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The Goings-On

September - October 2018

The Inconstant Sun is now entering its fifth rotation around the sun, so to commemorate this momentous occasion, I've compiled all of the sporadic e-mails from past volumes in one place on my website: That time I graduated from college, Great On Paper's first-ever tour, my 2016 summer on the Beijing jazz scene, studies in Lester Young, etc.

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Since I last wrote, I've been back to Beijing twice for two rounds of concerts with the Blue Note Beijing Jazz Orchestra. To be honest, I was a bit nervous stepping into the leading role (and filling in the shoes of the previous Artistic Director, my good friend Terry Hsieh), but everything ended up going far smoother than I'd anticipated. 

In August, I decided to put together a program celebrating Bird and Pres (of course) since their birthdays happen to fall within two days of each other at the end of the month. If you're curious, I documented the first and second set of the first night (full videos, i.e. exclusive, never-before-seen, for-your-eyes-only-primarily content for you loyal subscribers friends and supporters).

In September, for the occasion of the venue's second anniversary, we had the immense privilege of performing with Ingrid Jensen, whom I introduced as one of the foremost brass players in the world (this is not an exaggeration, in case you haven't checked out her music before). We featured Ingrid on a number of originals by herself, her sister Christine (a formidable saxophonist/composer as well), Darcy James Argue, Carla Bley, and others. (Once again, exclusive content: set one of the first night, plus set two).

Aside from the trips to Beijing, I've made a couple more trips to the studio. The past few months have seen a massive uptick in my visits to recording studios (June: Earprint album; July: Dana Saul's sextet album; August: MUTE album), and I've been grateful for the chance to contribute to these creative projects while selfishly taking advantage of the opportunity to see how my sound continues to change in response to my continually fluctuating saxophone set up (too long to explore here). 

In September, I took part in a sui generis recording led by Jacob Garchik, who composed an album's worth of music for "big band minus rhythm section" (that is, 13 horns in a classic 5-reeds, 4-trombones, 4-trumpets configuration). The ensemble featured an awe-inspiring collection of my fellow 20-something peers and slightly older colleagues, and it was inspiring to see an older musician like Jacob reach out to all of us and think of us for this project (he discusses this seemingly ever less common practice in this Twitter thread).

And last week, I ran up to Boston to partake in a recording/video shoot for my old friend Andrés Enrique-Arias, a linguist and bassist who takes absolutely no prisoners.

In the near future, I'll be performing once again with Mute around Brooklyn, playing a few dates in the Village in November, returning to Beijing to celebrate Duke Ellington later that month, and continuing to work on some new music for quartet (gigs forthcoming).

That's all I've got to share with you for now. Thanks for reading and thanks for listening.


Coming Soon:

Friday, Oct 11
5:30 p.m.

Barbes, 376 9th St., Brooklyn
$10 suggested donation
jam session to follow

Tuesday, Oct 30
10:30 p.m.

Korzo, 667 5th Avenue, Brooklyn

Friday, Nov 2
Kevin Laskey's "Almanac" Workshop Performance
8:00 p.m.
Rose Recital Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, Nov 13
Dan Pappalardo Trio
6:30 p.m. 

Bar Next Door
129 Macdougal St, New York, NY 

Tuesday, Nov 13
David Ullman CD Release
8:00 p.m. 

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia St, New York, NY

Thurs/Fri, Nov 22/23
Blue Note Beijing Jazz Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Celebrating Duke Ellington

Blue Note Beijing
Beijing, China


—Rio Sakairi, AD at The Jazz Gallery, has a blog!

—Social media bumming you out? Maybe you should delete your account.

—James Baldwin's advice on writing (collected)

—My friend Yuhan Su has a new record coming out. Please: buy music, support young artists!

—Felipe Salles, my mentor from high school, has a new large ensemble project. The album is out now.
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