As you know, the Lilypad has been a kind of home, where I have played regularly for the last 15 years; on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.   I deeply value the intimacy of playing with my band in a small room full of attentive friends and students — getting to say hello to every one.  The ongoing monthly nature of what we do there encourages me to use my energy to write and learn new tunes so that we are always creating fresh music.  A kind of practice that, I hope, brings us together — in being present and open.  This activity for me, harmonizing opportunity and purpose.

So that when I play music – and ask you to come out to spend an hour with me – I do so knowing full well how uncertain the future of our country and planet is.  I don’t pretend to think that my music can move the needle on big issues – but also don’t think that these large problems are any reason for each of us not to continue to show up and do the work that we believe in.  In my case, making music in a space where people listen deeply – inching towards a world where beauty and spontaneity is valued  – reminding us of the gift of each unique and precious life.

And so I am grateful for you, for your friendship and support, and for your enthusiastic attention which unfailingly opens doorways to the spirit.

I am so thankful for the privilege of playing in this band, with these particular musicians/artists, each bringing their own imagination and focus, intelligence and warmth to the music as it unfolds.

Our band is called “Heart of Hearing”Dor Herskovits – drums
Andrew Schiller – upright bass
Rick DiMuzio – tenor saxophone
me – piano

Hope to see you then, this Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 PM

$15 suggested donation.  $5 with student I.D.

The Lilypad
1353 Cambridge Street   (Inman Square
Cambridge MA

Have you noticed the flowering of jazz music in and around Boston these days.  I want to point out a few shows by these peerless pianists and their bands, cats who blow me away every time I hear them.   The Regattabar, which reopened this fall has Danilo Pérez playing on March 9.  Scullers which made a major upgrade to their sound and sight lines a few years ago when they moved to the ground floor, is presenting Emmet Cohen, up from New York City, playing April 8.  And there is a new club called Long Live Roxbury with an impressive roster of local musicians. I haven’t been there yet, but I will go see Alon Yavnai who is playing there with a quartet on March 28.  All these musicians playing with an infectious rhythm and integrity and joy that you might bring with you as you leave the club.