This Blog is a forum to share my thoughts on music, our communities, education, and a variety of topics, as well as an opportunity to engage with readers and listeners. I invite you to take a look and read as you choose. I look forward to linking with other blogs, hearing your thoughts, and enjoying some great conversations.
Consider The Blues, available everywhere, 5/20/16, on OA2 Records! Click on the album cover above to make your order now. Use the Bandcamp player below to preview the album or order downloads
“For his second recording as a leader, bassist Will Goble is joined by drummer Dave Potter, his long-time rhythm section mate in Jason Marsalis’ Quartet, master saxophonist Greg Tardy and the Atlanta-based pianist Louis Heriveaux. Through arrangements of compositions by Mary Lou Williams and George Gershwin, and originals inspired by the 2015 Nepali earthquakes, racial injustice, and other emotion-charged events, Goble presents the blues as an aesthetic through which all people can make their stories known. From the opening “Another Man Gone Down,” a traditional chain gang song with guest vocalist Tabreeca Woodside, to Goble’s uptempo “The Ants Went Marching One By One But They Didn’t Come Back,” the blues are captured with a variety of outlooks, but always through the infinitely variable lens of swing.”
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This September, I traveled back to Atlanta to record a quartet album with some wonderful musicians and I’m excited to share it with you all very soon. The album is currently in post production, meaning that mixing is nearly complete. Featuring saxophonist Gregory Tardy, pianist Louis Heriveaux, and drummer Dave Potter, it features original compositions and arrangements inspired in part by some of the difficult happenings and issues we have faced as a global community in the past year or two. The album is tentatively entitled: “Consider The Blues” (more…)
My new duo recording, “The Kirtipur Suite,” with pianist Michael Kocour and special guest guitarist Jeff Libman, is now available. I composed this short suite in response to the April Nepali earthquakes and we recorded it in just 3 hours, with just 3 mics, and no edits. All proceeds benefit rebuilding in the town of Kirtipur, Nepal. Check it out, and please share! (2017-2018 Update: As the Kirtipur Reconstruction Committee has completed its efforts, all proceed will now be donated to HeartMind International, supporting Psychosocial Public Health Initiatives in Kathmandu and rural Nepal).
Here are a few brief articles on some of the local happenings in PHX that involve young folks and jazz, including a couple of initiatives I’ve been involved with. Enjoy! (more…)
We’ve had a great time hitting the west coast, midwest, and south with Jason Marsalis and the Vibes Quartet supporting our newest release: “The 21st Century Trad Band”. Photo by Alex Shapiro, 2014.
Some highlights so far:
On November 3rd, 2014, The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet visited the KPLU Studios in Seattle, before appearing at Jazz Alley that night. We had a blast meeting everyone at the station and playing a few tunes for a small in-studio audience and the listening radio public! Here’s the link to the session, and the separate videos of each tune via YouTube. Enjoy! (more…)
My friend Jacques Lesure (a great musician as well as someone who speaks eloquently about all sorts of issues) posted this on his facebook page today. It’s a great reminder of the scope, power, importance, and possibilities of music. It also serves as further example of the extraordinary wordsmith, speaker, and thinker (as well as just a courageous man all around) that Dr. King was. (more…)
“Some Stories Tell No Lies” is available right here! To go along with the new website, we’re bringing this post back to the top so you can order the new record, check it out… (more…)
Here’s the latest in SSTNL coverage:
Thanks to Domi and everyone at Republic of Jazz for featuring Some Stories Tell No Lies this week! And for putting up with my broken Spanish… (more…)
It may be a short one, but big thanks to John Barron at “The Jazz Word,” for the thoughtful (and complimentary!) review he recently published.
Read it here: (more…)