11.17.17Another nice review

Here's another nice review for Walk of Fire. Thanks to Raul da Gama!

11.03.17Smalls on Sunday, CD Release for "Walk of Fire"

Thanks to Ken Dryden at The New York City Jazz Record for his wonderful review of my latest Posi-Tone release, Walk of Fire. I'm excited to play at Smalls Jazz Club with this band on Sunday. We hit at 7:30pm and I hope to see you out there!

10.22.17Fat Cat tomorrow evening

I'm looking forward to playing at Fat Cat Music tomorrow evening night from 9pm to 12am. I'll be playing with a quintet featuring Bob DeVos on guitar, Rick Germanson on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. Hope to see you there!

09.25.17Performances this week

I'm really looking forward to a week of nice performances with some of my favorite people to work with. Tomorrow evening, I'll be performing with Bob DeVos and Steve LaSpina at South Mountain Tavern in South Orange, NJ from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. On Wednesday, I'll be playing with Bob again in a rare morning concert at Rutgers University's Camden campus for a jazz series in the Mallery Room. The concert runs from 11:15am to 12:15pm. On Friday, I'll be doing a double CD release with Walt Weiskopf at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia from 8pm to 11:15pm. Walt and I both released records for Posi-Tone this past year and we made appearances on each other's albums, so we plan on playing some of the music from these releases. Hope to see you at one of these events!

09.11.17Smalls tomorrow evening

I'm looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club tomorrow evening with Paul Bollenback on guitar, Brian Charette on organ, and Jason Tiemann on drums. Sets are at 7:30pm and 9pm. We'll be playing some new material and a few tunes from my latest album, "Walk of Fire." Hope to see you there and if you're out of the area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

08.30.17Paris Bistro and Fat Cat

Looking forward to a 3 night run at Paris Bistro with Ensemble Novo starting tomorrow through Saturday. We play 7pm to 11pm. Also looking forward to playing at Fat Cat on Monday night with my quartet. Hope to see you at one of these performances!

08.19.17Cape May tomorrow and Stereogum Review

Looking forward to playing in beautiful Cape May, NJ tomorrow evening for jazz vespers at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. The concert begins at 8pm. For more info, visit capemayjazzvespers.com
I'd also like to thank Stereogum for this positive review of my new album "Walk of Fire!" Scroll down for the review after you click the link.

08.11.17Official Release Day For Walk Of Fire

Today is the official release day for my new album "Walk of Fire!" If you're interested in a signed copy, you can order it directly from this website.
Just specify "signed copy" in the PayPal ordering instructions. Also, if you'd like a signed copy but are not set up with PayPal, you can contact me to make a different arrangement.

08.03.17Walk of Fire set for release

I'm happy to announce my new album Walk of Fire will be coming out on August 11th! However, I have some advanced copies available now.  If you're interested you can order them directly from my website. I'd also be happy to sign them. Just specify "signed copy" in the PayPal ordering instructions.

08.02.17South tonight in Philly

Excited to play at SOUTH in Philly tonight with Ensemble Novo! Our sets are at 7pm and 9pm. Please join us in celebrating our current CD release "Who Saw You Then, Who Sees You Now." Hope to see you there!

07.12.17Smalls tomorrow evening

I'm looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club tomorrow evening with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. We hit at 7:30pm and go until 10:00pm, so come out if you're around! If you're outside of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

06.29.17Trumpets Jazz Club tomorrow evening

I'm looking forward to returning to Trumpets Jazz Club tomorrow evening from 8pm to 11pm with Bob Devos' organ trio, featuring Bob on guitar, Dan Kostelnik on organ, and Steve Johns on drums. We'll be playing some originals from Bob and a few of mine, as well as some choice standards. Hope to see you there!

06.14.17Performances in New Brunswick, Yardley, and Atlantic City

Looking forward to a busy weekend of performances, starting with a concert in New Brunswick tomorrow evening at the Hyatt Regency, sponsored by the The New Brunswick Jazz Project. We go from 8pm to 11pm in the Glass Woods Tavern room. On Friday, I'll be at The Vault in Yardley, PA from 7pm to 10pm. On Sunday, I'll be performing in Atlantic City, NJ for the Jersey Shore jazz vespers series at the Asbury United Methodist Church at 4pm. Hope to see you at one of these performances!

06.07.17Deer Head Inn this Friday

I’ll be appearing at the legendary Deer Head Inn this Friday with Chris Simonini on organ and Tim Horner on drums. Three sets from 7pm to 11pm. We\'ll be playing some tunes from my latest album releases as well as some new compositions. Come out and hear this exciting vibes/organ trio!

