A Note of hope

A Note of hope

I couldn’t help noticing the convergence of two big reassuring national news stories today: the electoral college vote – as constitutionally required asserting Biden’s official designation as the next president – and the vaccine’s introduction today into...
About the new CD “Dinner Music”

About the new CD “Dinner Music”

Most people who have seen me play in public over these past ten years would probably agree that I do my best to welcome an audience into a convivial space, one that over the course of an evening becomes sacred – which I define as sanctified by the deep listening...
The (de)Evolution of the Recording Business

The (de)Evolution of the Recording Business

In 1985, when I was coming up as a young musician in Boston, I went to a local recording studio with “my” band to make my first record. I was able to sell the music to a jazz label, get a contract for a second record, and even a great review in the New York Times,...
Intention for 2020

Intention for 2020

I imagine you are waist deep in the excellent “decade’s-end” Sunday New York Times – with special sections on what just happened, who died, and what we might be looking forward to. There is even excellent children’s section on the body.  As you know, we are all...
Two Months in China

Two Months in China

I am writing from my little studio apartment on the 20th floor of a 23-story building here in north Shanghai.  This apartment is a welcome refuge from the lively and often chaotic streets below.  I am into my eighth and final week here in China.  Feeling so grateful...
Moving through this national moment

Moving through this national moment

Here we are… ….At the precipice of a tipping point:  two days before an election that could lead to the end of this experiment in democracy, the end of a government with checks and balances.  A system that, however flawed, has so far, moved in the direction of...