I realized I haven't updated the page in a few months so now that the summer is over it definitely seems like a good time to do it.
First of all I'm very happy to announce that I was the winner as best Jazz Drummer in this year's Modern Drummer's Reader's Poll. It's a huge honor and I thank everybody that voted for me.
My latest album "New Life" is still getting great reviews. You can still get it here:
Spring was interesting and varied. In March I was out with Migration for almost a month between Mexico and Europe. Then went to Europe again with Gary Burton, then Japan and Brazil with Pat Metheny and finished tracking Pat's next project: The Pat Metheny Unity Band.
The summer was a little different for me this time around. I usually start working in late June and go all the way to the end of July but this time around I decided to take it a little easier so I just did some dates with my band Migration in the Netherlands, Spain and Poland (and a one off at the Montreal Jazz Festival) then took some vacation time in beautiful Croatia with my fiancé Thana Alexa and her family and then did some other gigs with the great Croatian pianist Matija Dedic and Scott Colley (we recorded an album earlier this year) and then flew to Eilat in Israel to do two concerts at the Red Sea Jazz Festival with my band. After that I went to Saalfelded, Austria to do a concert with Scott Colley Quintet and then came back home.
The fall is going to be full of great music. I start a tour with the New Gary Burton Quartet from September 12th-October 6th that will take us to the Northeastern USA (including the Blue Note in NYC) and some midwest dates. We will be touring in support of our latest album "Guided Tour which will be released in the US in September. It's been getting some great reviews as well. I was honored to contribute the opening and closing tunes on the record which I wrote especially for this occasion.
Right after that I will be the Zildjian Artist in Residence at Berklee College of Music in Boston for a series of clinics, master classes and concerts.
The dates are October 7th-9th.
I will also be doing a clinic at Drummers Collective in NYC on October 17th.
Late October and November will be busy with my band Migration (Dave Binney, John Escreet and Matt Brewer) which will include dates at Dizzy's in Lincoln Center and then our third European tour this year. Watch out for updates.
From Europe I will be going to Lagos, Nigeria with the Pat Metheny Unity Band for a couple of shows and then back to NY to work on my next album which will be a surprise… Stay tuned…
I also strongly recommend the new Alex Sipiagine album "From Reality and Back" featuring a stellar cast of musicians. Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Holland, Seamus Blake and myself on drums. Hope you like it.