Body And Soul
I love to perform. At each performance I play unrestricted with body and soul and I give it my all. My greatest wish when I do this is to bring joy to all involved. I want the audience to be touched by interesting and varied programs and interpretations and for them to remember them and want more. I want my fellow musicians to express themselves both musically and particularly as soloists by giving them as much room as possible. I wish to help shows to be successful for promoters by helping them on various levels. I wish to gain something myself as I always learn something new and perhaps play a little better each time.
What sets my concerts apart from others?
I love to tell musical stories, both through and about jazz. I talk about the greatest musicians in jazz history – Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, “Bird”, Monk & “Diz”, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and countless others. The most prominent of these and my personal interface into the world of jazz is the great, unforgettable Hank Jones. I talk about the songwriters on Broadway and in the Hollywood studios, composers whose melodies have become jazz standards – Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Johnny Mandel, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and the many others. I talk about the various epochs, styles and ways of playing jazz. Swing, Bebop, Hardbop and all that has followed. I talk about Latin American influences, the Blues, and the social environment of the jazz legends. That means: about good and hard times, about highlights and everyday life. I talk about things that move people. And a little bit about myself.
Now’s The Time
I would be delighted to welcome you to one of my concerts. If you are a promoter or if you are someone who is planning a private or corporate event, I would be delighted to play at your venue or at your event. If you are a musician, would you like to play with me some time?