Now in pre-production! I’m thrilled to announce my first recording as composer and bandleader: an album of all original music featuring members of the celebrated jazz bands Oregon and the Pat Metheny Group: Paul McCandless on reeds, Mark Walker on drums and percussion and Steve Rodby on acoustic bass.
In September, I ran a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to help fund the recording. While it failed to reach the funding goal (and Kickstarter is all-or-nothing), many of the backers have kindly sent their pledges to me directly. This will cover about 25 percent of the budget. Thanks to all who contributed!
Contributions are still very much needed and appreciated – click here for more info.
I’m a pianist, composer, and music educator based in Oakland, CA. For almost 20 years, I’ve performed and recorded with top artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, mainly in the Afro-Cuban/salsa, Latin jazz, and Brazilian jazz scenes.
The solo piano improvisations are the first original music I’ve released, and are a far cry from anything else I’ve recorded. For the adventurous listener.
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Friday, January 22 – with Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina at Silo’s, Napa, CA. Brazilian and Latin jazz mixed with East Bay funk, featuring singer Sandy Cressman. With Ray Obiedo – guitar, Marc Van Wageningen – bass, Phil Hawkins – drums, and Derek Rolando – percussion. 8 pm.
Friday, February 12 – with Latin jazz legends Pete and Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E) at Jazz at the Oxford, Bend, OR.
Friday, March 18 – with Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina at The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA. Brazilian and Latin jazz mixed with East Bay funk featuring singer Sandy Cressman. With Ray Obiedo – guitar, Alex Murzyn – sax & flute, Marc Van Wageningen – bass, and Colin Douglas – drums. Music starts at 8 pm.