Old Friends Coming To Nashville

One of my favorite aspects of being a musician is that the job has allowed me to travel around the country.  Experiencing the local customs of new places is exciting and often quite comical.  Besides trying local exotic foods (fried cheese curds dipped in blue cheese – thank you Green Bay) and learning about local stereotypes (ask a UPer what a ‘FIB’ is), I also met a lot of new people.  When Buddha’s Belly was traveling almost every weekend, we were very fortunate to make acquaintances with many music lovers as well as many other music makers.  While many people are quick to make friends over dark lighting and many beers, few of those encounters last beyond the sobering breakfast that follows. 


That being said, there is a band that I have never forgotten about because they are terrific players and wonderful people.  Based in central Illinois, the guys of The Station are old friends who I just discovered are playing Nashville for the first time this Saturday night.  So this note is to encourage you to come out and support them.  I’ve posted the show details below along with links to the band so you can hear how good they are.  There might even be a surprise guest at the show…


The Station – the official AFTER PARTY for Umphrey’s McGee

Saturday, November 15th

11 pm @ 12th and Porter





- evan

A Highlight Recording From Last Week

I thought you might enjoy hearing a recording from my gig at the Nashville Jazz Workshop last week.  The septet played the music of Thelonious Monk, and I got to share the lead honors with Denis Solee on Monk’s gorgeous ballad “Ruby My Dear.”  Denis and I split up the melody and solos, so he starts off the tune, and I take the tune from the bridge each time. 


Ruby My Dear

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Please let me know if you enjoy the recording.  If you do I’ll consider posting more recent recordings.



Details on Upcoming Gigs

Here’s the scoop on my upcoming performances in Nashville.   This Saturday night, I will be playing with the rhythm and blues band the Dynagroove Allstars at the French Quarter Cafe.  Dynagroove is a 9-piece band with catchy tunes and some funny song subjects.  I believe this show is free and it starts at 8pm. 
This coming Tuesday night, I will be performing at the Nashville Jazz Workshop with a jazz septet playing the music of Thelonious Monk.  The septet recently lost a member and filling in will be none other than Dennis Solee, the master of all things Nashville Saxophone.  Come watch us battle it out over tunes like Well You Needn’t, Evidence, and Ruby My Dear.  This show is free and also starts at 8pm in the NJW ‘Cave.’