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Sept. 18, 2020

Here is the latest isolation video by the Café Borrone All Stars:

I have completed the drum part for three more videos and expect to play on another one this weekend.  Meanwhile, the “Get Happy” series with Loren Schoenberg and Nick Rossi continues:

More episodes will be posted soon, plus some virtual videos with some great musical friends!

The first two EPs of “The Isolation Sessions” by Michael Gamble and his Very Swinging Friends are now available on BANDCAMP!
https://michaelgamble.bandcamp.com/album/latch-onto-that-rhythm-isolation-sessions-1

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All of the music on these sessions was recorded remotely — from nine different states!  Michael did a fantastic job of organizing the instrumental combinations, arranging the songs and editing all of the recordings into cohesive, exciting and SWINGING albums!  You will hear some of the best swing musicians in the U.S. on these EPs, including Laura Windley, Dan Levinson, David Jellema, Noah Hocker, Chloe Feoranzo, Charlie Halloran, Jonathan Stout, Chris Dawson, James Posedel and of course the man who leads the band and swings the string bass: Michael Gamble!

Already mentioned elsewhere, but just in case you missed it:

SDJF 2020 notice

I may or may not be participating in a “virtual video” for this event.  If it does happen, I will post the information on this page.

At the present time, I am working on a couple of “Acapella” recordings as well as a music video.  When they are completed, I will put them up on this page.

The latest issue of Syncopated Times includes my interview with the talented Riley Baker:

Riley cover

There is also an article I co-wrote with Kris Tokarski regarding pianists who were influenced by Earl Hines.  Alex especially likes the description of his namesake’s piano style!

Alex and Syncopated Times

When you go to BANDCAMP to purchase the albums by Michael Gamble, please remember to check out my page to purchase music from the albums by Swing Central and the Kris Tokarski Trio: https://halsmith.bandcamp.com/

You can also buy music by the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, Brooks Prumo Orchestra and the Oxblood Melodians from BANDCAMP.  And…don’t forget that there are still a few copies of On The Levee’s CD available: https://ontheleveejazz.bandcamp.com/album/swinging-new-orleans-jazz-for-dancing-or-just-listening

— Hal