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Canadian Festival Tour and DC Jazz Festival

HI Folks,

It looks like Summer has finally arrived and with it an exciting music festival season.

I'm very excited to be taking Gamak (Rez Abbasi, Rich Brown and Dan Weiss) to Canada to perform at 7 jazz festivals across the country. We'll be in:

June 21 - Edmonton

June 22 - Vancouver

June 23 - Victoria

June 24 - Saskatoon

June 25 - Toronto

June 26 - Ottawa

June 27 - Montreal

Just click the city to find out more information.

After that run, we'll be at the DC Jazz Fest on June 29 in a double bill with Etienne Charles. More info here.

In other news . . .

The premiere performances of "I Will Not Apologize for My Tone Tonight" for PRISM Saxophone Quartet were a great success.

Look for an album out this Fall and please enjoy this video for now:

The premiere shows of Song of the Jasmine with Ragamala Dance at Walker Art Center were overwhelmingly amazing. I don't have any video to share yet but we'll be at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in August.

My album Apex with Bunky Green was voted one of the Top 50 Essential Alto Albums of all time by an esteemed cast of fellow alto saxophonists in this month's JazzTimes.

Lastly, Gamak won International Ensemble of the Year at the ECHO Jazz Awards, Germany's Grammys. I wasn't able to attend the ceremony on May 24, but I sent this acceptance speech video. The main reason I'm including it here is that my son Talin is so cute!

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your Summer!

Best Wishes,


Jun 15 2014 Sunday
11:07 am

DC, Philly, NYC, WBGO, and New Videos

HI Folks,

Hope you're enjoying these early musings of Spring.

I apologize for the late notice.  I'm happy to be bringing Gamak to DC's famous Blues Alley this Thursday (tomorrow!) and Friday nights.  Sets are at 8 and 10 PM.  I had an amazing time there last year with Samdhi and can't wait for DC to see Gamak!

Further details and tickets are available here.

From there we head to Blue Bell, PA (just outside of Philadelphia) for a show at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday night.  We're honored to be part of this wonderfully curated performing arts series!

More info here.

At long last, we are officially celebrating the release of Gamak in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on April 11.  We're very excited to hit LPR again as we had such a great time there at this past Winter Jazz Fest.  

Speaking of that, I just noticed that someone posted a video from that performance:

Gamak also performed live in WBGO's studios for Josh Jackson's show The Checkout to plug our NYC show.  Just click the logo below to hear it.

Lastly, I was really excited to see that the entire set of Apex at the 2011 Jazz Baltica Festival was posted on YouTube.  For those of you who don't know, Apex was my quintet project featuring alto saxophone legend Bunky Green.  Enjoy!


Part 1:

Part 2:


Hope to see you at one of these upcoming shows and do please spread the word!



Best Wishes,

Apr 03 2013 Wednesday
6:40 pm

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