If you think we sound terrific on these videos, recorded immediately after our first gig together, you'll be amazed when you hear us now! Featuring a unique repertoire of jazz and Brazilian compositions when performing in jazz clubs and for concerts, combined with Great American Songbook standards when performing for weddings and corporate events. Also available as a quartet with the addition of guitar or piano (see the quartet section below).
This particular trio has performing together for about ten years now. Our style is the modern jazz of the 1950's through the 1970's, with music ranging from Thelonious Monk (video 1) to Pat Metheny (video 2) when performing in jazz clubs and restaurants, mixed with Great American Songbook standards when performing for weddings and corporate events. Also available in two other configurations: as a quartet with the addition of either a piano or a second guitar (see the Quartet section below.)
During the past several years this trio has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of exceptional yet seldom-performed jazz and Brazilian standards, and can perform all of the Great American Songbook standards as well.
I've been playing with this terrific pianist for almost 30 years now. Surprisingly, he's also an accomplished wedding bandleader when he's not busy performing as a sideman in some of the top jazz bands in New York.
This trio prominently features the compositions of Bill Evans and Antonio Carlos Jobim, performed in a highly interactive style. Since we began our musical association over ten years ago, this pianist has become an internationally recognized figure who frequently tours the world as a sideman under the leadership of some of the most renowned bandleaders in jazz.
The first time I made music with this incredible guitarist we experienced an immediate and special rapport. Khabu is among the most creative and empathetic musicians I've made music with, always listening, reacting, and inventing. In addition, we share a mutual love of the music of Thelonious Monk, which I think Khabu happens to play better than just about anyone other than Monk himself, so I've made Monk's music, including his lessor-known tunes, the focus of our repertoire.
This quartet specializes in Great American Songbook standards. This saxophonist has an amazing level of musicianship with a style reminiscent (to me) of both John Coltrane and Michael Brecker.
One of the greatest guitarists in the world, whom I've been lucky to make music with for many years. He knows just about any jazz tune or standard you can name. I use him regularly as a lead instrumentalist, as well as a sidemen in my quartets fronted by saxophone or vibraphone.
This band's repertoire is a mix of jazz and Brazilian music chosen to suit the sound of the vibraphone. This group is in heavy demand, from concerts to corporate events. These videos document one of the first opportunities we had to play together; if you like these, you'll probably be amazed when you hear how well we play this music now.
This band is a combination of my two jazz guitar trios. These guitarists are two of the most empathetic listeners I've ever made music with, who share a similar aesthetic, while each having a completely distinctive style. This is the kind of group I could have only created in New York, because the possibility of finding two such ideally compatible guitarists requires a huge pool of potential musicians to draw from.
This is a third permutation of my quartet devoted to guitar-based music. When budget or space is a consideration, the guitar trio is an ideal group (see above); when budget or space allows, the "double" guitar quartet (see above) is a great variation; and when a venue has a piano, I recommended this version of my guitar band, which features guitar in the front line supported by piano.
This quartet's repertoire is the most challenging of all of my groups. While this is the first musical project I ever organized, the personnel has evolved over the decades into its strongest lineup ever. Especially suited to jazz clubs, but often called to perform at weddings and corporate events as well.
This devoted quintet has been together for over a decade now, performing a style reminiscent of the mid-'60s Blue Note records sound, with a special emphasis on the compositions of Kenny Dorham.
Still together 11 years later… this is my most popular band during summer concert season, enthusiastically brought back year after year by the promoters of events throughout New York, Brooklyn, and Queens.
A pure jazz vocalist with a love and respect for the music and lyrics of the Great American Songbook, along with an ability to improvise like an instrumentalist. Available as a quartet or quintet with the addition of saxophone.
An soulful singer of Great American Songbook standards, with additional repertoire from jazz, blues, gospel, and other genres. Available as a quartet or quintet with the addition of saxophone.
Another pure jazz vocalist with a love and respect for the music and lyrics of the Great American Songbook, along with an ability to improvise like an instrumentalist. Available as a quartet or quintet with the addition of saxophone.
A vocalist with wide repertoire, a warm personality, and a purity reminiscent of Chet Baker. Available as a quartet or quintet with the addition of saxophone.
A vocalist with a pure approach to the Great American Songbook.
The most popular of my bands, owing to the talent and charisma of the vocalist-bassist that is its musical focus. This band mostly plays weddings, corporate events and private parties and always receives superlative feedback.
This vocalist-bassist is a new and wonderful addition to my roster of musicians that I love to play with. A serious and accomplished jazz bassist, as a vocalist she has a wide range of standards in her repertoire, and as a professional she couldn't be nicer or easier to work with.
A first-rate jazz pianist that I would be happy to use on purely instrumental gigs, a first-rate vocalist that I regularly add to my instrumental bands, and a fun, humorous person who is completely comfortable in front of an audience.
Another great vocalist-bassist! I'm running out of commentary, so I'll let our music speak for itself!
I've been an aficionado of Brazilian popular music for almost as long as I've been an aficionado of jazz. This group is a special project of mine that combines both of these styles and repertoires together, united by the aesthetic commonalities that both musics share.