Put these on your calendar in pencil!

Sept. 3: West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio (w/ Ellen Burr & Andrea Centazzo, playing Andrea’s music). Wende Museum. 5PM. free.

Sept. 11: West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio. Industry Cafe. 7PM. free.

Oct. 17: Santa Monica Symphony. John Adams Middle School. 3PM. free.

Oct. 23: Vicente Chamber Orchestra. Mozart piano concerti. First Presbyterian Church. 4PM. $10+

Oct. 30: Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble. Live score to Nosferatu. Art Theater. 7PM. $18.

Nov. 5: Jonathon Grasse’s Native Plant Society. Cal State Dominguez Hills. 7PM + live stream. free.

Dec. 11: Santa Monica Symphony. John Adams Middle School. 7:30PM. free.


I recently performed a short streaming show with Anna Homler for the 18th St. Arts Center:

Sea Change/ Sound Kitchen from 18th Street Arts Center on Vimeo.

Coming up this weekend, The Present Quartet (Ellen Burr, Anne LeBaron, Charles Sharp, and I) are recording with guest vocalists Bonnie Barnett, Vetza (of LAFMS fame), and Will Salmon. Product TBD.

The Santa Monica Symphony and Vicente Chamber Orchestra are scheduling 2021-22 seasons. Stay tuned…

Also, RIP Guido Lamell, music director of the Santa Monica Symphony. It was an honor to perform with him.

Talking About C.T.

I recently joined Volkan Terzioglu and Robert Reigle for two episodes of their radio show/podcast “Noise and Smoke.” Apparently the people of Turkey want to hear musical and social analysis of free jazz bootlegs, and thanks to the internet you can enjoy it too. Shows 1.22 and 1.23 are the three of us exploring the recording of Cecil Taylor’s November 1969 Berlin concert. It was an honor to be asked, and really fun to work on this. There may be more.

2020 Wrap-Up

This is, predictably, the shortest year-end summary since I started doing them. I had ten in-person shows pre-COVID, and three online events and one socially-distanced outdoor one since. Here’s the tally:

Shows by Band:

Tie for 1st (two each): Collaborations with Ellen Burr, solo, The Present Quartet, Cal State Fullerton New Music Ensemble

Tie for 2nd (one each): Santa Monica Symphony, Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble, Vicente Chamber Orchestra, Opera Povera, Adam Snyder, Robert Reigle & Tim Feeney

Shows by Venue

Tie for 1st (two each): Industry Cafe & Jazz, California State University Fullerton, Facebook Live

Tie for 2nd (one each): SGI Auditorium, Vista Theater, First Presbyterian Church, Battery Books & Music, ArtShare-LA, Zoom, SunSpace, my neighbor’s front yard


Two new releases: Architecture/Battery from Trio Various, with Tracy McMullen (soprano and tenor saxophones), Rich West (drumset), and myself. A live gig plus a studio track. There may be an album of studio stuff eventually. We did this band for a few months in 2012 while Tracy had a postdoc at USC, and we each wrote for it. This is a band camp pay-what-you-want release, because it’s a slightly scruffy Zoom recording. I did minimal editing and mastering; I’m no wizard. If the studio stuff resurfaces that might be a real release…

The other thing is the video of the last show I did before the lockdown: March 6 at ArtShare-LA with The Present Quartet (Ellen Burr, Anne LeBaron, Charles Sharp, and myself). This was our first outing playing compositions. It’s short, because we were part of a sort-of Downtown arts revue. Hope you dig it…


Everything for March and April is canceled. No performances, no Soundwaves, no Thirdsdays. In the words of the late great Jac Zinder, STAY HOME.

Meanwhile, you can watch videos from the last 5 years of Soundwaves on I just put up a wonderful Wayne Horvitz/Sara Schoenbeck duo show.

It’s probably also safe to order this new book I contributed to: cover_jazz_w_1000

I may be able to prepare an online release or two during this hiatus, and I’m trying to do some meaningful practice, to finally apply some of what Mark Helias tried to teach me here:

This is also an opportunity to relax and slow down for a month or two. Hope to see you all soon.


Some of my friends have taken to claiming the entire month of their birth for festivities. I tend to load mine up with even more action than usual, because one source of creativity is resistance to our mortality. Good times. Anyway, here’s the schedule: