As you can see by the picture below, there is a lot going on right now. I’ve been fortunate to teach for a long time – so long that my former students have grown up and become collaborators. And to top it off, one of my favorite new bands comes to town and I get to play a show with them.
This is a piece I wrote a while back that never was recorded – just played live a lot with various instrumentation. My favorite was when Aiko Shimada and I would do this one as a duet. She would sing the melody and it was amazing. If you haven’t heard her music, go listen to her records today!
Here’s a new solo-piano recording of the piece:
I was made aware by Facebook this morning that my music page has reached 500 followers. As many of you know I’m not a big Facebook or hype person, but I really appreciate that people have taken the time to find and like the page.
To say “thank you”, I wanted to give a sneak-peak to an album I’ve been working on for many years. In the form of a free download or stream to a song…
This gospel, jazz, groove-based piece was originally written for a band. Here is a solo-piano version of it.
If you don’t see the player below, click here to listen to the recording.
Download the free sheet music: Last Option
This is a haunting, introspective melody that merges major and minor sounds throughout.
Download the free sheet music here: Prelude in E
Download and print the free PDF version here: An Untimely Event
Click play to listen:
Throwback Thursday – Hands on the Wheel Willie Nelson cover of a song about finding someone who takes you 'home'
The Galloping Gorilla – Solo Piano Piece and Sheet Music Download the piano score and listen to The Galloping Gorilla
It’s free to download the pdf with the link here: Galloping Gorilla.
Click “play” below and take a listen:
This is a cover and arrangement I did for a potential TV show soundtrack… The gig never happened but it now lives on YouTube.
Throwback circa 2000. I sing a country version of an Italian classic (in Italian) arranged by Matt Glassmeyer. Trombone solo was provided in essence by Randy Kapralick (not pictured for some reason that is not a good one I’m sure).
Listen to our version here:
An Italian record label reached out to The Jongleurs and asked us to do a cover on their Mina tribute album. They said we should do whatever we wanted, as long as we sang in Italian. Matt had the idea that I sang it in my Kentucky accent. I often demonstrated the twang version of French class that I attended through high school as a party trick. So this was my chance to document it on a recording in a brand new language.
Horn Arrangements: Matt Glassmeyer
Saxes: Matt Glassmeyer
Trombone: Randy Kapralick
Bass: Forrest Giberson
Drums: Eric Hastings
Keys, Voice and Mixing: Michael Stegner
Mina is #1 always and forever!