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My night at Dizzy's

Posted on May 16, 2018
The Glenn Zaleski Trio was swingin' last night at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, my favorite jazz club in NYC--part of Lincoln Center Jazz: the views are spectacular, the music always first rate, and the food...a New Orlean's vibe!
Prior to his gig, I asked Glenn about walking bass (left hand when executed on piano).  He said that Dave McKenna was the best at this, most consistent. Dave was a local Boston-based piano player who actually didn't think of himself as a jazz pianist.  Many would and do disagree!  I am sure you can find some of his recordings on spotify, deezer, whatnot.  (Where you can find mine too, you know!)

Glenn Zaleski Trio

Posted on May 8, 2018
My friend, and a sometime piano teacher, is headlining at Dizzy's next Tuesday!  Here are some of his influences for jazz in particular: Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Sullivan Fortner, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Wynton Kelly.  He travels all over the world playing that damn jazz music--and he is only 30!  The hardest working man in jazz. Check out his website:  glennzaleski.com

They tell you to post often...

Posted on February 14, 2018
But it has been almost a year since my last recordings.  Although I haven't recorded any music lately, I have been active with piano lessons and going fairly often to jazz clubs.  In the past year, among many others, I have seen Freddy Cole, René Marie, Evan Christopher, Glenn Zaleski (a piano teacher I had the pleasure to study with), Ahud Asherie, Wycliff Gordon, Vinnie Sperrazza, Mike McGinnis, Jacob Sacks, Elias Bailey (who plays with Freddy and René), James Newman, Dave Ambrosio, Janet Segal and Barry Harris.  Tomorrow I am treating myself (with James Newman, who shares my birthday--1/28) to Birdland to see Catherine Russell!  Jambalaya and a Brooklyn Lager!  New York, I love you!

My new singles...

Posted on March 15, 2017
...are now on my LISTEN page for your enjoyment.  I will eventually get them on iTunes & Spotify.
Very proud!

Two New Recordings!

Posted on March 11, 2017
 
So, this past Thursday, I went into Bennett Paster's fine studio in Kensington (Bklyn) with David Del Tredici and James Newman.  Everyone is very happy with the outcomes!  Bennett just emailed me:
"Thanks, Drew!  I thought everyone involved played your compositions with soul, emotion and spirit. The piano was sounding great, too. Give a listen and let me know what you think. Thanks again."
I need a break from music for another day, but will listen and make them available as singles on CD Bay+ (for downloads) and Spotify+ (for streaming), all with some more cool artwork by my good friend Stan Magnan.


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