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Black Girl in Paris, on the Big Screen, February 19

For those in NYC or close to it, the Screen Actor Guild (SAG) will be having a Short Film Showcase at Baruch College on Wed. February 19th at 7 pm, and Black Girl in Paris is one of the films featured (yours truly did the film score).  There will be a Q&A following each film with […]


Latest Movie on HBO

        Check out my latest film score to the movie, Black Girl in Paris, airing on HBO in February and beyond.  Over the last several months, I had the pleasure to work with the multi-talented and inspiring director, Kiandra Parks.  The film was adapted from the original book by Shay Youngblood. Twenty-three-year-old […]


cheap furniture and unexpected inspiration

While putting together some furniture late into the night my ear drifted to this music I had on.  It was the music of Nick Drake.  I have heard his name floating around for a while, but it was only now that I had a chance to really check it out without distractions.  All poetry, no […]


Top 100 Albums of 2013

Happy to hear the album Baritone Monk, by saxophonist Claire Daly, on which I am play piano was one of the top 100 albums of 2013 on the Jazzweek Charts. Thanks to Claire, Mary Ann, Peter, Doug, Deborah, and everyone at the North Coast Brewing Co. 100% of the profits from the album go to […]


singing the truth

When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it’s time for artists to make their mark. Joni Mitchell Student today told me this quote right before she sang the river by Joni Mitchell. Love this.


Thank you KZSC, Santa Cruz, California

One big OBE Santa bear hug to KZSC and your listeners for making “Determined” the #1 spot on your stations jazz charts! Outer Bridge Ensemble


Blue Note, nyc

Good news gang, the Outer Bridge Ensemble just got word that we will be playing the Blue Note in NYC on Saturday March 15, the Late Night Groove Series, we’ll post the details as they come in!


thankful

would like to take this thanksgiving weekend to simply say how thankful I am  for all of your spirit and enthusiasm….much more music happening soon, onward!


what album made its mark on you?

So a few blog posts ago, I mentioned the album “In the Jungle Groove” by James Brown made a huge impact on me. I am also profoundly influenced by the music of Astor Piazzolla, and also by a quote he wrote in the liner notes of one of his albums.  It was something to this […]


New Review

This review just in from Audiophile Audition for the Outer Bridge Ensemble’s recording Determined…….thank you fellas,   This eclectic band has been around for over a decade, performing around North America and Europe. They share their bases of operation between New York City and Calgary, Canada. Their influences include swing, soul, R&B, Latin and Afro-beat, and […]


coffee, donuts, and obe

Thank you to the folks at NPR’s Morning Edition for playing tracks from Determined, Outer Bridge Ensemble, the other day….always a good way to fire up the day, or chill at the end of the day (minus coffee and donut).


what a week!

One big OBE bear hug to all our music login fans who came out to our concerts in Central Park, Raritan Valley Community College, and the Soapbox Gallery.  Every concert is unique and special, but this week that was especially the case.  On our last show in Brooklyn we recorded and we had it filmed, […]


Outer Bridge Ensemble Concert in Brooklyn Tonight, Saturday

We’ll be getting down tonight in Brooklyn at the Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dan Street. Show starts at 8, special guest guitarist Oren Neiman. www.soapboxgallery.org Come join the party!


Shall We Groove NJ? THURS, Nov 14, OBE at Nash Theater, Raritan Valley Community College, Special Guest Steven Bernstein

Come join the Outer Bridge Ensemble this THURS, 11/14, noon and 7 pm, at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ (Near Bridgewater and Somerville).  We will be joined by trumpeter Steven Bernstein who has worked with legendary musicians in the rock, folk, and jazz world such as Sting, Leonard Cohen, They Might Be […]


Central Park NYC Show • Jazz and Colors Festival • Saturday Nov 9

Autumn in New York! 30 bands, 30 locations, one set list.   The Outer Bridge will be playing from 12-4 at the Jazz and Colors Festival in Central Park NYC, free admission. We will be at Mount St. Vincent Field between 104/105th Street and 5th Ave. in the park. I’ll be the one with a […]


A Great Experience

Had a blast playing solo the other day at the Greater Princeton Steinway Society concert series.  The piano (B Model) was a joy to play and special thanks to everyone who came out. I ended up doing a combination of new music, most of the material not yet recorded, and standards such as All the […]


Flying Solo

Hi Everyone, Will be having a solo piano concert in the Princeton area, Lawrenceville, on October 20th. I’ll be performing a variety of new original works, and music from the jazz, rock traditions. Not to be missed!! Greater Princeton Steinway Society Jacobs Music Sunday, Oct 20th, 3:00 PM Admission $18 individual nonmembers, $10 full time […]


Thank You Monterey

It was a great time performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Claire Daly to an incredible crowd of music lovers!  They say MJF is the oldest jazz Fest in the US, 56 years.  Many folks I met have been coming many years in a row…I get it now.  See you next time we are […]


what a week!!

It was great seeing so many old friends and new ones at Cornelia Street Cafe and also at the Wall Street Jazz Festival in Kingston.At cornelia the chamber group dove into new material, and in Kingston I was with the Claire Daly Quartet playing a set of Monk’s more obscure works (Stuffy Turkey, Teo, Pannonica)…just […]


Aug 26, Cornelia Street Cafe, Festival Concert, NYC

There is an exciting festival-concert planned at Cornelia Street Cafe, Aug 26, with the chamber group (Jody Redhage-cello, Zach Brock-violin, Martin Urbach, and yours truly on piano).   The group is being featured at the festival, and we will be doing all new music as we prepare for an upcoming recording.  Not to be missed!!


Black Girl in Paris, Finalist in HBO short film competition

What a great experience to score the music for Black Girl in Paris and work with the wonderfully talented writer and director, Kiandra Parks.  The film just premiered at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, and is a finalist in the HBO short film competition.  The film is scheduled to appear on HBO in early […]


Thank you Calgary! Great show at ironwood, see you soon


Go North

Will be heading up to Canada soon for various shows and festivals with the Outer Bridge Ensemble June 15, looking forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new ones. I’ll updating the performance list soon, and will be keeping a blog throughout the trip. Stay tuned and see you soon!


new music into the atmosphere and losing a giant

Thanks everyone for coming out to the cornelia show in nyc!  We dove into many new tunes and they really came off the page, hope to record many of them this fall. On a totally different note, we recently lost a giant in the music community, pianist Mulgrew Miller.  Can’t say I knew him, I […]