I have sad news.  My friend Stacy Phillips, a man who was many, many things, including a Grammy award winner, a Bluegrass legend and a founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience, died on Tuesday, June 5 around 9:30 p.m.  He was 74 years old. He experienced a massive heart attack on Sunday and from then on it was just a matter of time.  He was surrounded by his family, his sister and his niece and nephew.  Stacy was his own person and that was reflected in the life he led as a musician.  If this news seems like a surprise or a blow, I agree.  I have spent the past two days in a state of disbelief as the life of someone who was a colleague, a mentor, a friend, and a genuine world class grump slipped away.  I would say more about Stacy, but others have already said it better.  There is a great obituary about Stacy in the New Haven Independent.

On Sunday, June 10, we participated in a musical memorial for Stacy at Café 9 in New Haven.  We were joined by so many other musicians, bands, students, and fans who all paid tribute to him.  There’s a great article about that event in the New Haven Independent

Zichronoh l’vrachah  May his memory be a blessing


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DAVID CHEVAN: the face of the bass

Colin McEnroe Show podcast


This past August Warren Byrd, my long-time music partner and Afro-Semitic Experience co-founder and I participated in the recording of a special live Colin McEnroe show about musicians making spirituality into art. That two-hour event was pared down to a little less than an hour and aired on Colin’s WNPR show.


The show was taped at the Copper Beech Institute Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. Warren and I were joined by three other Connecticut musicians whose art is informed by their spiritual lives, Tina Colon, Arunan Arulampalam, and Noah Baerman.


Interested? The show is now a podcast that you can listen to. Here’s the link:


Freedom Songs: An Inter-faith Fundraiser for the Immigrant Bail Fund

Long Wharf Theater, 222 Sargent Drive , New Haven

The Afro-Semitic Experience is participating in this important inter-faith fundraising event. Freedom Songs: An Inter-Faith Fundraiser for the Immigrant Bail Fund, which will be held from 5 to 7pm (doors open at 4:30) at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven. The program will feature family-friendly inter-faith music from the Afro-Semitic Experience, Music Haven, the Isabella Mendes Bossa Nova Trio, and other great local performers — plus direct testimony from local survivors of immigration detention.

The Immigrant Bail Fund—a project led by the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance, Unidad Latina en Acción, Connecticut Bail Fund, Hartford Deportation Defense, and CT Students 4 A Dream—helps pay bail for Connecticut residents who would otherwise remain in immigration prison just because they cannot afford bail. In addition to securing freedom from imprisonment, this intervention also stops deportations. Whereas 97% of immigrants in detention without legal counsel are deported, 68% of those who are bailed out eventually secure legal relief to stay in the country. Moreover, the Immigrant Bail Fund operates on a revolving basis. Once a case is resolved, the bond money is returned to the fund — to help reunite the next family.

Of course, we’d prefer you come to this event, but if you cannot attend and still want to support this important fundraising initiative, please consider sending a check donation. Check donations should be out to Community Bonds, Inc. with Freedom Songs in the memo line. Mailing address: 347 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT, 06513


Bassology @ the Elm City Market Jazz Brunch

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Elm City Market , 777 Chapel Street, New Haven

Bassology swings in to the Elm City Market jazz brunch for a late morning of swinging standards and the blues. Come have a bite, shop for some food and enjoy the sounds.


Bassology @ Solun in Woodbridge

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Solun Restaurant, 245 Amity Road, Woodbridge

Very excited to be playing at one of my favorite local restaurants with two great artists, Isabella Mendes, vocals and keyboards, and Jocelyn Pleasant on drums. Musicians and vocalists are welcome to sit after the first set.