After returning from a great Spring tour in Europe with Elder Ones, I’m back in NYC, practicing, writing and seeing a lot of music. The summer here is an unbelievably saturated and fertile time for being a listener, so I’m trying to take things in after A LOT of putting things out in the Spring.
In July, I’ll be in my home state of California for a West Coast tour, starting at SF Jazz on July 20 and 21 with Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl. I’ll also be teaching at Stanford Jazz Workshop and then starting an Elder Ones tour with dates in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico!
Last but certainly not least…I recently wrote a letter to the editor for The Wire magazine, in response to their review of Elder One’s From Untruth. While the review was positive, the content was factually incorrect, grouping me ethnically with the Brooklyn Raga Massive association, which I am not affiliated with. You can read the original review here and the letter above. I’m grateful to not only do the fact check, but also explain why this type of conflation and mischaracterization is so damaging and exhausting for POC, women and other underrepresented groups.
Happy Summer! <3