Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, it’s been a busy few months. Concerts, recording in NYC, film production, film scoring, etc., awesome, awesome, awesome, blah, blah, blah. You get the idea.

Let’s be real here. You’ve all been waiting for new recorded Danderfer for wayyy too long. You’re tired, lonely, and nearly at the point of giving up hope. I get it.

More Danderfer is on the way though and stat! Let me tell you about it…

The album is called Time and Tide, recorded at the renown Systems Two studio in Brooklyn, NY and featuring the even more renown musicians Steve Nelson (vibraphone), John Stetch (piano), Vicente Archer (bass) and my old Western Michigan roomie Quincy Davis (drums).

I can’t say enough about these stellar musicians, so I’ll just leave it at “inspiring.” Playing with Steve Nelson and John Stetch was particularly exciting because I’ve been listening to recordings of these guys since I was in high school! Hearing them bring my music to life and getting to make music with them was surreal and again, inspiring.

Now, going to New York to record a “New York album” has kind of become a thing. Or maybe it always has been a thing, I’m not sure. Whatever it is, if it happens in NYC, it’s supposedly better. Not necessarily true but there’s an element of truth to that notion. New York has a heightened energy in every way; it’s big, busy, beautiful, ugly, loud, and competitive. When it comes to the arts, NYC is the mecca and the artists who live there carry this energy with them and it shows in their work.

But living in NYC isn’t for everyone. So someone like me can visit for a while, feed off of that energy awhile, and then return to “the best place on Earth… British Columbia”. Remember when that was B.C.’s slogan?! So bold… I loved it. “The most boastful place on Earth” more like it.

Anyways, I digress.

Is there an element of posturing in making a New York album, as though to say “Look at me. I’m as good these NYC heavies, because… their names are right next to my name on this album.“? Sure there is. But hopefully, that’s not the reason for doing it. The real benefit of venturing out to play with other musicians better than myself, is to break out of an insular environment, to experience new challenges and to learn. No matter what city we live in, we musicians (or any kind of artist) become insulated. We get accustomed to playing with a select group of musicians, which is great in its own way in that you get the chance to develop personalized ensemble music with depth. I should also mention that I regularly get to work with musicians better than me in Vancouver. However, to break out of our comfort zone every so often is eye opening, invaluable and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to do so.

I’ll tell you more about the recording later. For now, I’ll just say that I’m very proud of this music and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Available March 12th, just ONE MONTH before the WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR!

That’s right! The Western Canadian Tour will feature music from the album and more. Joining me will be Vicente and John from the album along with great Canadian drummer Joe Poole and the very young vibraphone sensation from NYC, Joel Ross. At the age of 20, Joel is already one of the go-to vibraphonists in New York and has recently worked with Christian McBride’s band as well as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. You don’t want to miss this! Here are the dates:

April 13: Whitehorse, YT @ The Firehall
April 14: Kelowna, BC @ TBA
April 15: Vancouver, BC @ Frankie’s
April 16: Edmonton, AB @ The Yardbird Suite
Apirl 17: Saskatoon, SK @ The Bassment

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support in making this tour possible! And thank you all for reading. See you next week! jd1

* album cover photo by Steve Mynett