Great to be back in New York after another solid tour overseas with Melody Gardot. NYC dates to follow below, as well as a tour photo slideshow.
Life constantly gets deeper and never ceases to educate me in the most unexpected ways…
This was one of the more beautiful tours I have been fortunate to be a part of. Lots of travel highlights, and the music was fun too. I also got to see and hang out with some musical heros at various festivals like Anthony Jackson, Larry Grenadier, Mark Turner, Steve Smith, Danilo Perez etc. Running into musicians of this caliber is one of the great perks of being on the road sometimes! At this point, Melody Gardot will be working on a new record throughout the Fall season, so stay tuned for news on that front in the coming months. Also be sure to check back as I will be posting more from my Smalls show, and updating my performance schedule.
Writing from Istanbul, Turkey where we have a day off today. Tomorrow we play the Jazz Fest here. We had three great beginning shows to the tour in France with Melody Gardot, and are very close to adding a new song to the set and the music is feeling very inspired all around! Stay tuned…
Check out this live cut from my Quartet’s most recent show at Smalls Jazz Club:
Summer Tour Dates with Melody Gardot have now been posted on the site in the “Performances” section! I will have many first visits on this tour as I did on the last one. Looking forward to going to Italy, Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Belgium and more for my first time. We’ll also be playing some really nice festivals like Juan Les Pins (where Miles played!), Love Supreme Festival, & Vitoria Jazz Fest to name a few.
Here are some videos with one of my favorite people and musicians Camila Meza, el guitarrista from Chili. This footage comes from our show at Smalls back in February and features Aaron Goldberg, Greg Hutchinson, and myself. As always I am honored to have played with musicians of this caliber, and felt I learned so much just from the couple of shows we all did together. Enjoy, and don’t forget to check us out at Cornelia St. Cafe on June 18th.
This show will be dedicated to the lives lost in the tornado tragedy and a portion of the proceeds will go to United Way of Central Oklahoma (http://www.unitedwayokc.org/). Also for this show I will present a special piece of music written and dedicated to the children who died in the tornadoes. Hope to see you there:
Aidan Carroll Quartet: Wednesday May 29, UCO Jazz Lab – 8pm & 10:30pm sets, $7 cover
Lee Rucker – trumpet
Grant Goldstein – guitar
Aidan Carroll – bass/compositions/arrangements
Jeremy Thomas – drums
Hello all! Writing from Oslo, Norway where we are one week out from finishing this tour up with Melody Gardot. It’s been a truly enlightening experience for me. Feeling grateful to do what I do in this kind of musical context, and to get to see the world a bit while doing it!
Since I last blogged we’ve been all over France, Corsica, Switzerland, Vienna, and Poland. The last two shows we just played in Poland were especially challenging and fun in part due to our cellist Stephen Braun being away, which consequently gave me more sonic space to fill and solos to play (with the bow too!). They were smaller venues which made them feel more like club dates as opposed to the theaters we’ve been playing. Also with one member gone the group was collectively taking more chances. It’s a really interesting gig with Melody in that you have to be on it like you’re playing a pop gig, yet still at times have your ears open with a more improvisational mindset. We’ve been fortunate to have some wonderfully supportive audiences in these cities across Europe which always helps keep the musical inspiration flowing throughout the show.
As per usual, below are some photos from the past 3 weeks which I carefully selected…
May 29Aidan Carroll Quartet: UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond, Oklahoma
in conjunction with National Chamber Music America Month Lee Rucker – trumpet Grant Goldstein – guitar Aidan Carroll – bass Jeremy Thomas – drums
I will be playing the Stone for the first time with Uri Gurvich and his group on May 18. Leo Genovese, Eric Doob, and I will be the rhythm section!
I’m thinking about putting together a duo show later this year with pianist Shai Maestro. Me and Shai have played on and off for a little while and it’s nice to play with someone who also listens in a detailed way. On a related note I’m considering doing a solo double bass show sometime later this year as well … something I’ve also wanted to do.