Summer Break


Today I’m leaving for an extensive European tour with the Billy Hart quartet with Ben Street featuring Joshua Redman. The full itinerary is at Josh’s site, but this is the quick overview:

Getxo Jazz Festival (Getxo)
Noches del Botanico (Madrid)
Casa da Musica (Porto)
Funchal Jazz Festival (Funchal)
North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam)
Umbria Jazz (Perugia)
Nice Jazz Festival (Nice)
Montalcino Jazz & Wine Festival (Montalcino)
Souillac en Jazz (Souillac)
New Morning (Paris)
Festival Jazz La Spezia (La Spezia)
Langnau Jazz Nights (Langnau)
Dinant Jazz (Dinant)

I’m also playing a solo piano set at Umbria.

If you see me at any of the gigs, say hi!

In the fall, ECM releases Temporary Kings, a duo project with Mark Turner. We will be touring Europe and America. The NYC show is at the Jazz Standard, September 18.

Pepperland with the Mark Morris Dance Group will continue to tour, the next gig is Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA in September. Easy Win with Dance Heginbotham will be in Boston and Philadelphia this coming season.

I am leading special projects at the London Jazz Festival in November and the Umbria Jazz Festival Winter at the end of December.

And: It’s time to unplug, mediate, listen to Billy Hart, and contemplate the mysteries. I am taking a new laptop with me on tour that will lack access to DTM, FB, and Twitter. If all goes well I will keep my social media dark until late August.

Sign up for Floyd Camembert Reports if you must reach me by email. (If you are already a pal, texting is fastest, I am shamelessly planning to let the email pile up a bit.)

As always, sincere thanks for reading. Listen to some hip music!

Yesterday I decided to sift through DTM. Personal favorites:

1. Quick posts

2. Crime Fiction

3. European Classical Music

4. Advice for students

5. Jazz 

6. Interviews

Links to my other stuff outside of DTM:

Writings at the Culture Desk of the New Yorker  (Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Vince Guaraldi, Vicky Chow, Michael Gordon, Carla Bley)

NewMusicBox: A Conversation with Ethan Iverson and The Syncopated Stylings of Charles Wuorinen

“Artist’s Choice” ECM streaming playlist

The best of reasonably recent press: 

Andre Guess: Jazz and Race with Wynton Marsalis and Ethan Iverson

Shaun Brady: A Decade of Do the Math

John Fordham: The Purity of the Turf review – like a time-travelling Monk trio

Joan Anderman: A jazz pianist’s spot at the corner of history and what’s new

Seth Colter Walls:  American Composers Orchestra brings Jazz to Classical, effortlessly

Mark Swed: Mark Morris mines the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ for an irresistible ‘Pepperland’

Anthony Tommasini: A Tiny Garage Explodes in Pianistic Madness

Brian Seibert: Dance Heginbotham Shows Off Its Eccentric Style at the Joyce