I now play with singer Lady Leah at Maison Harlem every Sunday 5-8pm.
341 St. Nicholas Ave. @127th St.
I’m thrilled to play with exceptional saxophonist Danny Walsh and his lovely wife Emiko every Thursday 6pm-9pm at The Sound Bite. The Sound Bite is located on 9th Avenue at 50th Street.
My trio will be playing for AirTrain Jazz Festival on Thursday April 4th, 2019. Music from 5pm to 7pm. Click here for more info.
Here’s something I wrote recently. Demo is done on a Yamaha Motif.
Here’s another pop instrumental I wrote a while back. I played this tune live with John Cooksey, Chip Crawford and Chris Hemingway. John liked this tune a lot. The recording is a demo done with Yamaha Motif.
I made this sticker for promotion. You’d find on my amps, guitar cases or places I visit. If you see one, leave a comment with the location you spotted it.
I’ve tried to compose some pop materials with singers in mind, but without lyrics. My goal is to write good melodies which can be used with different arrangements or use some interesting harmonic movement or both. I usually come up with old school melodic ideas nobody cares about these days. I post 3 examples I wrote fairly recently. 2 of them I tried on stage with Adrienne McCay (organ)and Phillipe Allaert (drums) at Farafina. Please bear in mind all recordings are done with an old Yamaha Motif with no live instruments. They are just sketches. I hope you like them.
- Come As You Are
- Night Sky
The guitar is “T. And Joodee, JP200”, made by Shiro Tsuji in 1980’s. I bought this guitar when I was 23. Way back! I found this one at a music store in Kanda, Tokyo. It looked so good I had to buy it. The guitar was acoustic but came with a detachable DeArmond pickup. I brought this with me when I moved to New York in 1988.
I couldn’t play shit back then and I thought the reason I couldn’t play was because I didn’t have a decent instrument. Talk about ignorance! So I brought the guitar to Steve’s Studio in Colonia, NJ and asked Steve to do something. He installed the Hi-A pickup (Bartolini) attached to the neck, volume and tone controls on the pick guard, and the output jack at the end pin. He also replaced the nut and adjusted the neck and did some fret work. I traded the DeArmond pickup to reduce the repair cost (I still regret). The guitar didn’t improve my playing magically as I expected.
Then the guitar had stayed in its case for a long time.
Around 2012, when I was playing with Scott Fragala and Matt Skeaping, I got the guitar out and start playing again. The condition of the guitar was pretty bad and this time I brought the guitar to Tetsuya Nakamura to fix it. He re-fretted, changed the pick guard, changed the bridge and installed the controls on the body.
I played for a while and it went back to its case again.
Recently I found DR makes strings called Zebra which is a hybrid of bronze and steel strings. I tried them on this guitar and really fell in love with the guitar for the first time (I never liked the guitar except for the beautiful look). The blend of acoustic and electric sound it produces is just amazing. I hope it stays out side the case this time.