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!