So here's the latest...
- Another busy semester at Dutchess Community College...but I was able to get away for a terrific tour, with Woody Witt, a saxophonist based in Houston. We performed and presented masterclasses in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico, and had a fine time sampling the local cultures and cuisines as well. I'm looking forward to our next collaboration!
- Please visit my "Teaching/Clinics" page to arrange for online piano and improvisation lessons via Skype. There's also info about my recent college and high school masterclasses and clinics, and other activities in the world of Jazz Education.
- Two recent CDs...In December Arbors Jazz Records released "The Chris Flory Quintet featuring Scott Hamilton" which we recorded last May at Nola Studios, here in NYC. Another recent CD is with vocalist Dwayna Litz, featuring arrangements and orchestrations by Tim Ouimette which we recorded in August 2011.
- Three great trips in fall 2011: 4 cities/10 days in Brazil with The John Allred Sextet for the "I Love Jazz" festival. Then a week of gigs and teaching in the North Country of NY State in October, and a week in Texas in November, including a concert at UT San Antonio with Houston Person.
- Please check out these recently released trio clips, featuring Bill Moring-Bass and Graham Hawthorne-Drums.
"Softly As In A Morning Sunrise"
"Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me"
- 2011: Lots of gigs here in NYC. Busy teaching at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY, with classes in Jazz History, Improv and my piano students. Some traveling too...in February I went to Chicago, and to Michigan to record a new duo CD with my friend Victor Trachsel. Also an upstate New York tour in March, a trip to London with Jazz Impact, and two trips to New Orleans in May and June.
- 2010 was a good year for traveling-two trips to London in January, and a three-week US tour in April, with gigs in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Florida. Other trips were to Virginia, California and the Midwest....Germany and Austria in the summer, and back to Germany and to France in December.
- Please click on this link to read a recent review of my CD Carousel, written by Mike Neely at All About Jazz. Carousel is still available on the CDs page.
- 2009 Highlights: Gigs in Houston, New Orleans, Ontario, Michigan, Chicago, and Zurich with JazzImpact. A return to Alaska for teaching and gigs in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and a masterclass/concert at Houston Community College. Trio gigs in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Castine, ME. Also visited Bordeaux, France for a concert and masterclasses.
My solo piano recording on Arbors Records Just Me, Just You is available on the "CDs" page. It features jazz standards, and a few of my own compositions. The liner notes were written by the renowned jazz critic Nat Hentoff.
All About Jazz recently posted a review of Just Me, Just You. Please have a look: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=30153
They've also released a group review of solo piano recordings, including mine, at http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=30290
2008 Highlights: Fairbanks, AK teaching at the University of Alaska. New York State Tour: The LH Trio with Lee Hudson-Bass and Tom Melito-Drums. Gigs in Mainz and Mannheim, Germany, New Orleans, and two trips to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. A week at Marian's Jazz Room in Bern, Switzerland with an 8-piece group led by Warren Vache. Gigs with Catherine Russell and her band in North Carolina and Virginia. An All-Star tribute to Earl May, with myself, Dave Glasser, Eddie Locke, Catherine Russell, Houston Person, Benny Powell, and Lee Hudson. Played the Cape Cod Jazz Festival with Dave Schnitter's Quintet.
More recent recordings:
Businessman's Bounce, Bill Easley's recent CD on 18th & Vine Records, with myself, Hassan Shakur on bass and Michael Carvin on drums. There are also guest appearances by Frank Wess and Warren Vache. The CD was on the Top 10 jazz radio playlists for many weeks in fall-winter of 2007-08.
Almost Modern-The Swing to Bop Project, by Dan Block and quintet. Music and arrangements from the '40s, when jazz was evolving from the swing era into "modern" jazz, or bebop. This was a very enjoyable project-Highly recommended!
Carousel, my 2007 trio release, features Lee Hudson on bass and Tom Melito on drums. Of the twelve tracks, seven are my compositions, including the title track, Carousel. It is available on the "CDs" page.
Sentimental Streak, Catherine Russell's new CD, is a gem. I'm on just three tracks, but it's a really fine recording throughout; with a great selection of tunes and arrangements, and of course the always wonderful Cat!