New CD, May 16, June 9, etc.
The main reason for this update is to let you know that my new "live" trio CD Italian Encounter is now available at http://altrisuoni.com/ You'll see it right on the home page but you can also search for my name. The phenomenal bassist (Furio Di Castri) and drummer (Fabrizio Sferra) on this CD are famous in Europe and have worked with Lovano, Brecker, Chet Baker, Konitz, etc., etc.
My previous CD Second Voyage is still there too, with Dave Liebman, Dan Faulk, Kenny Wessel, Harvie S, and Marcus Baylor. Approximately May 1, both will also be available at iTunes and eMusic! One track from each CD is at Lewisporter.com
OTHER DATES COMING UP: May 12. SAVE THE DATE: Annual End of the Year and Lew's birthday party, at Lew's house. 2-5pm. JAMMING and refreshments (but BYOB or wine, if you wish)! Everyone on this list (and others!) will be invited!
May 16, 7pm, $10. I have assembled a panel to discuss and *demonstrate* Innovations in JAZZ AND FILM (!) at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Wycliffe Gordon, Ran Blake and video artist Andrew Demirjian will perform with me and discuss their works with film.
June-July. (AS OF NOW WE ARE CONSIDERING June 15 for the first class.) For the first time I am offering a SUMMER M.A. JAZZ SEMINAR, six Fridays 10-4pm, with lunch break. There will be a different topic every one or two weeks--I am taking requests for the topics--so far suggestions include Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, 60s avant-garde (including Sun Ra), fusion, Wayne Shorter, and a few other things.
JUNE 9--I will perform as part of Peter Hand's quartet in music of Horace Silver at Silvermine Tavern, Norwalk, CT (Silver's home town), with Harvie S and Steve Johns.
OTHER SUMMER PERFORMANCES are now being booked. Looking even further ahead: I'll give a duo concert with Dave Liebman at the Coltrane conference at University of Tours, in France, Nov. 27, 2007 Then I will travel to Finland to be a keynote speaker at a conference and perform with local musicians.
OTHER CDs, and Podcasts: -Allen Lowe's double CD Jews In Hell is out (see Allanlowe.com soon--website is not up yet). I am featured on a long piano solo (I use Allan's written theme and then improivise in the style of it; then I get more free); it also features (on separate tracks) Matthew Shipp and my friends Mark Ribot and Randy Sandke. among others.
-I am interviewed in the new Coltrane podcast series, and did some advising behind the scenes. It also features interviews with McCoy Tyner, Billy Taylor, Joe Lovano, etc. Subscribe for free: http://traneumentary.blogspot.com/
I was interviewed re Coltrane on Swiss radio (Italian language). You can hear it here: http://www.rtsi.ch/Musica/welcome.cfm (scroll down)