I am now finished with my touring schedule for 2012 and the requirements of taking on a wide variety of projects over the past year turned out to be a little bigger than I expected. Last year, I toured a fair amount with Chick Corea and we released our latest CD, Hot House, released on Sept 4, 2012 (released a few months earlier in Europe). Hot House has been nominated in three Grammy categories (best jazz ensemble, best improvised solo, and best arrangement), and on February 10, the final results will be announced. We’ll see what happens!
I toured with Chick for 21 European concerts in the spring as we marked the European release of the new Hot House CD (a few sample tracks are here on the site under discography). And we managed to have a full house for every concert on the tour! Next we toured the USA over the second half of the year, performing with the Harlem String Quartet, a collaboration we premiered at the Blue Note in New York. Current projects include a jazz cruise in January, a Europe tour with the quartet in May, a Japan tour with pianist Makoto Ozone in June, a USA tour with the quartet in September/October, and guest appearances on a few records with various musician friends. My newest CD, Guided Tour, with the Gary Burton Quartet, is scheduled for release in Europe in May and in the USA in September, to coincide with our touring schedule.
Watch for “Learning to Listen,” my autobiography, scheduled for publication in September, 2013. I wrote every word of it, and I am wondering what you all will think about it.
As always, I appreciate your interest in my music and the support I receive from audiences wherever I go.
Ft Lauderdale, FL