It’s been a fun month – new album The Heart of the Geyser came out, we got to host the great Fred Sturm at UT Arlington, and found out I got a sabbatical (Faculty Development Leave) for fall 2012! Also, lots of fun news for the upcoming month.
First of all, if you haven’t had a chance to pick up your copy of the new album, featuring me on piano, bassist Linda Oh and Grammy-winning drummer Joe McCarthy, I invite you to pick up a copy. Lots of ways to do so: my website, OA2 Records, or iTunes. All of the online music services and websites also have copies available for sale.
However you wish to purchase, know that I’m selling copies for $10 each, plus shipping/handling, from my website. I figure you can get a hard copy for the same price as the iTunes download and then have all the great cover art, liner notes, etc. too!
If you’re around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I invite you to the:
Official CD Release Party for The Heart of the Geyser:
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 9pm – 1am
Where: Scat Jazz Lounge, downtown Fort Worth
I’ll be playing with two great musicians around here: drummer Jaime Reyes and bassist Young Heo. There are also rumors (that I’ve started) that many other great DFW jazz players will be in attendance, and will be doing some playing as well. Of course, copies of the album will be availble at the show.
As part of my fall 2012 faculty development leave, I am writing a 30-minute piano concerto to be premiered in Spring 2013. I am journaling online about the whole process, and I invite you to keep up with it. You can see the first post and any additional posts on my website: http://www.dancavanagh.com/live/categories/piano-concerto. I invite you to join me in the process by interacting on the site.
In other news, here are a few more shows planned in late April/May:
Georgetown Jazz Festival (Georgetown Univ., Washington DC)
Saturday, April 28, 3pm (approx.)
White-Gravenor Patio/Copley Lawn (Rain Site: Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre)
The Georgetown Jazz Ensemble, directed by Aaron Broadus, commissioned a piece from me and is premiering it at the festival! I’m excited that I’ll be in attendance at the concert. The piece, “Wide Angle Lens,” showcases some great rhythm section playing and soloing. Was thinking a lot about photography when I was writing it, even though I’m a cruddy photographer More info here.
Chris Milyo Group (Scat Jazz Lounge, Fort Worth)
Thursday, May 10, 9pm – 1am
We’ll be playing all originals from people in the group! Will be a fun night of modern jazz.
Dallas Jazz Piano Society Starving Jazz Pianist Concert (Sea Breeze Restaurant, Plano, TX)
Monday, May 21, 6:30pm – ?
I’ll be playing alongside other great Dallas/Fort Worth jazz pianists in an evening of jazz piano sponsored by the Dallas Jazz Piano Society. Get your jazz piano fix this night – it’s rare to get so many talented pianists together at once! (they offered free food so we’re all showing up
American Jazz Composers Orchestra (Blue Danube, Pantego (Arlington))
Tuesday, May 22, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Come check out the AJCO in our monthly concert. This is a really happening band doing some moving and shaking. If any of you know of businesses or individuals who would like to assist this non-profit organization, please get in touch! We are currently looking for corporate sponsorship and certain types of in-kind donations (music stands, etc).
Stay in touch! -Dan