Christmas In Harlem!

 New York is a surprisingly friendly city, and never more so than during the holidays. In fact when she's all dressed up for Christmas New York feels like one big glittering X mas tree giving a lift to the spirit…

What Are You Listening To This Season?  

 Being a working musician I used to dread being asked to perform X mas material. Growing up Jewish, I wasn't familiar with the repertoire and always felt like an imposter when I had to perform seasonal songs.  

I simply didn't…

Forever Frank

                                                                                         
You can't be a guy who sings jazz and not contend with Frank. You can try but you can't get around him :)

Sinatra cuts a huge a swath through the American Songbook, bending and shaping the songs to suit…

The Jewel Of Harlem

While writing "New York Stories" I was inspired by a number of the legendary music venues in the Big Apple. Of course top of the list is the Apollo Theatre, perhaps the most enduring and legendary of them all!  Located…

THANK YOU

This is it folks! May 5th we release "New York Stories" worldwide! We couldn't have made this CD without your participation. The audiences told us which songs were strongest, the audience helped fund the project and now if youpre-order the…

MANHATTAN MIX TAPE:

I've always been inspired by cover tunes. But when I was composing the songs that would become "New York Stories" I felt a special kind of inspiration from the city's musical energy all around me. In fact the musical history…

The Making Of Harlem Moon (part 2)

Casting the special guest stars for our little film noir video of the new single "Harlem Moon" was actually a little too easy. We all felt that the couple I am "stalking" in our story had to be so striking…

The Making Of The "Harlem Moon" Video



"The Idea"

Cowriter JP Saxe and I had initially conceived of the song as a ballad but once my trio (Russ Boswell and Daniel Barnes and Michael Shand) began working on the arrangement we developed a more intense voodoo groove,…

"Sunday In New York"



 Waking up to strong coffee, fresh bagels and The New York Times, taking a leisurely walk in the park before an afternoon matinee, having a bite in a cafe before hitting a cabaret or jazz club; for our "…

Jazz as a Living Art Form


So much of the music we hear in the Jazz genre is made by of musicians and artists trying to recreate the music of another era or of an already existing sound. This is understandable in many ways, as audiences…

STAND BY ME: THE MUSIC OF THE BRILL BUILDING

One of the most important musical landmarks in New York City is the Brill Building where in the 50's and 60's a small army of ambitious teenagers competed with each other to write the next million seller for Elvis, The…

Arrival

Welcome to my brand new site. A much better way for me to share my world with you. To start off on this first of my weekly blogs I'm going to list the top 5 things you should experience on…