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May – gigs in NYC and Chicago coming up!

Happy spring!

I’ve really been enjoying this breath of fresh air in Brooklyn. April has been a great month. It started off with a trip to Chicago to do some gigs playing my music with some of my old buddies, Jeremy Cunningham, Matt Ulery, and Jake Vinsel. I had so much fun playing with these guys again. It had been way too long, and they brought so much energy to the music! I also did a super fun gig with WW Lowman for Bill Lowman’s birthday. Craziness ensued, as to be expected. What a great trip!

After that, I came back to NYC and did a handful of gigs with Lena Bloch’s quartet to celebrate the release of our new album, “Feathery”. Lena knows how to put great bands together, and we had some amazing music with Billy Mintz, Cameron Brown, Putter Smith, and Russ Lossing. Cameron, Putter, and Russ, all played on different gigs, and each brought something beautiful and unique to the sound.

May is shaping up to be busy and rewarding, as well. I’m extremely excited to be playing my new music with a new band featuring Will Graefe (guitar), John Tate (bass), and Jason Nazary (drums). We’ll be playing Shapeshifter Lab on 5/5 and Branded Saloon on 5/11. These will be great, I hope you can make it!

After that, I’ll be playing a weekend (5/16-17) at the Jazz Gallery with Greg Ward and his new large ensemble. Greg was commissioned by the Jazz Gallery to do a residency there and write a set of new music. I can’t wait to dive into this stuff – Greg is an incredible composer and his music is always fun and challenging. Not to mention that he’s one of the best saxophonists on the planet right now!

Finally, I’ll be running back to Chicago (5/19-23) to do some gigs with the inimitable drummer, Dana Hall. I’ll be playing with Dana’s Black Fire band, which performs the music of Andrew Hill, at Andy’s. The next night, Dana has put together a band with John Wojciechowski, Clark Sommers, and me to perform Charles Lloyd’s classic album, “Of Course, Of Course”, at the Jazz Record Art Collective series. This record has been an inspiration to me for many years now, so I jumped at the opportunity to play it live. After that, I’ll be playing with my trio (Dana Hall/Matt Ulery) at The Lighthouse doing a bunch of new music I’ve written over the past year.


*** Just click on PERFORMANCES to get more details about these upcoming  gigs.

Fun times! Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you OUT AND ABOUT!

What’s on the horizon for 2014, you ask? New EPs, LPs, etc.

Woah, it’s been a minute…

OK, contrary to what my blog’s activity might suggest, I haven’t been in complete hibernation in my new apartment in south Brooklyn. Oh wait, I kind of have, but the product of attempting to avoid the crazy and expensive reality that is New York City is something really cool. More on that in a minute…

First – awesome things about 2013:

I traveled for music a lot this year. In february, I did a week-long residency in Marseille, France with Bill Lowman, Cory Healey, and Stephane Milochevitch where we wrote and recorded a new album. I also played some great gigs around the country with Hot Club of Detroit. These guys are awesome musicians and even better dudes – check them out.

I wrote a brand new book of music for a new trio I formed with Shawn Conley (bass) and Shawn Baltazor (drums). We’ve already played a couple of gigs, and I’m really excited about this! More gigs to come. See below.

There were many other unexpected and crazy twists and turns in 2013, but let’s move forward…

Here’s what I’m excited about for 2014:

I’ll be releasing a new EP of all electronic music. For much of the latter part of this year, I actually have been hibernating in my bedroom, staring at a computer screen…listening to the same songs over and over…and over again. I’m collaborating with Tom Perona, of Algernon, and I’m extremely excited about the results! We’ll be putting the finishing touches and mixing the record at James Scott’s Populist Recording in Wheaton, IL over christmas.

The album we recorded in Marseille will be released early in the new year, as well, on Arbouse Recordings digitally and through a short run of LPs. The making of this album was such a great experience and I can’t wait to get it out into the world to see what you all think.

