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“The Daughters” Premiere This Weekend

My good friend Shaina Taub’s musical The Daughters premieres with 3 performances this weekend. I arranged the music that Shaina wrote and will be playing bass and directing the band. I’m thrilled to be part of this exciting original project, featuring gorgeous goddesses wailing out beautiful original music. It also stars (among others) Funky Butter’s own Kate Ferber.

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I recently returned from a tour of Florida and Alabama with Nicole Hart, who just released her album award-winning album Treasure. The tour culminated with 2 sets at Springing the Blues in Jacksonville, a huge festival that saw 200,000 in attendance over 3 days.

Check us out in Boca Raton, FL, playing a Steve Winwood classic:

Our CD release party is this Saturday, May 9 at Turning Point in Piermont, NY.

Also, this Friday, May 8, I’m playing with Cuban-American rock group Del Exilio at Crash Mansion in NYC.

(More details available at

I’ve been diggin out some old-school videos of Funky Butter live– here are 2 from our final show in Philadelphia:

“J & The Reminder”, a tune Dallin Applebaum and I co-wrote immediately after the band decided to split. What other band premieres a new song at their last show? Look out for a studio version on her next record.

And “Penitentiary Philosophy”, a tune off Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun. This tune was a catalyst and inspiration for much of Funky Butter’s music… it closed our first show and we encored it at our last gig.

Nicole Hart Tour, new Elle Varner video

Ciao ragazzi,

Next week I’m departing w/ the Nicole Hart Band for a tour of Florida (with a well placed stop in Mobile, Alabama), celebrating her new release Treasure on Blues Leaf Records and culminating with the 3-day Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach. If you’re in NYC, come bid us bon voyage at Dinosaur BBQ this Friday 3/20 at 10:30.

Also, check out this acoustic performance with Elle Varner of her song “So Fly”. I’ll be playing with her at Cafe Corio in NYC on April 14, when I return from the good southern weather to the (hopefully) good northern weather.

**ed. note: video later removed from youtube**

I’m also excited to be arranging the music for Shaina Taub’s new musical The Daughters, featuring Funky Butter‘s Kate Ferber and a whole cast of talented women. The show premieres the first week of May… more details on that to come.

If you haven’t heard it yet, Funky Butter’s record Made of You is streaming and available for purchase and download here, and my live world-jazz record Una Passeggiata is up on YouTube.