December 30 Shows: Birkfest and Redroom…some good ones!

Hey Friends,

As the year comes to a close (an amazing year in so many ways…including getting engaged to an amazing person!) I have just two more concerts, both on December 30, that I am supremely excited for. Just wanted to give a heads up…much more to come in 2013! The Birkfest concert makes the first time I’ve ever performed with my mentor Michael Formanek and my very good friend John Dierker. Then later that night I’ll join John in a tradition that takes place annually at the Red Room. Details:

Dierker/Formanek/Hopkins
Sunday December 30 @ Birkfest
3030 Abell Ave, Baltimore MD
John Dierker-reeds
Michael Formanek-bass
Adam Hopkins-bass
5:00p, no cover

John Dierker Ensemble Annual Holiday Concert
Sunday December 30 @ Red Room
425 E 31st Street, Baltimore MD
John Dierker-reeds
Marc Miller-guitar
Chris Pumphrey-rhodes
Adam Hopkins-bass
Will Redman-drums
8:00p, $5

Thanks to all reading for the continued support. Lots more coming in the new year that I’m very excited and thankful for.

Free Sounds: John Dierker’s Holiday Sextet @ The Red Room 12.30.11

John Dierker is one of my favorite musicians in the whole word, both to play with and to listen to. I have the pleasure of working with him often as members of Quartet Offensive and Lubbock, and in a number of varied improvised ensembles (an impromptu duo performance as a result of two people not showing up for OOYH is one of my favorite musical memories…and one of my biggest regrets for not having my mp3 recorder). He is truly one of the gems in the Baltimore creative and improvised music scene. Other people recognize this as well, which is why the Red Room features John every holiday season in a year-end improvised blowout concert. The band he put together this year was top-notch, and I was honored to perform with these amazing musicians and great friends. This years holiday ensemble featured John on reeds; Dave Ballou-trumpet; Marc Miller-guitar; Chris Pumphrey-rhodes; AH-bass; and Will Redman-drums. More video to come…this is the first segment from the performance. Enjoy!