“Jazz Vespers” in Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT — The First Religious Society hosts jazz vespers, an informal service featuring readings, musical selections, and time for quiet meditation on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free. The church is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. This month, the church welcomes award-winning poet Alfred Nicol, two-time Grammy-nominated sax player Mark Earley, local jazz phenom Chris Plante and rising talent Josh Schultz on bass.

For more details, follow this link: The Newburyport Daily News.


The Subtle Thread CD

I’ve been talking about this project for so long that it became an embarrassment, but I’m proud to announce that The Subtle Thread, a CD of nine original songs written by classical/flamenco guitarist John Tavano and myself, is finally in production, and will be available in stores and online before Christmas! John and I began writing “La Girafe,” the first song on the album, way back in October, 2010! John writes melody like no one else can; sweet vocalist Ann Harter sings in two languages for us (four of the nine songs are written in French); and I sing with her on a couple of tracks. We gathered some of the finest musicians around to help us record the songs, including Chris Plante, formerly of The Brew, and Albert Lamar, a member of The Mississippi Symphony for 15 years, who has performed in orchestras for Ray Charles, The Chieftains and Doc Severinson. I cannot leave out Alex Sandman, whose bass work is a showpiece in itself. Chris Plante did the mixing; sonic genius Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering did the mastering; and my sister Elise Nicol, an artist of national renown, supplied the cover art. This thing has been a long time coming, but it’s quite a thing! Can you guess that I’m excited?

Please see my Music page for more details (and a sneak peek at the album cover).