November, 2018 – Updated Nov. 9

Working with Kris Tokarski and Kim Cusack at the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival was a treat.  I was sorry to see the festival end; wish I could have just kept playing with that combination!

The second CD release party with Floyd Domino’s All-Stars at Sam’s Town Point in Austin was a kick as well.  I think Floyd is doing well with sales of the new recording, and I have been told that reviews will be appearing shortly.

After a grueling drive from Austin to New Orleans, I rehearsed with the On The Levee Jazz Band.  Everyone at the rehearsal was ready to work, work, work and we were able to add an astonishing 33 new songs to the repertoire!  We are all excited about our upcoming appearance at the San Diego Jazz Fest with guest trombonist Charlie Halloran, plus the regulars: Ben Polcer, cornet; Joe Goldberg, clarinet; Kris Tokarski, piano; Alex Belhaj, guitar; and Josh Gouzy, string bass.

K.O. in front of O.T.L.

Before the San Diego Fest, I will be playing the Austin Lindy Exchange with the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet as well as my own Swing Central.  This is yet one more event that I am looking forward to.

In addition, I will have a new CD available shortly, and am recording another session (details t.b.a.) in a little over a week.  More information concerning these discs is forthcoming.

Meanwhile, I am happy to be home for a few days with my furry kids — especially as the temperature here is dipping down into the 20s at night!






— Hal