Happy New Year! As a first order of business, I'll tell you about some upcoming shows. Then I'll ramble for a while, coming around to a rather significant announcement. Sound like a plan? Cool.
1) Wednesday, Jan 17th @ The Royal Room - Piano Starts Here: The Duke and The Count (Presented by KNKX)
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm - 5000 Rainier Ave S - $10 tickets, $12 at the door; $5 for students (at the door, with ID)
I'm honored to be a part of an exceptional lineup of Seattle pianists honoring the pianistic accomplishments of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Both are better known as bandleaders and composers, and yet these two paragons of jazz royalty are among the greatest pianists in our history. Alex Guilbert, Ryan Burns, Dylan Hayes and I each play a short set. Live painting by Orion Misciagna.
2) Saturday, Jan 20th @ North City Bistro - The Low Down & Dirty Blues Revue
8:00 pm to 10:30 pm - 1520 NE 177th St., Shoreline, WA - $15 cover - reservations recommended
Glad to be back at North City Bistro with the ever-soulful Frank Anderson, this time teaming up with John "Pinetree" Paynich. These guys know the blues inside and out. Sit back, sip good wine, eat good food, and experience some musical catharsis.
3) Wednesday, Jan 24th @ The Sunset - Katie Kuffel / Heather Edgley / Queenside Castle
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm - 5433 Ballard Ave NW - $10 tickets
Queenside Castle is David Fleming, Jon Robinson, Jordan Weigert, and me. Our unique vibe blends soul, pop, and jazz into a sweet swirl of sounds that'll make your booty shake of its own volition. We're stoked to be opening up, along with Heather Edgley, for the amazing Katie Kuffel, at one of Seattle's biggest venues for new music.
OK. That's that. Now, as promised, here's my roundabout announcement.
I don't know about you, but in my social circles, the consensus seems to be that 2018 is abuzz with exciting possibilities. I've been speaking with one person after another who has chosen 2018 as the year to put in motion that long-dreamed scheme. Start that project, take that trip, quit that job. Go for it. Live in recognition of the preciousness of each moment.
A close-to-home example: my partner of five years, Erin, just took the leap up to Sitka, Alaska, for two new jobs, including one at KCAW, Sitka's community radio station. They'll be training her to be a morning news host. She's had her eye on radio journalism for a while now, and when the opportunity came along, she didn't hesitate.
I am thrilled for Erin and her exciting new path, though of course I miss her like crazy. But I am not ready to leave Seattle quite yet. There's too much left for me to do here. So I'm in town for now, living at my dad's place in Ravenna.
But I am planning to leave. Inspired by Erin's bold forward motion, I'm embarking on my own dream-scheme. In April, I'll set out from Seattle on my bicycle for an indefinite period of nomadic journeying. I have lots of ideas, plans, and hopes that are wrapped up in this vision, and I'll write again soon to go into more detail, as well as to ask for your help. You are my community, and I will be relying on your knowledge, social connections, and encouragement.
So that's the announcement. It's charged with all kinds of emotions for me, as you can imagine. My stint as a Seattle-based working musician has been more energizing and instructive than I ever imagined it could be. Thank you all for being a part of this era of my life. I am deeply grateful for your support.
Alrighty, bye for now! I'll follow up soon!