interesting push and pull on the time feel. There are moments of an almost exaggerated swing feeling as the drummer moves around the toms as Max Roach would but meanwhile a lot of heavy cymbals and Blakey like gestures. Again, I hear a young/contemporary drummer and strong influences from the hardbop era but I’m unable to pinpoint who this may be for sure.

After: I still wouldn’t have been able to get this one but since being given the answers to this blindfold test I’ve been exploring Jamire’s music and have really enjoyed what I’ve heard so far. I’m glad he’s on my radar now. He seems to be part of the new movement of drummers who have many other musical talents and knows how to use them to create truly fresh sounding new music.

Example 7-Jeff Ballard in London with Jason Palmer, Michael Janisch, and Julian Siegel.

7) Yes, I will name another name during this test because I have no doubts that this is the one and only Jeff Ballard. His sound and vocabulary are both so refined and individual. To me, his whole approach is unmistakable and so musical. This is what jazz drumming has always been about and he makes it sound so fresh – I love this solo.

After: Yep, Jeff Ballard. I love his touch on the ride cymbal. It’s particularly on display in the later part of this example. It’s like he’s dancing on the ride and tying the whole drumset together with that sound. Really fantastic drumming and musicianship.

Keep up with Austin via his website!

List of Upcoming Performances!

Posted in Performance with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2015 by pogo56

Hello everyone,

Here’s a list of performances for those who are interested:

1/11 SUNDAY 8:30pm
Patrick Cornelius Octet
Cornelia Street Cafe

1/13 TUESDAY 7pm
City of Poets
Joe’s Pub (APAP)

1/16 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

1/17 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

1/23 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

1/24 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

1/27 TUESDAY 8pm
Lee Fish Group
Beat Hotel (Music of Wayne Shorter)

1/30 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

1/31 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

2/6 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

2/7 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

2/20 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

2/21 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

2/27 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

2/28 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

3/6 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

3/7 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

3/13 FRIDAY 9:30pm
George Burton Quintet
Smalls NYC

3/14 SATURDAY 9:30pm
George Burton Quintet
Smalls NYC

3/20 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

3/21 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

3/27 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

3/28 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

4/2 THURSDAY TBA
Melissa Oliveira +JAM
Portugal

4/3 FRIDAY TBA
Melissa Oliveira +JAM
Portugal

4/4 SATURDAY TBA
Melissa Oliveira +JAM
Portugal

4/5 SUNDAY TBA
Melissa Oliveira +JAM
Portugal

4/6 MONDAY TBA
Melissa Oliveira +JAM (Recording)
Portugal

4/10 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

4/11 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

4/15 WEDNESDAY 8pm
Noah Preminger Band
The Beat Hotel, Cambridge

4/17 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

4/18 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

4/24 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

4/25 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

5/6 WEDNESDAY 10:30pm
Noah Preminger 5tet
NP, JP, Ben Monder, Kim Cass, and Rudy Royston
Smalls, NYC

5/8 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

5/9 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston
5/22 FRIDAY 9:30pm

5/15 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

5/16 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

5/22 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

5/23 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

5/29 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

5/30 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/5 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/6 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/12 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/13 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/19 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet Feat. The Cloudmakers Trio
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/20 SATURDAY 5pm
Jason Palmer Quartet Feat. The Cloudmakers Trio
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/23 TUESDAY 8pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
The Beehive, Boston

6/26 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

6/27 SATURDAY 9:30
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/3 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/4 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/10 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/11 SATURDAY 2pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Soular Jazz Festival

7/11 8pm
Godwin Louis Band
The Jazz Gallery, NYC

7/17 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/18 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/22 WEDNESDAY 8:15PM
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
MFA, Boston

7/24 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/25 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

7/26 SUNDAY 12pm
The Toth Brothers
Cambridge Jazz Festival

7/31 FRIDAY TBA
Matana Robert’s Coin Coin
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport, RI

