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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A fun weekend at Mariners Church 

It was another fun weekend for us, as we performed for the Fall Kickoff at Mariners Church in Irvine.  We had done this event two years ago, but this time we were there for two days - Saturday night and Sunday.  It was really swinging, and I got to talk to many wonderful people who enjoyed our music.  Thanks to my band for a great job - Phil, Tom and Dave were there, and we had special guests Benjamin May and Jimmy Ford helping out as well.  I passed out quite a few business cards, so we'll see what…

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Mariners Church weekend 

I'm looking forward to performing for the good people at Mariners Church in Irvine this Saturday and Sunday, as part of their Fall Kickoff.  We've done several events for them this year, all enjoyable.  Saturday, Sept. 7 we'll be playing from 6:15 to 7:30 pm ( after the 5:00 service ) and on Sunday Sept. 8 we'll be doing two short sets, from 9:30 to 10:00 am and 12:30 to 1:00 pm.  If you happen to be in the area come on by!

A fun visit to Seattle 

I had a great time in Seattle last Sunday, leading an all star group for the final dance of the Seattle Lindy Extravaganza.  Despite flying in on the day of the gig and having difficulty getting a rehearsal in beforehand, we were able to create some great music and the crowd loved it!  I was able to introduce the audience to some of the great Swingsations tunes, including "Tain't Whatcha Do, Swing That Music, Flat Foot Floogie, and The Music Goes Round just to name a few.  A big thanks to Jonathan Ng for…

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Seattle Lindy Exchange coming up! 

I'm looking forward to being part of this great swing event - my first time leading a group at a major dance event.  I'll be joined by some wonderful musicians - Jonathan Doyle on sax and clarinet, Greg Ruby on guitar, Jen Hodge on bass, and josh Collazo on drums.  This will be a great opportunity to introduce the Swingsations repertoire to a new audience...I'm sure that they'll enjoy it!  A big thank you to Jonathan Ng for inviting me.  If you'd like more information and are in the area, please visit the…

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