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2017 has been—and continues to be—a year of firsts. Most notably, I have completed work on my debut album, "Dialogues," a major undertaking. Having been involved in the making of numerous CD's as a side man or team member, I've discovered that the executive producer's role is another thing entirely. From scheduling recording sessions to booking musicians to writing charts and paying the bills, the process has been eye-opening. So here's a big, retroactive THANKS to all the folks who have shouldered that burden on albums past! Now I can fully appreciate what you did.
This summer, I had the pleasure of teaching at several camps for string players; some were return visits and others were my firsts. As always, I enjoyed my time at the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop and at PACO camp, where I received warm welcomes from students and colleagues alike. This year, I had the rare honor of performing the third movement of my Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra with the Crowden Workshop faculty in a specially orchestrated version for strings and piano. Peppered with members of several prestigious chamber groups such as the Delphi Trio, Telegraph Quartet, Baumer Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, Lee Trio, and others, it was a wonderfully sensitive and supportive band. My summer culminated with my first visit to the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, where I was a featured instructor, bringing gypsy jazz to over 280 eager fiddlers. The camp experience was everything I knew it would be after 25 years of rapturous reports from VOM lifers.
This fall, I'm looking forward to playing a lot of deep and wonderful music with wonderful groups—the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Broderick Quartet, the Hot Club of San Francisco—as well as one or two rare congregations of talent. On October 5, I'll have the pleasure of performing the Dvorak Quintet for Strings and Schubert "Trout" Quintet with a host of Bay Area talent and led by jazz bass legend, Christian McBride. Chamber music at SFJAZZ! And on October 22, I get to officially unveil "Dialogues" at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA, with guests, Lewis Patzner and Jonathan Alford. And with that in mind, it's time to go practice.