Alpine Clarity

Alpine Clarity – Released June 25th, 2014 A New Musical Adventure The Transformation… Everyone who lives or has lived in New York City understands that it is a place for the dreamers, the driven, and the brave. Every aspect of life is a challenge, from dealing with neighbors, construction, the cost of living, the MTA, […]

Play it Sam!

This is an article I wrote for Find It Montana, a new website about the wonderful happenings in Big Sky Country.   “Play it, Sam!” By Erica von Kleist, Published April 21, 2014 Food and music are kindred spirits. They nourish the soul, engage the mind, relax the body, and dually quell a desire for […]

In the Spirit of Swing

This is the article I wrote for the Jazz at Lincoln Center ‘s 25th Anniversary book “In the Spirit of Swing”. Wynton called me up one day and asked me to write a piece for the book, but did not give me any opinion on what to write about. I decided to write about the […]

The Importance of Practicing

Here is a letter I recently handed out to the students in my studio.   “Dear Students,   I am so excited to have such smart, talented students in my studio this fall! Every day I look forward to working with each of you, and sharing in the wonderful energy you bring into my home. […]