07/05/12Please check out my Press Page
DL Media has helped get some great press for Journeyman. Highlights include the NY Daily News, JazzTimes, The Jazz Session, SomethingElse Reviews, and Hot House Magazine. Links can be found in the press section. Thanks for stopping by!
04/02/12Journeyman Press Release
My second album “Journeyman" will be released on Posi-Tone Records on May 15th. This recording tells the story of my last six years living in New York City. In my opinion, it’s as much about my growth and development as a human being as it is about my musical journey as a freelance musician. The ten-track album features my original compositions as well as covers from Pearl Jam, Oasis, and “The Muppets Take Manhattan". Here is a link to a recent press release, which shares more insight and also includes two FREE streaming tracks.
04/01/10My Debut Album
I'm so excited to let you all know that my debut album is finally available. This was about four years in the making, and I'm pleased with how things turned out. If you would like to purchase a copy, please email me. :) I'll be posting reviews soon.
07/29/09Smalls Jazz Club Live!
Here are two live performances of my band performing at NYC's well known jazz spot, Smalls Jazz Club. With four sets of music and musicians like Matt Wilson, Dave Kikoski, Billy Drummond, and Hans Glawishnig on the gig, sparks were flying!
05/10/09An amazing year!
Hi Everyone. After three years of having this website, I'm finally writing my first detailed post. 2009 has been an incredible year for me personally and artistically. From February 28th through May 9th, I had the opportunity to make great music with bands I only dreamed of playing as a teenager.
Feb. 28th kicked things off with an opportunity to sub in the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. Playing to a sold out, standing room only crowd at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival was an exhilarating experience, and worth all the hours in the practice room. It was so much to play music as beautiful and poetic as Maria's. Two days later, I found myself playing with another one of my favorite groups in NYC, the Mingus Big Band. I've been in the rotation for two and a half years, and it's always a blast to play Mingus's music with players like Jeff "Tain" Watts, Dave Kikoski, Lew Soloff, Ronnie Cuber, Frank Lacy etc.
On March 3rd while rehearsing for an upcoming performance at the Kitano, I received a call to audition for Chuck Mangione. Back in February the world lost two great jazz artists (Gerry Niewood, and Coleman Mellett) due to a tragic plane crash while heading to Buffalo, NY. With upcoming tour dates on the horizon, it was decided to have an audition to fill in the sax/flute chair. With less than 24 hours notice, I was one of the few hand-selected players invited to audition for Chuck. It was an honor just to meet him and a little surreal to be playing "Feels So Good" right beside him. Within hours after my audition, I was given word that Chuck chose me and the first tour was only a week away! Besides being excited that I was going to be a sideman to a legendary artist, my life went into “Code Red" as I frantically learned Chuck’s songbook and got all of the flutes (C, alto, and piccolo) performance ready. In the meantime, I still had other professional obligations to meet before I even played my first notes with Chuck on stage.
After a high-energy performance with my quintet at Smalls Jazz Club (Dave Kikoski, Hans Glawishnig, Matt Wilson, Christian Tamburr) I had about 3 days to really dig into Chuck’s music and prepare for my tour. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard for something in my life, but after playing the first song with Chuck’s band, I felt very relaxed and comfortable. The response from the audience was reassuring as they treated me like I was a veteran of the group. Since then, I’ve been touring with Chuck on a regular basis, traveling to Canada, Arizona, Florida, Buffalo, and most recently, Las Vegas. I know joining the band was a difficult transition for Chuck and the rest of the band as they just lost two close friends, but I’m doing my best to honor Gerry Niewood by giving it my all every night. I’m just so grateful for this opportunity and for the respect and kindness thats been given to me in the process.
With upcoming shows with the Mingus Big Band, Chuck Mangione, and my own quintet, it's going to be a busy summer! Hope to see you around.
02/05/092009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards
I am pleased to announce that my composition "The Search For Truth" has won a 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. There will be an award ceremony in June at the Allen Room, part of Jazz @ Lincoln Center. Thanks to the wonderful playing by Andrew Fisher (Organ) Dave Rosenthal (Guitar) and Carmen Intorre (Drums) you can hear this award winning track on my website! Enjoy.
05/21/07Brandon Wright wins Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Jam!
After becoming a finalist, Gordon Goodwin and Eric Marienthal have selected me as the winning saxophonist of the Big Phat Jam. Thanks to all who voted. I couldn't have become the Week 7 finalist with out your help. My solo will be featured on the next Phat Band CD/DVD due out in early '08. For more details, clink on the link provided. Gordon and Eric had some nice things to say!