Tapas de Monk 

I hope we are learning many things about ourselves and our loved ones during this unique time in the world.  I hope most of it is positive and that we are reflecting on what is important to us. 

I decided to put together some short videos entitled “Tapas de Monk.”  Thelonious Monk is one of my favorite jazz musicians so I finally had the guts to record these.  They are short pieces of some of my favorite Monk tunes.  I think it is a right of passage for many jazz musicians to learn these tunes and break them down as they give an insight into what jazz is.  Monk played with rhythm, harmony and form constantly throughout his music.  His unique voice is weaved within his compositions and improvisations. 

Please check out my Instagram as I plan on releasing these arrangements weekly.  This gives me the chance to connect and hopefully brighten your day. 


Life in the time of Coronavirus 

Life has changed recently for all of us.  It is my hope we can use this time to reflect and better ourselves by this experience.  I have decided to use this time for a positive time of reflection and get things done around the house.  Remember that shelf you have been meaning to put up or paint that wall?  Well “now is the time” as Charlie Parker played. :) 

Spain has been in lockdown for almost a week.  The streets usually filed with smiles, cafes and chattering have disappeared.  It is quite a change of  the city I know.  I am not sure how long sanity can sustain but I belief we will all be alright.  I have kind of felt like the last two years I have put myself into self-isolation as I have purposely stayed away from social media so it is not much of a change for me.  I exercise, work on some music and hang out with my family as daily virtues. 

I will miss the jazz sessions at night and hanging with friends.  I hope in the next few weeks we will be able to socialize as I think that is an important part of living a healthy life.  I have a terrace outside and would like to do a live show with fellow musicians to help everyone feel good again. 

Please be good to your immune system.  Eat healthy, exercise, take care of yourself and others.