Sometimes, I make music.
I wrote this song while in Imani Uzuri's ensemble at Banff in the summer of 2017.
"Down Here Below" is one of the many songs written by the great Abbey Lincoln. It was released on her 1995 album A Turtle's Dream, and later on Abbey Sings Abbey in 2007. When I ran the Harvard University Graduate Student (Dudley) Big Band, I curated a program of songs by women singer-composers in jazz, and sand in it, too. Dudley House, May 2016.
This piece from the 1992 album Natural Affinities led by the inimitable singer-composer-improviser Jeanne Lee, is another from the Dudley concert. Mega-collage piece, lyrics by Lee and Lao Tzu. Feat. the amazing Joshuah Campbell! Dudley House, May 2016.
Duet of the Jimmy Van Heusen's "Like Someone In Love," (also inspired a little bit by Björk's harp version on 1993 Debut.) Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA, Nov 2011.
Extra soft spot for this John Coltrane ballad, I think, because of the nod to one of the women in his life, and the double-meaning of Naima in Hebrew , ("gentle" and "melody"). Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA, Nov 2011.