My new CD called Synkkä Metsä ( Dark Forest ) will be out this August. It’s jazz instrumental versions of Finnish Folk songs. Featured on the disc are; Alejandro Urzagaste – guitar, Clark Sommers – bass, and Mike Schlick – drums. I’m playing tenor sax.
I really enjoyed playing in Estonia at the beginning of July. They have a real sweet little jazz fest on Muhumaa island. Very beautiful place. I played a few tunes with a wonderful band from Hamburg , Germany called Gabriel Coburger and Quintet Jean Paul. Also got to play with some great players from Sweden , Hakan Lewin ( alto sax ) , Aldo Meristo ( Estonia – piano ) , Wade Mikkola ( Finland – bass ) and Thomas Tornroos ( Finland – drums )
Got a nice review for my CD ” 5 4 3 2 1 ” in the Chicago Jazz mag.
Here I am performing as my alter ego , Honey West, in Morris Gearring’s show ” Something About Oscar ”
a tribute to the late great Oscar Brown jr. , with Calvin Koko Brunson, Kwame Steve Cobb, Harrison Bankhead, and Enoch Williamson. Morris is taking his wonderful show to NYC in a few weeks. I hope they have sold out shows and much success !
Thursday I and Natalie Scharf and Natalie Lande will debut our new group “Natalie Wood Plays Roland Kirk” (I’m the wood) at the Constellation Chicago at 3111 N Western Avenue at 9:30 PM. There is a $10 Cover. See you there.
We are excited to play with our great rhythm section; Brian O’Hern – piano, Matt Furguson – bass, and Mike Schlick – drums ! We are playing some great tunes like No Tonic Press, Black and Crazy Blues, A Handful of Fives and Stompin’ Grounds.