The next gig for my trio will be fun fun fun – we’ll be playing on 1/23 at LaunchPad in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with our special guest, guitarist Will Graefe, joining us for the set. If you haven’t heard Will, you should! His band, Star Rover, is one of my favorites right now, and he also has a great new solo guitar release.

Well, I’m probably missing some other stuff to be excited about. Maybe I’ll just add it in the comments section. Anyways, thanks for stopping by, and make sure to enjoy yourselves this holiday season. See you in the new year!

Chicago happenings this week!

Hey all,

I’m in my hometown, Chicago, doing some great things this week. First and foremost, I’ve been recording an amazing project with Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub. The album is being engineered/produced by the one and only, legendary dub reggae producer, The Scientist! It’s been fantastic so far. Overton is really down to earth and has a great vibe. And the recordings are already sounding exquisite. Tomorrow, he’ll start the two day mixing process, where the real magic happens in dub music, of course! Big ups to the other musicians involved, as well!

Overton Brown (aka The Scientist)

I’ll also be playing at Andy’s Jazz Club on Thursday night with the Josh Johnson 5tet featuring Marquis Hill, Matt Ulery, and Jeremy Cunningham. Friday I’ll be playing at The Lighthouse in Rogers Park with WW Lowman. The great Makaya McCraven will be manning the drum chair that night. Lastly, Saturday night, I’ll be playing with Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub and The Scientist at Martyrs’ to celebrate completion of the record!

I also made a little detour to my old see my buddy, John Perona and record an installment of his YouTube music video series, “Tuesdays with Gary.” Look for that later tonight on Facebook!

If you’re in town, I hope to see you! Thanks for the support, as always.

On the horizon: Greg Ward 4tet @ Jazz Gallery, Patricia Barber 4tet in Europe, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub/SCIENTIST collab.

Good morning!

Here’s a healthy dose of updates of what’s going on for me in the near future. Lots of exciting stuff!

I’ll be playing at the newly relocated Jazz Gallery in NYC with my musical brother in arms, Greg Ward on April 12th. Greg and I went to college at Northern Illinois University and have been playing together regularly in various bands (Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, blink., etc.) for about a decade. We’ve also played each others’ music a lot and have developed a very strong musical relationship. Greg is, bar none, one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever played with, and has always been a huge inspiration for me. His music is challenging, but also very engaging, accessible, and absolutely grand in scale. I’m looking forward to playing it again, along with heavyweights Zach Lober (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums).

After that, I have a couple more gigs in town with the Lena Bloch 4tet (feat. greats Frank Carlberg and Billy Mintz) at the Finnish Cultural Center, and with John Tate for his Artist’s Diploma Recital and Juilliard, where we’ll be playing in front of, among others, the legendary bassist, Ron Carter. Please see Performances for an updated schedule.

At the end of the month, I’ll be leaving town for a 3 week European tour with Patricia Barber. We’ll be visiting Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway. We’ll also be doing some festivals in Canada in June. Stop by and say hello!

And last but not least, I’m extremely honored to have been asked to take part in the Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub recording which will be produced by none other than the Jamaican dub reggae legend, Scientist! Here is the link to the Kickstarter for project backing. Please consider contributing or sharing with anyone you think might be interested.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you OUT soon!


W.W. Lowman + Thousand record new album in FR/Chicago, I’m coming for you/Patricia Barber dates/V Day cupcakes

I just arrived back in Brooklyn from a week of writing/recording a new album in Marseille, FR with my brothers, W.W. Lowman and Thousand. It was quite an amazing trip and I can’t say enough good things about the residency program we participated in at Montevideo. The staff there are just genuinely good people and took care of us, and everything we needed for the duration of our stay. As a result, all we had to worry about was making music, which is so rare in grown-up life. In the end, we wrote seven really solid songs from scratch, recorded them, and played a sold out show at the end of the week. And, of course, we had some amazing food and wine along the way! Oh yeah, and lots of Pastis. It was truly inspiring experience and I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it. Thank you, Montevideo and W.W, Lowman!


