Music News

All the music-related news I can find to share with you.

March 25, 2015

House Concert in Munich

Big fun on a big Steinway at a house concert in Munich, Germany. What was a free night in my schedule on my tour with Curtis Stigers turned into a wonderful way to bring together friends for an intimate concert of solo-piano music and some great conversation. Thanks for the party!

House Concert in Munich

Posing with Cliff, the House Concert Host House Concert in Munich

Music News, On Tour
January 30, 2015

Curtis Stigers UK Tour – February 2015

I’m off to England this weekend to start a two-week UK tour with Curtis Stigers. Dates and information is listed below. Visit my online calendar for more upcoming shows!

  • Sun
    01
    Feb
    2015
    Sun
    15
    Feb
    2015

    On Tour with Curtis Stigers

    UK & Ireland

    Curtis StigersCurtis Stigers – vocals/sax
    Matthew Fries – piano
    James Scholfield – guitar
    Cliff Schmitt – bass
    Paul Wells – drums

  • Sun
    01
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Stevenage, UK
    Gordon Craig Theatre

  • Mon
    02
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    London, UK
    Lyric Theatre

  • Tue
    03
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    CHRISTCHURCH, DORSET, UK
    Regent Centre

  • Wed
    04
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Clacton, UK
    West Cliff Theatre

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Lichfield, UK
    Garrick Theatre

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Eastleigh, UK
    Concorde Club

  • Sat
    07
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Weston-super-Mare, UK
    Playhouse Theatre

  • Sun
    08
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Horsham, UK
    The Capitol Theatre

  • Tue
    10
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    New Brighton, UK
    Floral Pavilion

  • Wed
    11
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Birmingham, UK
    Jam House

  • Thu
    12
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Wavendon, UK
    Stables

  • Fri
    13
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Basildon, UK
    Towngate Theatre

  • Sat
    14
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    Camberley, UK
    Camberley Theatre

  • Sun
    15
    Feb
    2015

    with Curtis Stigers

    DUBLIN, IRELAND
    National Concert Hall

Music News
December 20, 2014

Jazzwise Magazine Review of Show with Curtis Stigers at Ronnie Scott’s

Curtis at Ronnie ScottsOur shows with Curtis Stigers got a lovely review in Jazzwise Magazine from writer, Gemma Boyd, this week. Check it out…

At the pulsating core of Ronnie Scott’s stood a slick Curtis Stigers, intoning his moving tribute to American jazz pianist, Gene Harris, entitled ‘Swingin’ Down at Tenth & Main’: the packed crowd behind rows of beacon-like red lamps were his wings, tipped with the photographed presence of others of jazz’s glitterati who have graced this stage…

Read full review on the Jazzwise Magazine Website.

Music News
September 21, 2014

Tour of the Midwest with TRI-FI

I’ll be heading to the Midwest with my trio, TRI-FI, at the end of September. We’ll be making stops in Chicago, Kalamazoo, South Bend, Detroit & Cleveland. Hope to see you there!

Music News
April 13, 2014

4-Star Review from Downbeat Magazine

DownbeatJohn Ephland at Downbeat gave TRI-FI’s new album Staring into the Sun a very nice 4-star review in the April 2014 issue!

“Tri-Fi’s newest collection of originals is the best example yet of their intimate group interplay… Call it a relaxed yet fervent approach to express joy, wonder, surprise. The kind of qualities jazz lovers look for anytime they’re hungry for connection”

Read the full review on the TRI-FI Website.

Music News
January 4, 2014

TRI-FI: Staring into the Sun

Staring into the SunLook for new music from my trio very soon. The newest TRI-FI recording will be released worldwide on February 25th, 2014. It’s an album of all-original music and it marks our 10th anniversary playing, composing and recording as TRI-FI. I’m really excited about this one and hope you’ll give it a listen!

Open Water

Hop on over to the TRI-FI website for more information.

Music News
November 22, 2013

TRI-FI 10th Anniversary CD Project

TRI-FIWe’ve been hard at work with TRI-FI working on a brand new album of all original music. We recorded back in May and are currently running a Kickstarter drive to raise the funds to finish the project and release it by early 2014 – that will be the 10th anniversary of our first gigs and recordings as a trio.

Check out the project on Kickstarter: 10 Year Anniversary CD by TRI-FI: Staring into the Sun

Music News
October 27, 2013

Fun Times at Shanghai Jazz

Matthew Fries, Gregory Ryan, Steve Wilson & David NiuYou know, sometimes you play one of those gigs that is just really fun. That seems to happen pretty much every time I play with Steve Wilson.

On Saturday I played trio at the cozy Shanghai Jazz with Steve and bassist, Gregory Ryan (who I work with A LOT at my regular Hillstone spot in NYC). My face still hurts from smiling my way through the whole gig. Here we are posing with owner David Niu after a night of music.

My glowing devil eyes courtesy of low-light iPhone photo quality – sorry…

Music News
August 6, 2013

Mulgrew Miller Birthday Celebration

Mulgrew MillerTuesday, August 13, 2013 – 7:00pm & 9:30pm

I’ve been invited to be a part of a celebration of Mulgrew Miller’s music at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – part of Jazz at Lincoln Center here in NYC. It’s being held on what would have been Mulgrew’s 58th birthday and will feature some pretty great musicians.

Pianists: Kenny Barron, Johnny O’Neal, Cedar Walton, Anthony Wonsey, Sullivan Fortner, Chris Pattishall, and Matthew Fries

Band: Steve Wilson, saxophone; Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Steve Nelson, vibraphone; Richie Goods, bass; and Rodney Green, drums

Mulgrew’s sudden passing due to a stroke he suffered back in May is heartbreaking to say the least. He was a beautiful gentle-giant of a man and a unparalleled voice on his instrument. JALC expressed the motivation behind this concert very beautifully on their website:

…we believe that “because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism,” and saddened as we are by the loss of Mulgrew Miller, we intend to honor him as he lived – in the joyful spirit of jazz, with great positivity, companionship, and musicality.

I’m so flattered to be a part of this celebration of my friend and mentor. Make a joyful noise.

Music News
July 21, 2013

Coming Up…

Here’s a quick look ahead at what’s coming up on my schedule.

Music News
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