May, 2017

After the insane amount of traveling I did in April, the month of May is going to feel like a vacation.

I do have three long trips to make this month, but am looking forward to the music at the end of the Interstate...

On May 2 I return to New Orleans, to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with Chris Clifton's All-Stars, Clive Wilson's New Orleans Serenaders (with Butch Thompson!) and Tim Laughlin. I enjoyed playing with all of these groups last year; especially the tribute to Louis Armstrong's All-Stars with Chris Clifton.

Chris Clifton's All-Stars

Chris Clifton's All-Stars Credit: Tommy Clufetos

While in New Orleans, I will also play with my good friend Tim Laughlin for the New Orleans Jazz Club at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street, a tribute to Pete Fountain at the Old U.S. Mint and a Saturday night at the Bombay Club with Tim and pianist David Boeddinghaus.My pal Kris Tokarski has also included me in a trio with the great cornetist Jon-Erik Kellso for two nights at the Bombay Club. It is always a privilege to work with Jon-Erik. . .and Kris, of course!

Following the trip to New Orleans, I will play a rare (for me) single engagement in Austin: a concert-dance at Central Market-Westgate with Floyd Domino's All-Stars. Floyd is one of my favorite pianists, and I will be glad to have an opportunity to work once again with vocalist Emily Gimble. My partners in the rhythm section, in addition to Floyd, will be Jamey Cummins on guitar and Ryan Gould on bass. This one gig is easily going to be worth the long drive!

floyd and ryan

Floyd Domino and Ryan Gould. Credit: Ted Branson

The last weekend in May I will be at the wonderful Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina with a fantastic lineup: Duke Heitger, trumpet; Tim Laughlin, clarinet; and Kris Tokarski, piano/leader. The last time this combination played at the Jazz Corner, the audience reaction was nothing short of astounding. I hope we can make the same thing happen this time!

Duke Heitger and Kris Tokarski

Duke Heitger and Kris Tokarski. Credit: Anne-Christine Persson

After the trip to South Carolina, I will have news concerning my upcoming time off. At that time I will enjoy watching the cats relax, as Alex copes with the hot Arkansas temperatures and Mittens tries her best to become invisible.





I hope to see you in New Orleans, Austin and/or Hilton Head. Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by, and please check back in June!

– Hal