Jack Kilby and the Front Line
A band that I’ve had the honor of playing in since 2016, led by my dear friend, drummer, composer, arranger, and recording engineer, Jack Kilby.
“Jack Kilby and The Front Line’s new recording entitled “Love is a Song Anyone Can Sing” is a tour de force featuring a group of emerging young musicians who are genuine talents deserving much wider recognition and a timely message delivered by a gifted and capable messenger.
Mr. Kilby is a true keeper of the flame previously lit by jazz masters such as Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones and Miles Davis. His brilliance on the drums in conjunction with his formidable skills as an arranger/producer/bandleader have resulted in a wonderful recording that marries creative and soulful emotion with technical excellence. This is a wonderful recording that is as uplifting as it is enjoyable and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants to feel good all day.”
– Dennis Mackrel, Drummer, Arranger, and Conductor; Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band
“The music on the release is energetic and invigorating…There is an old-school crispness to each part of the instrumentation. While the music doesn’t “sound” like rock ‘n’ roll, it does sometimes have the bite or verve of rock music. It sounds like a celebration of the human spirit, which never goes out of style. This is a must-have album for all jazz fans.”
– Dodie Miller-Gould, Lemonwire
Joshua Espinoza Trio
I started playing with Josh while I was living in DC. We immediately connected musically and personally and have been making music together since then. I’m the humble low-end energy in his brilliant piano trio, alongside drummer Jaron Lamar Davis.
Possessing a wide color palette, the Joshua Espinoza Trio explores shimmering harmonies and shifting orchestral contours with the aesthetic of a chamber ensemble as much as a jazz trio. Influenced by artists as disparate as Herbie Hancock, bassist Avishai Cohen, Gerald Clayton, and composer Maurice Ravel, the Joshua Espinoza Trio takes listeners on a journey for the ears and mind alike. Through their genre-bending approach to songwriting, they've built a cross-generational audience of diverse backgrounds bound together by their love of good music.
John D'earth / Robert Jospé Group
I can definitively say that I would not be professional musician if it were not for John D’earth. Along with my parents, he has had an immeasurable impact on almost every aspect of my life. He forever changed my understanding of myself and my relationship with music. Needless to say, I’m honored to be involved in this project of John’s and another mentor, drummer Robert Jospe. Studio recording coming soon, featuring trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet configurations.
Tomer Cohen Trio
I love Tomer’s writing and playing in his trio, alongside drummer Gert-Jan Dreessen. More music coming soon!