Summer in the City
Summer is always an interesting time for me as a musician. Many of my 'steady' gigs are off until the fall which leaves me lots of time for writing and taking on projects that I wouldn't normally have time to take. It's also sometimes nerve-wracking, not always knowing where those next projects will come from, but there's always something interesting in the works and this summer is no exception.
This Saturday, June 16 I'll be music directing vocal ensemble Uncommon Chord in their semi-annual feature show; I've been their MD for 5 years now and this fantastic 10-voice ensemble does vocal jazz in the vein of Manhattan Transfer and Singers Unlimited. We'll be at the Triad, a gem of a venue on the Upper West Side (one of very few venues in my old neighborhood). Start time is 7 PM (see the Calendar page for full details).
Then the following day I'll be heading up to the Carriage House, a beautiful recording studio in Stamford, CT to start work on my friend Andy Mac's new record, 'A Record of What Has Occurred'. I am incredibly excited to work with Andy - with whom I've shared the stage on many a gig over the years - and his top notch band as we start bringing these songs to life. I'll post here once the record is ready for release.
The other big thing coming up is that in a couple of weeks I will be stepping in as music director of the off-Broadway hit show Wicked Frozen! Written by my friends Toby Singer and Zoe Farmingdale, Wicked Frozen is a hilarious musical mash-up of the two blockbuster Broadway hits; it's tuneful and wacky in the best possible way, but like its source material, has something meaningful to say. The show runs on Sundays at 7:30 at the St. Luke's Theater (click here for tickets).
Lastly, I'll be back at Bar Chord for a couple of dates over the summer, bringing back my songwriters-in-the-round nights, swapping songs and stories with some of my favorite local writers. Those dates are July 5 and August 2, 9-midnight.
Lots of exciting things are in the works, and I can't wait to get started!