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Dec
30

Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra live on PBS

On Christmas Eve I had the once in a lifetime bucket list opportunity to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra. We were performing as part of the 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a 3 hour special televised on PBS in Los Angeles.

EDIT: I had a video posted from Youtube, but apparently it’s been removed.

Nov
13

2014 Music Placements

While I didn’t get a song in a feature film This Year, it’s awesome to see your music pop up in different shows and being used in different ways.

—-RECENT PLACEMENTS FOR 2014—-

-A Hip Hop cue in ‘White Collar Brawlers’, on the Esquire Network.

-A tension piece in an episode of ‘NOVA’ on PBS. Exciting for me because, NOVA is a rad show.

-A jazz piano piece in an episode of a show called ‘Chaos’ on CBS that was cancelled after 3 seconds.

-A piece on ‘Welcome To Myrtle Manor’ on TLC. I don’t know what piece it was to be honest.

-Tons of hip hop in ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory Season 6’ earlier in 2014. Hopefully more of that happening next year.

This is a significant increase from the year before, and with more work and hustling, 2015 should be even more huge. Here’s to finishing out the year strong with lots of production.

Placements 1
Placements 2

Oct
23

Quotes from Yesterday’s Lesson With a 10 Year Old

Two nuggets of wisdom from my lesson yesterday with one of my favorite students, a 10 year old girl.

Me: “What time signature is this”
Her: “What do you mean what time signature is this”
Me: “WHAT DO YOU MEAN what do you mean what time signature is this”

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Me: “use the mentronome”
Her: “I hate the metronome I feel like it sits there judging me”
Me: “Yes but it is an impartial judge”

Aug
02

Richard Tee / Steve Gadd Style Cover Of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’

Richard Tee is one of my biggest influences on piano. His time was always perfect and his ideas really bluesy and huge.

This video is a dedication to him. ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ done the way he might have approached it, with lots of gospel ideas and grooves, along with his signature chordal sound. I made it into a duet with my friend Paul Van De Riet on drums. Tee always loved recording with Steve Gadd and this is in that style. Check it!

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