The Party Suite The Party Suite to me is an expression of all the joy and vitality in jazz music. Through this
work, I’ve tried to express my love for this great American tradition by writing original music
that showcases the ample abilities of all the performers.
"The Party Suite", is a sort of homecoming for me. Sitting down to write this music felt like an
enormous exhalation of creative tension that had been building for several years. I felt relaxed,
joyous, and thankful to be paying hommage to the tradition I love so much. As a result, the
music was written quickly and confidently, and I feel great every time I play it!
The music pays homage to the edgy groove of Sidney Bechet’s New Orleans sound, with the
melodic inventiveness of Thelonious Monk, and the gritty, bluesy sophistication of Charles
Mingus. With two saxophones stating idiosyncratic melodies that engage the ear, “The Party
Suite” is, “an utterance for these days.” (Jazz Review, 2006) Celebrating the a recent move to
Brooklyn, I recently gave the NY premier of “The Party Suite” at Rose Live Music in
Williamsburg. The Party Suite has been featured on Eric Jackson’s “Eric in the Evening”, as
well as in Bill Buettler’s Boston Globe “Jazz Picks”. I also recently had the opportunity to take
the Party to South America, giving master classes and performances at the international jazz
festival in Lima, Peru (see pics on the press page!).
I would like to write songs that speak to people through the simple fact that I have nothing to
hide. I do not wish to hide behind style, technical virtuosity, or any clever conceptual idea I have
learned or created. My goal is to continue to absorb the music that interests while maintaining an
uncompromising focus on what it is I am trying to express. This way, I believe that my own
creative expression will be rich in content, free of superfluous material, and will be the clearest
communication to all who listen.