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Downbeat, Newport, Brampton, and More

Hi everyone,

I hope that the Summer has treated you well thus far. It's hard to believe that August is already upon us! I'm happy to tell you that I was named Alto Saxophonist of the Year by both the Jazz Journalist Association and the 60th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll earlier this Summer.  You can see who else won by clicking the links.

I'm also nominated in several categories in the Downbeat Reader's Poll. Please vote for me and my friends here.  The full results will be published in the December issue.

Samdhi will be at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 5. I'll be joined by my regular homies David Gilmore on guitar and Rich Brown on electric bass as well as my long time friend and fellow Coloradan Rudy Royston on drums. I'll be playing with Jack DeJohnette's band the day before in addition to a quick duo with Lionel Loueke and a solo/laptop performance at the Newport Jazz Fundraiser Gala. All ticket info for both the festival and gala can be found here.

Here's a fun video of me talking about Samdhi and my relationship to this important annual musical event:

On Saturday, August 11, Samdhi will be at the Art of Jazz Festival in Brampton, Ontario just outside of Toronto. We kickoff the outdoor stage that day and our set is free!

I just finished mastering my next album Gamak featuring guitar virtuoso Dave Fiuczynski along with my quartet stalwarts François Moutin on acoustic bass and Dan Weiss on drums. Look for a release on the ACT label in January 2013.

Lastly, if you've made it this far, I was part of a wonderful project last Fall that very few people had a chance to see. The amazing Jim McNeely arranged a bunch of my music for the Frankfurt HR Radio Big Band. I was a guest soloist for the performances along with the brilliant Dan Weiss on drums, Poovalur Sriji on mridangam, and Raman Kalyan on Carnatic flute. Here's a video of us performing Playing With Stones from Samdhi:

You can watch the entire concert here.

Thanks so much for reading!

I'll be back in touch soon with updates about Fall shows and the new album.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Best Wishes,

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Jul 26 2012 Thursday
11:41 pm

Newport Jazz Fest Fan Discount!

Discounted tickets for Newport Jazz Festival available here thorugh April 30.

Come see Samdhi and me with Jack DeJohnette's band!


Apr 23 2012 Monday
8:53 am

NPR Tiny Desk Concert with Samdhi

Rudresh with Samdhi at NPR headquarters in Washinton DC.

Two tunes here:

And another here:

Rez Abbasi on guitar, Rich Brown on electric bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.


Mar 10 2012 Saturday
5:44 pm

Topping the JazzTimes Critics Poll

Rudresh wins Alto Saxophonist of the Year and also makes shortlist for Artist of the Year. 

Samdhi also makes Contemporary/Electric Group.

See the whole list:

Mar 10 2012 Saturday
5:38 pm

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