It’s an honor to be featured in the December issue of DOWNBEAT - the king of jazz magazines since 1934. Thanks to Allen Morrison, whose full, unedited article I hope to post here soon, along with the edited print version below.
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The new album is out, folks! CLICK HERE TO ORDER CD'S, MP3'S, OR STREAM
Many thanks to everyone who came to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the album release show. Both shows were sold out, and none other than Madonna herself was in the audience for the first show! Surreal.
Blind Boy Paxton is one of the greatest performers and personalities in the entire roots music field. I had the honor of recording "Just Cross the River from Queens" with him on the steps of Louis Armstrong's House in Queens, NY!
The album is a celebration of jazz music in Queens from 1923 to the present. This song (written in 1927 by Albert von Tilzer, the composer of Take Me Out to the Ballgame) is thought to be the only published song from the first 3 decades of jazz that references Queens, although countless legendary jazz musicians lived there.
Filmed at Welbourne Farm in Middleburg, VA. The farm houses retired horses whose owners don't want to send them to the glue factory. It's also the home of Welbourne Jazz Camp, where I've been on faculty for 7 years.
Cinematographer Tom Krueger has made videos for Stevie Wonder, U2, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Public Enemy, Bruce Springsteen.... and Dennis Lichtman. Russell Welch (the Mississippi Gypsy) is also a Welbourne instructor, and plays damn fine guitar. I was lucky to have these guys at camp, and they were willing to follow me out to a field on a hot afternoon to hang out with the horses - thanks guys! And Lauren Balthrop did a bang-up job with the editing. What a team.
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The long-awaited follow-up to "String-Pickin' Fiddle-Bowin' Horn-Blowin' Fool" is coming soon. Featuring Dennis Lichtman and Russell Welch, shot by the great Tom Krueger and edited by Lauren Balthrop.