It has been a wild year. Matt and I gave up our little apartment on Capital Hill, and decided to devote our year to traveling and creative vagabonding. Here’s some highlights:
Jan/Feb- We went to North Carolina, played with friends, made new friends, and did our own shows in churches, bars, and superfan’s houses.
March- Came back to DC for my successful second annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival.
May- My quintet “Striking” performed at the Kennedy Center for the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
June- We went to Michigan for the summer to hang out with Dievendorfs and have an inexpensive place to shed and write music. We played with so many great Ann Arbor friends like Ingrid Racine, Dan Bennett, Ross Huff, and Jesse Kramer.
August- We debuted our duo music at An Die Musik in Baltimore.
September- We recorded our first duo album! Will be out in early 2013.
November- We went on tour in Michigan/Chicago and performed for the 25th anniversary of the University of Michigan Jazz department.
December- I finished up the year with BCJO christmas concerts and a super sexy South American songfest with John Kocur.
The world did not end, leaving time for all my unfinished projects.
Ten things I am grateful for this year:
- A nice air mattress
- Having multiple Dievendorfs to cook for me
- Cheap sublets
- A dry storage unit
- Jumper cables
- Spare bedrooms and floor space
- Good beer and great ideas
- Friends who will hoot after each song
- Fellowship on the bandstand
Above all, I am grateful for all of the support from family and friends that allows me to create music everyday. Thank you.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2013!
My arrangement of “I’ll be home for Christmas” with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.