Saturday, December 2, 2017

Photos from Narwhal concert Nov 28, 2017

Narwhal is a mixed vocal/instrumental ensemble that I direct at Capilano University.

The group focuses on student compositions and arrangements as well as collaborations with composers and players from a wide variety of musical styles and genre.

Recent Cap Jazz grads, Sara Kim (voice) and Mili Hong (drums) were special guests this semester as we explored a large ensemble version of Sara's Watermill Project: fusions between Korean folk music, jazz, and rock.

More photos of the concert can be viewed here:

photo by Vincent Lim

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New CD plus release concert: Brad Muirhead 4tet and more

I've been working regularly with trombonist and composer, Brad Muirhead, since 1992. He is quite an amazing musician and organizer with his own unique way of thinking about and playing music. Playing with him and trying to achieve his vision for his work has taught me a great deal about myself and about music in general.

Brad is releasing his new CD "Old/In/Out/New" at pat's Pub this saturday.  as on the record, there will be the regular quartet with Bernie Arai (drums), Brent Gubbels (bass) and me (guitar) plus Jennifer Scott (voice), Raphael Geronimo (percussion), Brad Turner (piano/trumpet) and a host of trombones including Luis Melgar, Ellen Marple, Greg Farrugia, and Brian Harding.
Don't miss it!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

New CD from Len Aruliah

I'm excited to be part of No Complications, a new CD recording by my dear friend, Len Aruliah.  Len and I have been working together since 1990 and it is always a joy and a challenge to play his beautiful and intricate compositions.  I play guitar and accordion on the album and also mixed and mastered it.

It sounds great, so please go to CD Baby to buy a download or physical CD !

Friday, June 30, 2017

I'm very pleased to be among the authors in this new book, The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. My co-author, Clyde Reed, is a tremendous improvising bass player and emeritus professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University. I learned a lot by writing the chapter with him. I've just been getting around to reading and enjoying some of the other chapters in the book. Many thanks to editors, George Lewis and Ben Piekut for their incredible work on seeing this project through to completion.  It is a pretty expensive book, so perhaps you may ask your local library to get a copy.
Note the new page links above. I'm gradually moving my website over to blogger to make it easier to control and update. You can still access my website at

Friday, June 16, 2017

Gigs in June and July

I hear blogs are old fashioned these days.  My kids tell me I should have an instagram account.  Not likely.  That is just as well as I will now feel less guilty for failing to post anything for months on end...I have been extremely busy playing and teaching as always and working on a very special studio project with brilliant young composer and reed player, Ridley Bishop. More on that soon.

Here are some upcoming gigs in June and July

  • June 15 and 16 with Thunder Lizard at Frankie's jazz club.  Happy hour gig 4:15-6:15
  • June 17 with Len Aruliah Quintet at Pat's Pub.  3-7pm
  • July 1 with Jared Burrows Sextet at Vancouver Jazz Festival 12:30-2:30.  Railspur Alley stage.
  • July 1 with Offering of Curtis Andrews at Vancouver Jazz Festival 2:30-4:30.  Ron Basford park stage.
  • July 4-8 at South Delta Jazz Festival.  Daily performances at noon with SDJF workshop faculty and evening show on July 7. Ladner, BC.
    Len Aruliah Quintet