7/31 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

8/1 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

8/4 TUESDAY 8pm
Noah Preminger Band
The Beehive, Boston

8/7 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

8/8 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

8/12-23 TBA
Alexey Podymkin 5tet
TBA Russia

8/28 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

8/29 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

9/4 FRIDAY 8pm
Noah Preminger Band
The Side Door, CT

9/5 Saturday 7:10pm
Mark Turner Quartet
Chicago Jazz Festival
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

9/6 SUNDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Virginia Tech, VA

9/7 MONDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Virginia Tech, VA

9/8 TUESDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Virginia Tech, VA

9/9 WEDNESDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Virginia Tech, VA

9/10 THURSDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Virginia Tech, VA

9/11 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

9/12 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

9/16 WEDNESDAY TBA
Jamie Baum Septet
Jazz Expansions

Portland, ME
9/17 THURSDAY 8pm
Jamie Baum Septet

Scullers, Boston

9/18 FRIDAY TBA
Jamie Baum Septet
Vermont Jazz Center

9/19 SATURDAY TBA
Jamie Baum Septet
Lake George Jazz Fest, NY

9/22 TUESDAY 7pm
Bruno Raberg Group
Berklee DFH, Boston

9/24 THURSDAY
Ambrose Akinmusire BB (rehearsal)
Hyde Park, IL

9/25 FRIDAY
Ambrose Akinmusire BB (rehearsal)
Hyde Park, IL

9/26 SATURDAY
Ambrose Akinmusire BB
Hyde Park Jazz Festival, IL

9/30 WEDNESDAY TBA
Cheryl Bailey Sextet
Worcester, MA

10/1 THURSDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Stanford Live, Palo Alto, Ca

10/2 FRIDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Stanford Live, Palo Alto, Ca

10/3 SATURDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Stanford Live, Palo Alto, Ca

10/9 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

10/10 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

10/14 WEDNESDAY 10pm
Noah Preminger Quartet
Smalls, NYC (Live Recording)

10/16 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

10/17 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

10/23 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

10/24 SATURDAY 8pm
Coltrane Memorial Concert
Northeastern University

10/30 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

10/31 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

11/3 TUESDAY 8PM
Lee Fish Group
Sahara Club, Methuen, Ma

11/5 THURSDAY 8PM
Elan Meher (TJ and the Revenge)
The Beat Hotel, Cambridge

11/6 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

11/7 SATURDAY 6-9PM
Jason Palmer Quartet
Steppin Out, Boston

11/7 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

11/12 THURSDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Krannert Center, Urbana, Il

11/13 FRIDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Krannert Center, Urbana, Ill

11/14 SATURDAY TBA
Darcy James Secret Society
Krannert Center, Urbana, Il

11/20 FRIDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

11/21 SATURDAY 9:30pm
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

11/27 FRIDAY 10:30pm
George Burton Quintet
Small’s Jazz Club, NYC

11/28 SATURDAY 10:30pm
George Burton Quintet
Small’s Jazz Club, NYC

12/3 THURSDAY TBA
Recording w/Mike Moreno, Edward Perez, and Lee Fish
NJ

12/4 FRIDAY 9:30PM
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

12/6 SUNDAY 5PM
Guest w/NCCU Jazz Band
Greensboro, NC

12/9 WEDNESDAY TBA
Recording w/Noah Preminger
Side Door, CT

12/10 THURSDAY TBA
Recording w/Noah Preminger
Side Door, CT

12/11 FRIDAY 9:30PM
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

12/12 SATURDAY 9:30PM
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

12/16 WEDNESDAY 8PM
Noah Preminger Quartet
The Beehive, Boston

12/18 FRIDAY 9:30PM
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

12/19 SATURDAY 9:30PM
Jason Palmer Quartet
Wally’s Jazz Cafe, Boston

12/31 THURSDAY 8pm
Grace Kelly Quintet
Sculler’s Jazz Club, Boston

2/1 MONDAY TBA
Mark Turner Quartet
Univ. of New Hampshire

2/3 WEDNESDAY TBA
Mark Turner Quartet
Bucknell Univ., PA

I hope to see some of you all out there!

JP