A few gigs of note coming up this weekend...
I'll be joining pianist Bruce Pethrick and bassist Brendan Rothwell at the Beatniq Jazz & Social Club on Friday and Saturday evenings, backing up "Barbado's First Lady of Jazz", vocalist Cici Duke for two evenings of standards.
Working with good vocalists is one of my favorite things to do. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work so many great singers over the years including the likes of Pat Steele, Diane Nalini, Johanne Desforges, John Labelle, Johnny Scott, Carol Welsman, Karin Plato, Dione Taylor, Terra Hazelton and Louise Rose. Learning to accompany a vocalist is a real art form in itself and I enjoy the challenge of playing the drums in a way that compliments the voice and the lyric.
I'm also co-hosting the Broken City Jam session on Saturday afternoon from 3-6 pm with guitarist Ralf Buschmeyer and electric bassist extraordinaire Dale James. Be sure to come on out as the BC jam is now only happening the first Saturday of every month.