Dan Cavanagh Late April/May Newsletter

Hi all,

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
Cover: $5

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
Cover: $5
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

Dan Cavanagh April Newsletter

Hi all,

For all of you in the northern hemisphere, I hope as the spring approaches you are welcoming more sun and warm weather. It’s already getting into the mid 80’s here in Texas!

First, a special announcement: my newest CD, and first CD as a piano trio leader, is being released on April 17 by OA2 records! The Heart of the Geyser was recorded and mixed last year by the 3-time Grammy-winning engineer Bob Dawson at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA. I am extremely proud of the writing and playing on it. On the CD, I’m joined by amazing Latin-Grammy-winner Joe McCarthy on drumset, and the unbelievable Linda Oh on bass, who has been getting the call from so many great jazz bandleaders in New York, including Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Steve Wilson, etc.

The Heart of the Geyser is available for pre-order here: http://www.dancavanagh.com/live/recordings/. On that page you can hear a few samples, and if you order before April 17, 2012, you will receive the pre-order discount price of $10 (plus s/h). If you order, the album will ship on April 15. While you’re there, make sure to check out my other two releases: Horizon with Dave Hagedorn, and Pulse, my big band release.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I have a new website. Be sure to visit and check it out. It’s much easier to purchase big band charts and listen to samples here: www.dancavanagh.com/live/music/. I also have a new video section: www.dancavanagh.com/live/music/video/, where you can view some recent video of a concert on which I was fortunate to play with the great Randy Brecker in Las Vegas, among other great musicians.


As always, every Sunday I play the Birraporetti’s jazz brunch in Arlington. 11am – 2pm.

The American Jazz Composers Orchestra plays the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Blue Danube Restaurant in Pantego. This month it’s Tuesday, April 24, 7:30pm – 10pm, and there’s no cover. Our intern, Eric Morrison, has posted some live sound clips of the band here: http://www.soundcloud.com/ericmorrison.

On April 28, the Georgetown University Ensemble, under the direction of Aaron Broadus, is premiering my piece “Wide Lens.” The university commissioned the piece for their jazz festival this year. I’ll be out there for the premiere – if you’re in the area I’d love to see you at the concert!

You might also want to check on the jazz happenings at UT Arlington: http://www.uta.edu/music/.

Keep in touch!


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