Happy New Year

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to wish all a peaceful and fun end to 2013.  Like all, I have great hopes for 2014 to be even better.  Here are a few pieces of music news that I am looking forward to:

– The trio and I are making progress with our debut record.  We are about to go into mixing mode and have a nice batch of tunes ready to go.  We are looking at Summer 2014 for the official release.

– Kevin Batchelor and I are already busy for the start of 2014.  Our Jamaican Rhythm & Blues project (Kevin & Jonny) will open the year at Espresso 77 on January 2nd. Shortly after that, our ska project, Grand Concourse, will be playing at Tammany Hall with a group of soca, rock and ska bands for our good friend Walker Hornung’s birthday show.  This takes place on January 10th.  Check my calendar page for details.

While we look forward to new things in 2014, I’d like to mention a few things that will be missed after 2013:

– Two Boots of Brooklyn – we were happy to play the last show here, but we’ll miss the venue tremendously

– RIP – Cedric IM Brooks, Lou Reed, Yusef Lateef, Nelson Mandela, JJ Cale, Richie Havens, George Jones, Ray Price, Ray Manzarek, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, Donald Byrd

looking forward to a great year and I wish all the best to everyone.

Jonny

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