I’m loving the change in scenery, climate and overall vibe. Things are starting to feel like summer and I am enjoying every minute. Roger Goldenberg and I kicked off May with an inspiring performance at TEDx Piscataqua River 2014. Check out the video if you have a chance. The crowd was AWESOME and Rog and I were working on a new tune of mine called “Cliff Hanger” which came to mind during the work I was doing for a gig at Skunk Hollow Tavern featuring the music of the great Clifford Jordan. Can’t wait to try that tune on with a band. Looks like I’ll get the chance very soon! Here are some upcoming gigs you might like to checkout. Thanks for supporting live creativity wherever it crops up!
Sunday, June 1 – Matt Langley’s Sound Playground – Sonny’s Tavern, Dover NH – 7-10PM – The debut of a brand new band featuring some incredible musicians in a night of improvisation with a few original tunes and sketches scattered here and there. Luther Gray will be on drums, Tim Webb on Bass and Jeff Galindo will join us in the second set too. Joining us on guitar will be our very special guest Michael Gregory Jackson. If you’re unfamiliar with Mr. Jackson’s work, take a moment and visit some of his web presences to checkout some of his music. I’m looking forward to this performance very much and can’t wait to hear how this group of musicians interacts and explores the 12-note universe!
Monday, June 2 – David Tonkin Group – The Barley House, Concord, NH – 6-10PM – Fresh off a visit to Julie Lavender’s Dreamfarm for a radio show and recording session of David’s music, Tonky’s Honkers are BACK home at the Barley! Come on in and sample the great food and grog at the Barley House while listening to David and the boys traveling the spaceways of Jazz, Blues & whatever else comes to mind. Featuring Tim Gilmore on drums, Don Williams on Bass and Matt Langley on Saxes with other distinguished guests.
Sunday, June 8 – FTET – Sonny’s Tavern, Dover, NH – 7-10PM – Mike Effenberger’s FTET is back at Sonny’s in an all too RARE appearance. Featuring Jim Rudolf on drums, Chris Klaxton on Trumpet, Nick Mainella and Matt Langley on saxes and Mike Effenberger on keyboards and musical guidance…at times. Join us for a great night of music, food, beer and friends.
Thursday, June 19th – Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorers Club with Special Guest Pandelis Karayorgis – Outpost 186, Cambridge MA 8PM – Charlie Kohlhase’s Explorer’s Club features some of Boston’s (and Maine’s!) finest improvisers. Tonight we’ll be joined by pianist, composer and bandleader Pandelis Karayorgis. We’ll play some Kohlhase, some Karayorgis, some Monk and maybe some others. With Curt Newton on Drums, Jeff Galindo on Trombone, Eric Hofbauer on guitar and Aaron Darrell on bass. This will be a great night, please join us!
Saturday, June 21 – The Skunk Hollow Electric Bebop Band – Hartland Jazzfest - Hartland Vt – 2:50 PM – Peter Concilio up in Hartland VT is a tireless trooper for JAZZ. He hosts the first Friday of the month at the Legendary Skunk Hollow Tavern and this band has sprung up out of those gigs. Featuring Peter on Bass, Timmy Gilmore on Drums, the LEGENDARY John Carlson on trumpet, whom I had the pleasure of working with in Charlie Kohlhase’s band back in the eighties and will be on stage with him for the FIRST TIME since then AND, as if that weren’t enough; Randy Roos on Guitar and David Tonkin on Guitar. This will be a fun one! Check out the JazzFest’s FACEBOOK PAGE here and get the whole lowdown. Make a day of it!
That’s it for now. Pammie and I are gearing up for an epic road trip at the end of the month out to Montana to visit the KIDS!!! Yeah! Thanks for visiting and for supporting live music and arts!