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Latest News at a Glance
May 16, 2021: Mask mandates lifted for the region except Wyandotte County (Jazz Legends). In April I averaged 3 gigs a week; in May it's 4 gigs a week. 2-4 gigs a week is what I was doing when the Shutdown happened in March of 2020.
May 12, 2021: Capacity and distancing restrictions are lifted, mask mandate still in effect. BBs has moved the Saturday Afternoon Jam back inside.
The Green Lady gig may have some legs. It's kind of a unique situation. All jazz, all original music; no covers, no standards. It's been fun. It's nice to be playing in a band with a real B3.
March 18, 2021: I'll be playing the Green Lady Lounge every Tuesday with Max Groove on Hammond B3 and Terry Hancock on drums. It's the late shift; 10:00-2:00.
Starting back up at BBs with Mama Ray, Allen Monroe and Keith Mallory every Saturday afternoon from 2:00-5:00, beginning April 3rd. The shows will be outside; we'll play on the deck to the parking lot, weather permitting. We'll move it back inside when the capacity restrictions are lifted.
See the Gig Schedule for all the details.
February 26, 2021: Jazz Legends will slowly start booking back. I'll be solo one Tuesday and one Sunday a month March, April and May. See the Gig Schedule for the dates.
December 7, 2020: Jazz Legends has cancelled all live music on weeknights through January 2021. So that means my every-other-Tuesday gig is off the books. The trio (Valentine & the Ticklers) is still doing every 2nd and 4th Friday. The Gig Schedule is current. As of now I've got no bookings until January 8th.
May 20, 2020: Just received word today that Valentine & the Ticklers will resume our every 2nd & 4th Friday gigs (6:00-10:00) at Jazz Legends in June. My every 1st and 3rd Tuesday solo dates (6:00-9:00) will resume in July. See Gig Schedule.
April 16, 2020: Doing some live streaming from Jazz Legends with Valentine & the Ticklers; see Gig Schedule for details.
March 23, 2020: Due to Kansas City's COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place order all gigs are cancelled until further notice. My teaching continues via Skype and FaceTime.
January, 26, 2020: Jazz Legends has renewed me solo every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month through December 2020.
They've also renewed solo on Sundays - that's basically 1 Sunday a month starting with February 9th. The Sundays are through August (no live music during football season) and float around a little so you should check the Gig Schedule.