Friends with Better Lives

Carefree Latin Memories was placed on the CBS program Friends with Better Lives Season 1 Episode 5 (The Bicycle Thieves). The recording was used in a supermarket scene at 1:30 which is after the opening theme.  Here is an example of how far music can be buried beneath dialogue, laugh track and ambient background foley effects in a scene. The one instrument recognizable at around 1:55  is a vibraphone. According to my cue sheet, the music plays throughout the entire scene. Advance the video to 1:30 if you would like to see the scene.

Downbeat Magazines Albums of the Year

Tj Martley’s first solo CD Meditations Vol. 1 was listed among the albums of the year for 2013. I was fortunate enough to master the recording for him. The Downbeat Magazine four out of five stars review of the CD can be read here. You can hear Joe Dimino’s interview with TJ from November 13 of this year at iTunes. Below are reviews of the recording.


Down Beat

Plastic Sax Blog

KC Jazz Lark Blog

Mastered CD receives 4 Star Review by Down Beat Magazine

Last year TJ Martley, a former student who studied jazz with me at William Jewell College, released his first solo piano CD entitled “Meditations Vol. 1”. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the process as I mastered the recording for him.  This August the CD was reviewed in Down Beat Magazine and received four out a possible five stars. Click below to read various reviews of the CD.  I look forward to Vol. 2 in the future. Thank you TJ for considering me for the project.

Down Beat

Plastic Sax Blog

KC Jazz Lark Blog

Body and Soul Suite World Premier

poster_001My Suite on the famous Coleman Hawkins recording Body and Soul is to be premiered at this free concert on April 18th at 7:30 pm in the Liberty Performing Arts Theater in Liberty, MO. It is located at

1600 S Withers Rd, Liberty, MO 64068 and is inside the Liberty Community Center.

Click here to read more about the suite.

Featured that evening will be trumpeter Al Pearson. Al has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, and backed up many artists over the years including Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jackie McLean, Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Bobby Watson, Lou Rawls, Debbie Reynolds, Crystal Gale, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Gaye and the Danville Illinois Symphony. Other guests include vocalist Caitlin Myers and dancers Paco Vitug and Dr. Yvonne Iway Spurlock. Mr. Vitug is a professional dancer, choreographer, and owner of Paco Dance Academy in Mission, Kansas and founder of PADANCO, a professional dance company.  He is trained in classical ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and ballroom. His professional credits spans two decades and includes performances throughout the US and in China. Mr. Vitug has choreographed “Flash Back 2000” for The Osmond Brothers, “Magic on Ice”, as well as other shows in Las Vegas and China.

Solo Piano CD Release

TJ Martley has released his CD Meditations Vol. 1 just recently.  I mastered the recording.  You can hear a sample and learn more about the CD from his website link below.

Plastic sax blog review as “one of the best albums released by a locally based jazz musician in 2012.”