Bill and I trying out our new wine koozies



View from our balcony


the band!


Milo soaking it all in right in front of our pad. The recording studio/bar/venue is in the building directly to the right of the frame. Very convenient :).




One of the many beautiful churches in Marseille.

Looking ahead, I’m really excited about getting back together with John Tate (bass) and Devin Drobka (drums) for a midwestern tour in a few weeks. Here’s the dates:

3/18–Skylark (Chicago)

3/19–Bar DeVille (Chicago)

3/20–914 New Music Festival (914 N. California) (Chicago)

3/21–The Jazz Estate (Milwaukee)

3/22–Tonic Tavern (Milwaukee)

3/23–The Fountain (Madison, WI)

I’ve really missed playing with Devin since he relocated to his native city of Milwaukee, so this is going to be special!

Looking farther ahead, I’ll be touring with Patricia Barber in May and June in North America and Europe. Click on her name for specific dates. I, for one, am very excited about Portugal and Norway! I’ll be touring with Ms. Barber through the duration of 2013, so keep checking back for updates.

In the middle of all this, there are a handful of scattered NYC/Brooklyn dates that I’m very much looking forward to with Swimmer and the Lena Bloch 4tet. Music music music!

Oh yeah, and I thought I’d be festive for Valentine’s Day, so I made these chocolate/cinnamon/coffee cupcake with Nutella buttercream frosting!


Tony Malaby added to Branded Saloon 1/17

Great news to report – the incredible saxophonist, Tony Malaby, will be joining my band for our concert at the Branded Saloon in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on 1/17! Tony is one of my favorite musicians anywhere, and is one of the main reasons I wanted to move to NYC. Here’s to making our own dreams come true!

1/17/13 – Dave Miller Quartet (feat. Tony Malaby, John Tate (bass), and Billy Mintz (drums)) @ Branded Saloon, 8-10pm

If it’s your thing, RSVP on Facebook.

Tony Malaby

AUDIO: Ted Sirota Quintet Tribute to Lennie Tristano – 5/25/05 @ Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

This concert came about my senior year at Northern Illinois University when I did an independent study on the music of Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, and Warne Marsh.  This included countless hours of transcribing dozens of their compositions and solos, and devouring any reading materials about them that I could find.  Looking back, it’s hard to believe how I got through it all, but it was an amazing learning experience that I’ll never forget.  We also did all this material, along with Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls (of which I had recently become a member) material for my senior recital in DeKalb, IL.  It was awesome to bring these guys out there, play the recital in the local Indian restaurant (I had to twist the administration’s arm to let me not do it in the recital hall), and then throw a classic college RAGER at my apartment with the band and a bunch of awesome people.

Tristano and crew are still some of my favorite musicians.  Nevertheless, I remember after finishing this project that I couldn’t listen to them for a really long time.

The last time I think I heard this live recording was probably shortly after the concert.  Listening back to your former self is always a painful experience, and this is no exception.  I can hear a definite lack of maturity in my playing (I was 22 at the time).  I’m also still searching for a personal voice (if you’re familiar with some of the older generation of Chicago guitarists, you’ll know what I’m talking about!).  The heads to the tunes sound really great, though, and everybody’s playing beautifully.  For those keeping track, you’re hearing a 22 year old Greg Ward!  What a guy.  Geof Bradfield is nailing it, as always, and there’s a seamless blend between the two horns.  Hyosub needs to pick up the bass again – he had a great sound!  Ted has always been one of my favorite drummers – great tone, taste, history, and creativity.  His band, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, should be in the Chicago jazz history books sooner or later.

Oh yeah, this was back when the Empty Bottle had jazz multiple nights a week, let alone ever.  Remember that?!  If you’re younger than me, probably not.

