First, I want to wish you all a fantastic 2011! Much happiness and great things to all of us!
It's been a while since my last post, so I want to talk about a few things I have been involved with....
(hence the "part 1" title.... part 2 coming in a few....)
I have been working with the legendary brazilian pianist/composer Dom Salvador.
I played a few shows with him this year, including a concert in São Paulo Brazil at the Bourbon Street Jazz Club in June, and more recently, at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio, as part of the CopaFest 2010. Needless to say, it's been an amazing experience. Salvador is without doubt one of the most important Brazilian musicians ever, and I believe that much of what we do today in music we owe to his incredible artistic vision and concept.
I also played drums on his latest recording, The Art of Samba Jazz, which features some of his classic compositions perfomed by trio, quartet and sextet. Definitely check it out! Here is the cover:
Here are some photos of the group, as well as a video from our show at Bourbon Street -
at Bourbon Street, SP, Brazil:
at CopaFest, RJ, Brazil:
these last two photos, courtesy of Henry Schroy. Thanks Henry!
Performing the classic "Gafieira" at the Bourbon Street, SP:
More to come, everybody... stay tuned, and thanks for visiting!