Summer happenings, and bass solos, and future happenings, too…

Oh boy it’s been since April since I updated this guy. Lots of teaching in that time, and a good amount of playing with some great people and great friends. A couple of things to watch out for in the coming months:

1) Lubbock, a 10-piece ensemble that I co-lead with Dave Ballou, is finally mixing the album we recorded back in January. It was recorded in the studio, but all in one day, and minimal takes of everything. The band was on though, so I think there is some great music to be heard on this thing, and it’s one of those live-in-the-studio sort of deals. Some previews of that coming soon. The entire band is Cam Collins, Eric Trudel, Colin Renick, and John Dierker-reeds, Dave Ballou, Brent Madsen, and Jim McFalls-brass, and Chris Pumphrey, myself, and Nathan Ellman-Bell in the rhythm section.

2) Eric Trudel Trio has been gaining some steam lately, having played a couple of gigs in the past couple weeks. Some accidentally, some intentional, but the important thing is that they happened and they were fun. Eric, Nathan and I have been playing trio together since 2007 in Baltimore, so the comfort level is high in that group and we have a good time. Good times with good dudes. I have a weekly gig at Kif in Ft. Greene every Monday night from 8-10p, and this week Eric and Nathan are both subbing, so it should be a fun time and worth checking out. Oh, and no cover! Here’s a clip of that trio playing the tune Daniella by Hurray for the Riff Raff. It features a bass solo first, and might be the only bass solo on this entire website. Enjoy!

[audio https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12689570/Website%20Sound%20Clips/Daniella.mp3]

Daniella–written by Hurray for the Riff Raff–performed by Eric Trudel-sax; AH-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums

3) Lots of fun stuff coming up in the performances section of this page. Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems have a bunch of shows coming up in the new few months in preparation of recording their debut album. That band consists of all of my roommates, and we have fun playing music together. Lastly Out of Your Head Brooklyn has gotten off to a wildly successful start, and I’m so excited by all the support it is getting. Our next show will be Sunday, August 5 at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, and will feature Gerald Cleaver, Oscar Noriega, Andrew Bishop, Kenny Warren, JP Schlegelmilch, Ben Syversen, Greg Chudzik, Nathan Ellman-Bell, and Kate Pittman. Wooooo…hope to see you soon!

The Rest of April…

I came to the realization today that I have a lot of performances scheduled for the next two weeks that I’m very excited about. Some old bands, some new bands, some old music series’, some new music series’…all of which I think will be good! So here are some select music performances that I think you may enjoy. Hope to see you out, and thanks for the continued support!

Saturday 4/14: Signal Problems @ 285 Midwood, 285 Midwood, Brooklyn NY, Danny Gouker-trumpet, compositions; Eric Trudel-sax; AH-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums, 8:00p–Excited to be a part of the Midwood music series again! It is a great, relaxed environment to enjoy music. Pot luck at 7pm, music starts at 8pm, and never a cover charge.

Sunday 4/15: Out of Your Head Brooklyn (curating) @ Freddy’s Bar, 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn NY, 9:30p, suggested donation, outofyourhead.org, freddysbar.com–I’m really happy with how well-received the OOYH series has been in Brooklyn, and have been consistently blown away by the quality of these performances. This is the last performance of this cycle…all new schedule coming soon for May/June/July/August. Set One at 9:30p, Set Two at 11p, No Cover! Performing will be Kenny Warren, Jake Henry, Danny Gouker, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Ryan Mackstaller, Dave Miler, Noah Garabedian. Devin Drobka, and Matt Rousseau.

Wednesday 4/18: Achilles Kallergis’ American Quintet @ The Grotto, 100 Forsyth St, NY NY, Eric Trudel-sax; Danny Gouker-trumpet; Achilles Kallergis-guitar; AH-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums, 9:30p–This band is a collective effort, with each musician contributing compositions. I love these guys! No cover, one long set starting at 9:30p.

Thursday 4/19: Dustin Carlson Quintet @ The Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY, Dustin Carlson-banjo, composition; Nathaniel Morgan-clarinet; Shannon Barnett-trombone; Mariel Berger-accordian; AH-bass, 8p, $5, thefirehousespace.org–My good friend, and fellow Party Packer Dustin Carlson wrote a chamber piece. This group of amazing musicians will be premiering it at the Firehouse Space, which is a great new venue located in Williamsburg.

and later that night…

Turn Around Norman @ Brooklyn Speakeasy Music Series, Williamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn NY, Cam Collins-sax; JJ Wright-keyboards; AH-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums, 9p, weturnaround.com–It might be a little while before Turn Around Norman performs again (as JJ is starting grad school at Notre Dame in June) but I’m VERY MUCH looking forward to the two performances we have in April. We’ll be playing original compositions from our album “We Turn Around,” and to be totally honest this band is way better live! The Brooklyn Speakeasy Music series, curated by Jonathan Lindhorst promises to be one of the most exciting new music series’ in Brooklyn…we’re really happy to be a part of it.

Wednesday 4/25: Turn Around Norman @ The Grotto, 100 Forsyth St, NY NY, Cam Collins-sax; JJ Wright-keyboards; AH-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums, 9:30p, weturnaround.com–And one more TAN gig at the Grotto. This will be a mix of our music and some of our favorite jazz standards. No cover!

Some recent things.

Here are some things that have happened recently that I like/liked:

My roommates are a band. The four of us play in a lot of bands together, but as one band we exist as Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems. That’s all four of us and no one else. Danny Gouker-trumpet, compositions; Eric Trudel-tenor; AH-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell-drums. We recently played at the Korzo Konceptions series curated by James Carney. Here’s a video of how the set ended:

Out of Your Head Brooklyn is up-and-running and was pretty full-force right out of the gate. We’ll be at Freddy’s Bar (627 5th Ave) every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 9:30pm. There’s a ton of video from the kickoff show at http://outofyourhead.org. These two videos, shot by Daniela Mileykovsky, are some of my favorite moments of the night. And there were a lot of great moments:

Set One (Nathaniel Morgan-alto; Josh Sinton-bass clarinet; Jonathan Goldberger-guitar; Kate Pittman-drums):

Set Two (Timo Vollbrecht-tenor; Rick Parker-trombone; Dustin Carlson-guitar; Landon Knoblock-rhodes; Devin Gray-drums):

I am honored to have received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in the area of Music Composition for 2012. There are a number of Baltimore-based projects that this will be very helpful with, primarily updating the OOYH website and mixing the Lubbock record (which is recorded and sounds awesome).

I have a lot of performances coming up in the next few months that I’m excited about. I’m honored to be playing with so many musicians that I respect and admire. I’m especially looking forward to coming back to Baltimore on March 8 to play with Beep Honk (Dave Ballou, Anthony Pirog, Mike Kuhl, and myself) at the Windup Space. I learned a lot of really important things about music in that room. I don’t know…maybe I’m being nostalgic, but I owe that place, and the musicians that I perform with there, and Russel de O’Campo a lot.

I’m happy. Things are great and I have awesome people in my life. It’s a nice feeling to be content but still pushing forward. This is the bloggiest thing I’ve ever written.