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Official street date February 20, 2016

Friends — an update on JAZZ NOIR:

We’ve had three terrific recording sessions at studios in Seattle (with saxophonist Jay Thomas, pianist Nick Manson, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Todd Strait) and Oakland (with saxophonist Charles McNeal, pianist Matt Clark, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Akira Tana).

Most of the tracks are now in the can, and the results are beyond our highest expectations. 

The fourth and final session (with pianist Bill Anschell) is scheduled for later this month, after which we’ll begin mixing, mastering, design and manufacturing.

In consultation with our distributor, JAZZ NOIR is now scheduled for international release February 20, 2016 on the Papillon/BluePort jazz label.

Watch our teaser trailer and pre-order your copy of JAZZ NOIR here.

We can't wait to share it with you!

Thanks for your support.

Warm regards,



Practice Art Farmer improv method religiously.

Q1—I've been inconsistent in my practice. Will recommit.

Q2 — Doing a little better with this. Teaching helps.

Finish writing Jazz Noir material for 2016 recording.

Q1—Wrote 3 new charts. 2 are keepers. More to come.

Q2 — Now have more than enough material and ready to record.

Create and learn fresh DMG sets: 11 tunes, 2 original.


Q2 — Focused on next season’s material now.

Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what

Q1—So far, so good!

Q2 — Ditto.

Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end.

Q1— Down 16 pounds since Jan 1.

Q2 — Cut 36 pounds since Jan 1.

Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100.

Q1—Way behind; only 23 booked so far. Redoubling my efforts.

Q2 — Some progress; 39 booked. Still at it.

Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows.

Q1—Results are mixed: so far I'm working more but making less. 
Net income YTD is 43% greater than in Q1 2014, but 40% short of goal,
and per gig average is only 88% of 2014 levels.

Q2 — Still working more, making less...

Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%.

Q1—Not looking good (see above). Imperative that we book considerably more workshops this fall.

Q2 — Ditto.

Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people.

Q1—They don't make it easy but I'm mostly grateful and happy.

Q2 — Life is good.

When the time is right, get a dog!

Q1—Not yet...

Q2 — Soon!