Friends,

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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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:

http://wnpr.org/post/spirit-music

Previous events

Feb5

Klezmer night at the Rough Draft with the Nu Haven Kapelye

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Klezmer night returns to the Rough Draft in Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye take the stage for a night of Yiddish song and Klezmer freylekhs and more. Come dance, sing and be a part of the festivities as the areas largest and most raucous Klez group makes some noise!!

Bassology @ Mickey's Restaurant

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Mickey's Restaurant , 2323 Whitney Ave., Hamdan

Bassology comes to Hamden for a night of smoky blues and swinging standards at Mickey's. Joining me for the evening will be Danielle Valentin on vocals and Chris Casey on keys. Musicians and singers are invited to sit in during the second set.

Jan8

Klezmer night at the Rough Draft with the Nu Haven Kapelye

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Klezmer night returns to the Rough Draft in Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye take the stage for a night of Yiddish song and Klezmer freylekhs and more. Come dance, sing and be a part of the festivities as the areas largest and most raucous Klez group makes some noise!!

Jan6

Bassology @ the Elm City Market Jazz Brunch

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Elm City Market , 777 Chapel Street, New Haven

Please join me and my fellow musicians for some swinging standards and smoky blues at Elm City Market's jazz brunch featuring: Danielle Valentin vocals Jocelyn Pleasant drums Mike Carabello keyboards

Jan4

Bassology @ Solun Tapas in Woodbridge

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Solun Restaurant, 245 Amity Road, Woodbridge

Please join me and my fellow musicians for some swinging standards and smoky blues at Solun Tapas in Woodbridge featuring: Danielle Valentin vocals; Jocelyn Pleasant drums; and Mike Carabello keyboards

Dec13

The Afro-Semitic Experience in concert

The Cultural Center at the Opera House, 121 N. Union Avenue, Havre de Grace

Please join us for a concert at the historic Opera House in Havre de Grace. We are looking forward to sharing a retrospective of over 20 years of friendship and music in this incredible space. For tickets and more info please visit: https://hdgoperahouse.org/event/the-afro-semitic-experience/

Dec9

Bassology @ the Elm City Market Jazz Brunch

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Elm City Market , 777 Chapel Street, New Haven

Please join me and my fellow musicians for some swinging standards and smoky blues at Elm City Market's jazz brunch featuring: Danielle Valentin vocals Jocelyn Pleasant drums Mike Carabello keyboards

Dec4

Nu Haven Kapelye Hanukkah Extravaganza at the Rough Draft

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

My annual Hanukkah extravaganza with the Nu Haven Kapelye. Come spin the dreidel. Latkes. Hanukkah songs and Yiddish melodies. What could be better?

Bassology debut at Mickey's

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Mickey's Restaurant , 2323 Whitney Ave., Hamdan

Bassology makes its debut at MICKEY'S Restaurant in Hamden, Connecticut. Great food and atmosphere. We provide the sounds of blues and swing. Our last set will be an open jam. Fellow musicians are welcome to sit in and jam.

Oct21

Bassology at the Elm City Jazz Brunch

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Elm City Market , 777 Chapel Street, New Haven

On Sunday, October 21, a swinging configuration of Bassology will be playing for the jazz brunch at the Elm City Market, 777 Chapel Street at the corner of State Street. Music begins at 10:30 am and runs till 1:30 pm. Joining in the conflagration that is this configuration will be Jocelyn Pleasant on drums Danielle Valentin on vocals and a mysterious fourthe person to be named soon!! Tune back for the answer to this question! As always, I invite local musicians and singers to come by and sit in with us for a tune or two. I find it’s a great way to say hello.

Oct14

Afro-Semitic Experience Unity in the Community Concert

Shelter Rock Jewish Center, 272 Shelter Rock Road, Roslyn

It’s been a while since the Afro-Semitic Experience has been anywhere on the East Coast, but that is about to change on Sunday October 14. We’ve been asked to give a Unity in the Community Concert and it seem like now is a very good time for a unity concert. We are inviting people of all backgrounds and communities to come together for music, dance and all that happens when we share our cultures and find our commonalities. The event is going to be at Shelter Rock Jewish Center, 272 Shelter Rock Road, Roslyn, NY, Time? It’s a 4:30 concert. The congregation has very high hopes for this event. If you are looking for more information please visit their website.

Oct5

Bassology at Smokin' with Chris

Smokin' with Chris, 59 West Center Street, Southington

This Friday, October 5, I will be playing a swinging aggregation of Bassology at Smokin’ with Chris, 59 West Center Street in Southington, and the hottest BBQ shack in CT. I’ll be accompanying and be accompanied by Chris Casey on the piano, Jocelyn Pleasant on the drums, and Danielle Valentin on the vocals. Music begins at 8:00, please make your reservations and join us on Friday. Last set will be open for friends to come by and sit in. You never know who will show up and join us!!