The album is my first as solo bandleader and features 9 of my original compositions, as well as 5 classic tunes associated with jazz legends who made Queens, NY their home. There was a major migration of jazz musicians into the borough of Queens starting in 1923 with couple Clarence Williams (pianist/bandleader) and Eva Taylor (vocalist). Soon after, they were followed by Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and dozens more. Most famously, Louis Armstrong lived there for the last 30 years of his life.
I put together an all-star band of Queens jazz musicians for this album, and I can't wait to share it with you all. If you just can't wait, pre-orders are available here, and you get to download the opening track, 7 Express.