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Nine For Nine: Maiden Voyage 

My latest project Nine For Nine has officially begun! I’m so excited to share all of this new music with you. To be brief, Nine For Nine is a project where I will be releasing a new track every 2nd Monday of the month from now until the end of the year. So by the end of 2017 there will be 9 tracks released in the last 9 months of the year, hence the name Nine for Nine. Today I officially launch the project with a solo piano performance of the jazz standard “Maiden Voyage”. Below I shared some of my thoughts about why I chose this tune and what it means to me.

Herbie Hancock’s influence on me has been tremendous. As a musician from Chicago he has constantly been a source of inspiration and motivation. The first album I ever heard from Hancock was The Best of Herbie Hancock: The Blue Note Years. Immediately songs like “Watermelon Man” and “Maiden Voyage” became the benchmark for what I was aiming to be. After that I purchased An Evening of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, that album was so good I almost quit playing the piano altogether. I remember thinking “They’ve done everything there is to do on the piano, I can never achieve that virtuosity so why keep playing?”

I kept playing. And the more I listened to Hancock the deeper my appreciation for him grew. Whether he was doing straight ahead jazz on albums such as Empyrean Isle, pushing the definition of jazz on Bitches Brew, or playing a pop record with Christian Aguilera. Hancock always made an impact and added his voice to a project. Now I’m channeling Hancock to add my voice and make an impact on this project.
So without further to do, here is my Maiden Voyage (horrible pun intended) the very first tune of the Nine For Nine project, “Maiden Voyage”. Thank you for taking the time to listen to this, and I hope you find as much inspiration from Herbie Hancock as I have.

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Nine For Nine Project Explained

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My first big project of 2017 and my first project post undergrad is titled “Nine for Nine” and officially launches on April 10th 2017. I’m so excited! I’ve been working so hard this year to make sure I have everything in place for this project to be a success. What is “Nine for Nine” you ask? Well, “Nine for Nine” is a project where I will be releasing a new track on my Soundcloud (and YouTube) every 2nd Monday of the month for the rest of the year. By the end of 2017 I should have Nine tracks released in the last Nine months hence the name “Nine for Nine”.

Though I am primarily a Jazz musician this will not be a straight ahead jazz project. There will be a variety of different styles of music, Rock, Hip hop, and maybe even a Pop record or two. The goal is for each month to be a unique and different style of music then the month before. It’s like I put all my favorite music on shuffle and once a month I share what comes up. This project will not be a traditional album. It will probably sound odd if you listen to it from beginning to end. This will be is a fun and exciting project, a way for me to connect with all of you and push myself musically. I’m so nervous and so excited about what the next Nine Months will have in store for us all.

On this website I will be uploading my Soundcloud links and writing a brief description as to why I choose this tune, what it means to me, and maybe a funny story or two about the recording process. The best way to join me on this journey is by checking out my website and signing up for my newsletter. Any questions, comments, or concerns please leave a comment below and I’ll talk to you all April 10th at the latest!