It has been quite a while since I have reached out to you all and gave an update on things. Tina's tour finally finished in May and I jumped right into Guitars and Saxes 2009! It was great to see many of you after the shows and getting to a lot of places for the first time for me, not an easy thing to do after 20+ years of touring. With such a crazy schedule of live gigs, I had to schedule some time off to work on a new disc. I blocked out 6 weeks of "no touring" this summer to focus 100% on the recording and production of the new album. I wrote 9 of the 10 original tracks on the road this past year while touring the US and Europe. I also once again teamed up with Producer Paul Brown. The plan was to continue where Born 2 Groove left off. We recorded all of the rhythm section tracks live to achieve a very organic feel. We finished the disc in mid September, and much to my surprise, my new label, decided to get it right out and into the stores. So next Tuesday, October 27th will mark the release date of my 6th solo album in 10 years, titled Sunday Morning. Of which the title track has gone into immediate rotation here in LA on KTWV the WAVE. You can also preview the title cut right here on myspace.
I am very much looking forward to touring in support of the new disc and performing a show of new material. I leave tomorrow for Honolulu to conclude their smooth jazz series at the Aloha Towers Market Place. Then onto 4 nights at Jazz Alley in Seattle. It's truly one of my favorite venues in the world in one of my favorite cities in the world. Then I'll be "Jammin In Jamaica" with Warren Hill the week before Thanksgiving, then the Smooth Jazz Cruise in January, just to name a few. Stay tuned for some very exciting New Years info coming soon as well! Eugegroove.com is in the process of a face lift thanks to Elizabeth Ware @ Visual Image, so check there often for new dates and info as it comes in.
Thank you all for your continued support over the last 10 years. It's truly hard to believe that it's been that long.
For those of you that were in Palm Springs to ring in the new year, you may have already heard DJ Fitz's new mantra "it's all fine in 2009". Keep that in your mind and heart as we head into the new year. We are all blessed in many ways. Sometimes all we need to do is open our eyes and look at the beauty around us. Focus on the good and not the bad, and good things will come.
As I pack my bags to leave for Europe and begin leg 2 of Tina's world tour, I am quite excited about the possibilities that the new year brings. I look forward to seeing Europa again, it has been a few years. I look forward to coming home in the spring and hitting the jazz festivals. I look forward to completing my 6th album. And I look forward to what I've yet to anticipate. Just remember, Living Large comes from within. "it's all fine in 2009"
Hey there fellow sax players. I just got hooked on the new Rico Reserve tenor reeds about a month ago. Man these things are great. Very consistent from box to box. Great tone and projection. They seem to be a hybrid of a great classical reed and jazz reed combined. I've been using them on both Euge gigs and Tina gigs and they fit both perfectly. They really seem to have legs as well, as I've been able to get several gigs out of a single reed, which is a first for me. Do yourself a favor and check em out!
I have donated my personal Selmer Ref 54 Tenor saxophone to my old high school music program to be raffled off. This was my main sax that I toured and recorded with for 3 years. I also used this horn on my "Just Feels Right" album. If you would like to buy a $25 ticket, just go to http://www.shhsrebelband.org/ for details. You could win a sax that lists for $9,250 as well as help the South Hagerstown High School band program. The drawing will be held at 7p.m. on 13 September 2008. You need not be present to win.