Just a reminder:
You can order my Christmas CD, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW at:
Preview a few of the tracks in the player to the right.
My friends in Elizabeth City can get a copy at:
PAGE AFTER PAGE BOOKSTORE
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Mon, Fri-Sat 10 am – 6 pm
Tue-Thu 10 am – 7 pm
Sun 1 pm – 5 pm
LOVE REMEMBERED by the Albert-Hobbs Big Band will be released in the US on April 20th!
I’m very excited about this collaboration with my old friend, Dave Albert.
Special guest vocalist: Amy Brothers
Listen to samples here:
Release party in Raleigh, NC, Friday, April 20th at the Oliver Twist Lounge, 8111-137 Creedmore Rd., Raleigh/ 919-844-4426/ Show time: 7:00 pm.
Release party in Elizabeth City, NC, Saturday, April 21st at Montero’s, 414 McArthur Dr., Elizabeth City/ 252-331-1067/ Show time: 7:00 pm.
Please join us for a fun night of good music, meet old friends and make new ones.
The dream of two friends is coming true…
I’m very happy about the Albert-Hobbs Big Band project. Almost all the recording is done and I will send the tracks off to be mixed later this week…. feels good. This has been a dream come true for me and Dave Albert (who’s been my best friend since 7th grade, we were members of the NHS band together, co-founders of the River City Jazz Ensemble, roommates at Berklee and general partners in crime for many years). We’re really excited about the project, which features Albert on drums and me on piano and keyboards. The album is all original music and arrangements and covers a lot of styles from Bossa, Latin, Swing, Bebop and Funk.
We’ve been fortunate enough to record together with some of the best musicians in Sweden; Wojtek Goral, Peter Getz, Staffan Finden, Patrik Skogh, Mikael Berg Andersson, Andy Pfeiler, Jan Adefelt and Tom Beimel. The album will be mixed by Marcus Black at Detona Studios in Stockholm.
Plans are underway for release parties/concerts in Raleigh and Elizabeth City in April. Please check back for dates, venues and times.
2010 was a year of revelations. I released my new album, SECOND GLANCES, in October in my hometown of Elizabeth City, NC and was pleased to see the tremendous support I received from both old and new friends and family (especially my cousin, Gary Hobbs, and my sister, Denise Hobbs Brothers). It was a fantastic experience! SECOND GLANCES is now available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bhobbs and also available for download on iTunes and other sites. Once again a big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the release party and bought the CD!
Another important event was a showcase for invited guests to listen to excerpts from my musical, THE INDEPENDENT MAN, based on the life and writings of Elizabeth City newspaper editor, W.O. Saunders. The response was incredible and the whole night was a wonderful experience. I would like to give special thanks to these people who donated to the cause of helping me finish the musical:
George & Blair Jackson
Patsy & Heywood Houtz
Marian W. Stokes
Lucien & Debbie Morrisette
I was also very lucky to get to talk to Maxine Sweeney (who at one time was W.O.’s secretary), and with Miss Emily White, who put me in contact with W.O.’s grandaughter, Byrd Bland Smith Barnes, who was very enthusiastic about the project.
I hope you’ll all be happy to know that the first draft of Act 1 is now completed and I am working on recording the score!
If 2010 was a year of revelations I think 2011 will be a year of changes. I’m looking forward to finishing the musical and am hoping for an opening in Elizabeth City.
My old friend and drummer, David Albert and I have already started on our first recording project together; an album of original big band charts. We formed our own jazz band when we were both 16 so I think it’s about time we recorded something together. “Albert” has been a great friend and always supported me in my writing. And he played on and recorded some of my earliest demos. I’m really looking forward to our album coming out sometime in 2011…
I have plans for another solo album, this time a vocal album of my songs. And I’m also working on finishing the new album by Andreas Aleman.
Major thanks to everyone who came out to see me perform at the City Wine Sellar and Logan Raye’s in Elizabeth City last month! I had a great time and it was wonderful to see so many old friends and familar faces and also to make some new friends. Again, big thanks to my sister, Denise Brothers, and my cousin, Gary Hobbs, for setting everything up and for being my biggest supporters.
If you weren’t able to attend and would still like to get the CD, it’s available in Elizabeth City at the Carolina House and at the Arts of the Albemarle at 516 E. Main St.
If you don’t live in EC and would like to get the CD you can order it from CDBABY.
If you already have the CD please visit CDBABY and write a comment telling me what you think. I appreciate it!