Source: Steve Swell.
It has been a pretty busy winter performing with Craig Harris at Winter JazzFest, William Parker at Roulette, Bernard Purdie at Joe’s Pub, Bobby Zankel in Philadelphia, Joe McPhee and Paal Nilssen-Love at Clemente Soto Velez, Kidd Jordan, Alvin Fielder and Joel Futterman in New Orleans and Taylor Ho Bynum at Roulette.
There have also been a slew of recordings one of which is my Soul Travelers LP on the RogueArt label with Jemeel Moondoc, Dave Burrell, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver. It was one of those chosen Record of the Year 2016 by the New York City Jazz Record.
The spring and summer are going to be busy as well. Most notably a new project of mine with Matt Shipp, Jason Hwang, Rob Brown, Tomas Ulrich and Jim Pugliese are rehearsing pieces inspired by composer Olivier Messiaen that will be performed and recorded live at Metro Baptist Church, 311 West 40th St. NYC for the Silkheart Label on May 17.
My co lead band with Gebhard Ullmann which has Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang will also perform at the Vision Festival on June 2. We just released a CD called the Chicago Plan on Clean Feed.
Additional recordings and performances include Jason Hwang’s Sing House CD release, another Brotzmann/Swell/Nilssen-Love CD (Live in Tel Aviv!), Soul Travelers to headline Edgefest (Ann Arbor) in October, a new CD from Stuart Popejoy, a new CD from Allen Lowe, residencies in Houston and Krakow, and more! Stay tuned!