13 March 2020

COVID-19 cancellations


Please be advised that the following upcoming performances have been cancelled out of COVID-19 concerns:

March 13: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse at the Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
March 15: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse at Disney Hall, Los Angeles
• March 21: Secret Society + NEC Alumni Big Band at Sheen Center, NYC
• April 13: Secret Society at Dizzy’s Club, NYC

I’m deeply sorry to all those who had been looking forward to these shows, and I hope they can be rescheduled once the it is safe to do so.

Obviously, we are monitoring the situation closely, so please watch this space for updates.

Finally, many of my co-conspirators have been hit incredibly hard by these and other cancellations. Over just the past few days, they have seen all of their work for the next two months completely disappear. The life of a freelance musician in a city as expensive as New York is difficult and volatile at the best of times, and few musicians are prepared to absorb a financial blow of this magnitude. 

If you had been planning to attend any of these performances, I’d like to ask that you contribute what you would have spent on tickets and drinks to Equal Sound’s Corona Relief Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians who have lost work due to COVID-19 cancellations:

And of course, you can also support musicians by purchasing their albums, either directly from their websites or from Bandcamp. Please help if you can — this is a dark time and we’re going to need some tunes to help us through it.