Cook's Chapel ticket info 

As promised, here's information on tickets for our upcoming gig at Cook's Chapel, Tuesday, March 10.  You can purchase them in advance for $5.00 at Eventbrite.com - https://www.eventbrite.com  (keyword Cook's Chapel), or they are $7.00 at the door that night.  Thanks, and hope to see you there!

Facing adversity 

On a personal note, I injured the middle finger on my right hand in December ( which is my trumpet playing hand ), and have been in a splint since then.  t's been a challenge to play, but I've been able to do it using the good fingers on that hand - it's awkward and sloppy at times but it works.  Today I met with an orthopedic surgeon and got mostly good news - I can continue to play using the other fingers, but I will be in a splint for at least 2 more months ( it's a tendon injury and takes a long time to…

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Casino date confirmed 

As promised, I have an update on our return to Casino San Clemente - we will be there on Wednesday, April 1, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, as part of the Spring Into Jazz Series.  And this is no "April Fool":)!  There will be a lot of swingin' music as we celebrate our 25th year as a band.  Stay tuned for more details soon.

Return to Casino San Clemente 

Hi again!  I've been in contact with the good people at the Casino San Clemente, and we are in the process of setting up an appearance at the Spring Into Jazz Series again - it will probably be a Wednesday night in April.  As soon as the date is set I will confirm it here and in the Calendar section, as well as my Facebook page ( The Swingsations ).  So please check back and I'll get you all the details.  I'm looking forward to returning, as we always have a good time performing there.  Thank you!

Heading to Cook's Chapel 

We'll be making our debut at Cook's Chapel in Anaheim soon - the date is Tuesday, March 10, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., with a free dance lesson starting at 7:00.  Our friend Jason Fabus is promoting these swing nights, and we're looking forward to performing there.  This will kick off our year long celebration of 25 years as a band, so we'll playing a lot of our favorite tunes over the years.  I'll have my regular group plus special guest Jimmy Ford on drums.  We hope that you can join us!  More details soon…

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Album review coming soon 

I was contacted by Scott Yanow, who writes for several jazz publications.  He listened to our second CD and enjoyed it, and learned about our new release.  He asked me for a copy so he can review it, and I've sent it off.  I'll let you know when the review comes out - he is a reputable critic so here's hoping for a great review.  Stay tuned...

A Swingin' Mariners Weekend! 

Yes, once again we had a great time performing for the good people at Mariners Church in Irvine.  First, we did a short set before one of their Saturday night meetings, and then on Sunday we performed after all three services.  We drew a crowd of happy listeners and even a few dancers.  I made a few new fans and friends, including Lisa Marie Cleveland, a dancer who has been following me for many years.  We really enjoy playing there, and hope to be back again soon.

Swingin' In Budapest 

I just returned recently from my second trip to Budapest, Hungary, where I was performing with Jonathan Stout's Campus Five.  I loved being there and playing for the swing dancers, some of whom were listening as well.  I have made some friends there, and I find the people to be warm, friendly and thoughtful.  On this trip I also had the opportunity to sell a few of my new recording with Mr. Stout's blessing, so I was able to spread a little of my music to Europe.  Travel is such a wonderful thing, you can…

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Jazz Corner album review 

I recently signed on with a promotional agency, and now I'm happy to say that they have provided me with a review of the new album on the online site Jazz Corner.  It's a good one, and I'm pleased that we're beginning to get some press.  The reviewer was especially impressed with Lady Be Good and Jelly Roll Blues

Here is the link to the review;

https://www.jazzcorner.com/news/display.php?news=9283

Please check it out and enjoy!

Farewell, Barley Forge 

I am saddened to hear that Barley Forge Brewing Co. will soon be closing due to increased rent costs at their location.  I was a real pleasure to perform there for the last four years as part of Thursday Night Jazz.  As I have written before, we were always treated wonderfully by the staff there - they provided the bands with food and complimentary drinks and were very friendly and helpful.  Their sound man was also great as well.  We will miss being there, and thank all of the new and old fans who came…

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