Iquique, Chile/ Rhythm Road #16

7 06 2010

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Belem, Brazil! Rhythm Road #13

20 05 2010

music…Traditional Carimbo from Belem





Fortaleza, Brazil~Rhythm Road #12

19 05 2010

music: Dando De Bom -Luiz Gonzaga  / Forro from N.E. region





Escola Corpos Percissivos ~ Rhythm Road #10

4 05 2010

We (Eli Yamin, Kate McGarry, Bob Stewart & I) arrived in Recife, Brazil in the early afternoon. We had the whole day to catch up on our rest before beginning our schedule of workshops and clinics….but I simply couldn’t sit in my hotel knowing that something like this was happening out there somewhere.

This is my first day in Brazil.

Thankyou Jorge Martins and Marivaldo Lima!


Thankyou Edvaldo S. Amorim for taking my perhaps not so sublte requests seriously and arranging the visit!!!





Warrior Heart ~ on tour

26 04 2010

I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal both the listener and the musician.  In light of this fact, it was a absolute gift to recently do an outreach mini-tour in NYC with my group Warrior Heart sponsored by Lincoln Center.

We played concerts in some adult care facilities and nursing homes.  Every performance was unique and uplifting for me and the band.  We played some jazz, alot of Blues, some of my original material, and at the end of every show we had the audience singing, dancing & clapping with us.  I also loved watching the room come alive when Mazz Swift sang Summertime, a bit of a dusty classic to us musicians, but really appreciated by the audiences. I especially appreciated getting to share the adventure with some of my favorite musicians to work with.
It was a beautiful experience!

Warrior Heart is:

Mazz Swift – Violin & vox http://www.mazzmuzik.com/index.html

Steve Schwab – Bass http://www.myspace.com/jootsyszaba

Ron Jackson – Guitar www.ronjacksonmusic.com

Cassandra Faulconer – Bass (gig 1) http://www.casandrafaulconer.com/

Narjess Saad – percussion http://www.myspace.com/narjess

Ron Jackson & Mazz Swift

Steve Schwab - the Rhythm King

Ron, Narjess, Frae & Cass

Cass, Ron & Mazz pre-show making notes on charts





The Daughters of Nina Simone ~ Harlem, N.Y.C.

16 04 2010

Backlash Blues Rhythm Section perspective

(Thankyou Theo!)





Process – (thankyou!)

18 03 2010

This is a song about gratitude. Its made up of different variations of my favorite groove, “the shuffle” – a rhythm that comes from the heart.