Thanks to Ted Sirota for digging out this recording and posting it online.  You can hear more Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls music here.  You can hear this particular band (with the fabulous Jake Vinsel replacing Hyosub Kim on bass) on the 2008 Naim release Seize the Time).  As of late, the band did a one-off performance at the wonderful Galesburg Rootabaga Jazz Festival and tore the roof off the sucka.  I’d love to see what this band can do after a few weeks on the road!

Greg Ward – alto sax, Geof Bradfield – tenor sax, Dave Miller – guitar, Hyosub Kim – bass, Ted Sirota – drums/laptop (“Turkish Mambo”)

W.W. Lowman tour post I

Signing in from Paris.  We play tonight at Espace B.  We’re staying above a fantastic creperie/oyster bar  called West Country Girl.  It’s about time for lunch ;).  We had an incredible show in Wanquetin on Sunday.  Nobody outside of this town knows where the hell it is because it’s so small.  Nevertheless, it’s awesome!  We were a few kilometers west of Arras, in the north of France near the Belgium border.  Our hosts there were wonderful.  They put on ambient/drone shows in their house (Which has a stage and a PA) all the time and have excellent taste in music, food, and alcohol.  This type of show is exactly what’s needed in the midst of all the hectic traveling and stress that an international tour can bring.  The audience was fantastic and really appreciated the music.  After the show, they cooked food for everyone there and stocked the fridge full of the best Belgian beer.



We don’t have a GPS, so we are going old school with a map (imagine that!) and have been pulling a lot of U-turns.

Our sleeping accommodations on this tour are mostly in peoples’ houses, which I believe we all prefer as long as it’s not too messy.  The reason being that we actually are able to interact with the locals much more and really obtain a feel for the culture.

Our first show was in Rennes at La Bascule was a great way to start the tour.  We’ve played here before and we love it.  The owner is a super cool, old school French bad ass and plays free jazz all day long.  He also always makes us a great dinner, and this time around was no exception.  It was nice to see our friends, Jeff and Hayley, who opened up for us, and meet some new ones – Eva, Cristoph, Clementine, and Octavia.

Bill, Tony, Dave, Cristoph, and Eva in front of La Bascule in Rennes, Fr.

The next day, we drove to Reims, in the Champagne region, and played a nice show at the Cultural Center there.  Also on the bill was a kick ass ‘jazz core’ band from Paris called DDJ.  Make sure you check them out.  While in Reims, we visited the Notre Dame cathedral there which was simply breathtaking.  After the show, we went to a party at a squat where we chatted with some locals and danced to a great dubstep DJ.

Notre Dame in Reims

the inside of Notre Dame in Reims, Fr.

Champagne in Champagne, we gangsta

Champagne in Champagne, we gangsta

the band in Reims, FR

the house in Wanquetin and Tony lugging gear.

I love playing music in Europe!  This is when it feels really good to be a musician.  I’ll post again soon.

Oh yeah, we have a new friend here in Wantequin – the local donkey!

Kevin Kizer Quintet “Aspects” (BluJazz) album release at the Jazz Showcase, 1/29/11 … Duo w/ Bridget Davis in NYC @ Ella Lounge Thursday!

A band that I’ve been a part of for a few years now, the Kevin Kizer Quintet, will be releasing it’s debut recording, “Aspects”, on BluJazz Records at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago this Sunday night from 8-9:30.  We’ll be playing most of the songs off the record and probably a few others, as well.  Kevin and I have played numerous concerts together as part of the longstanding Chicago band, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls.  He’s a creative and unique saxophonist, and I’m really glad he’s got a record out under his own name, now!  hope to see you at the Showcase!

New York friends – I also will be playing with the lovely vocalist, Bridget Davis, at the Ella Lounge in the Lower East Side on Manhattan this Thursday from 8-9pm.  Hope to see you out!

The Tears of Music and Love @ Empty Bottle tmrw night (12/23) – PREVIEW IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE!

Check it HERE.

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