05.24.17Smalls on Thursday

I'm looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club Thursday evening with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We'll be playing tunes from my latest album "Dare To Be", along with a few new ones. We hit at 10:30pm and go until 1am, so come out if you're around! If you're outside of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

05.18.17Performances at Arts Grange, Fat Cat and Smalls

Looking forward to a nice stretch of performances over the weekend and into next week. On Saturday, I will be in Columbus NJ with drummer David Hardy and his quartet. We play at The Arts Grange starting at 8pm. Next week I'll be in NYC two nights, Fat Cat on Monday evening at 9pm and Smalls on Thursday at 10:30pm. Hope to see you at one of these performances!

05.10.17Andre Cafe Acoustique with Steve Giordano and John Swana

Looking forward to playing with two of my favorite musicians Friday night; Steve Giordano on guitar and John Swana on EVI. We're playing at a great live music venue in Chester, PA at André Café Acoustique. Start time is 8pm, and we'll be doing a mix of classic tunes that work well for this unusual instrument combination! Hope to see you there!

04.26.17Flemington DIY tomorrow evening

Really excited to play in Flemington, NJ tomorrow evening with Chris Simonini on organ and Tim Horner on drums. We're kicking off a new series, "Three Thursdays of Jazz" at the Flemington DIY. Hope to see you there!

04.20.17Smalls on Saturday

Looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club Saturday evening with Nate Radley on guitar, Clovis Nicolas on bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. We hit at 7:30pm and go until 10pm, so come out if you're around! If you're outside of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

03.30.17An Die Musik tomorrow night

Looking forward to an evening of jazz in Baltimore tomorrow night at An die Musik. Joining me will be Chris Simonini on organ and Dan Monaghan on drums. We play from 8pm to 11pm. Also, I'll be at Fat Cat on Monday night from 9pm to 12am. The band includes Paul Bollenback on guitar, Rick Germanson on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. Hope to see you at one of these shows!

03.14.17Smalls on Thursday

Excited to be playing at Smalls Jazz Club Thursday evening with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We'll be playing tunes from my latest album "Dare To Be", along with a few new ones. We hit at 7:30pm and go until 10pm, so come out if you're around! If you're outside of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

02.24.17Two upcoming performances

Really excited about two upcoming performances. Tomorrow night, I will be performing in Burlington City at Il Portico Lounge from 8:30pm to 11:30pm with the great Sonny Troy on guitar, and Justin Sekelewski on bass. On Monday night, I will perform with my quintet at Fat Cat in NYC with Paul Bollenback on guitar, Glenn Zakeski on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. Hope to see you at one of these performances!

02.08.17Smalls on Friday

Looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club Friday evening with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We'll be playing tunes from my latest album "Dare To Be", along with a few new ones. We hit at 7:30pm and go until 10pm, so come out if you're around! If you're out of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

01.11.17Another nice review from New York Music Daily!

Here's another nice review for "Dare To Be"

01.06.17Dare To Be in the spotlight

Thanks to C. Andrew Hovan at AllAboutJazz for picking Dare To Be as one of the best releases for 2016!

12.28.16Upcoming Smalls and Fat Cat performances

I'm excited about two upcoming performances in NYC this week and next. I'll be at Smalls Jazz Club on Friday with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. Monday will be the same lineup at Fat Cat with the addition of Adam Birnbaum on piano. We'll be playing new compositions of mine along with some tunes from Dare To Be. Hope to see you at one of these shows!

12.21.16All About Jazz Review

Here's a great review of "Dare To Be" by David A. Orthmann at All About Jazz. Thanks for the nice words!

11.22.16Fat Cat next week

Really excited to bring a stellar quintet to Fat Cat next week on Monday, November 28th, 9pm. Joining me will be Paul Bollenback on guitar, Adam Birnbaum on piano, Clovis Nicolas on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums. We will be performing some of my originals, including some new ones I've recently composed. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you next week!

11.07.16NYC Jazz Record review of "Dare To Be"

Thanks to the New York City Jazz Record for this very nice review of "Dare To Be."

11.03.16Upcoming gig at Smalls

Looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club tomorrow evening with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We'll be playing tunes from my latest album "Dare To Be", along with a few new ones. We hit at 7:30pm and go until 10pm, so come out if you're around! If you're out of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

10.17.16Album release concert in Somers Point, NJ tomorrow night

Looking forward to playing at Clancy\'s By The Bay in Somers Point, NJ tomorrow tonight. Please join us for a special CD release performance for my latest Posi-Tone installment \"Dare To Be\", with Dan Hanrahan on guitar, Justin Sekelewski on bass, and Bob Shomo on drums. The event is sponsored by the South Jersey Jazz Society. We play from 8pm to 10:30. Hope to see you there!

09.29.16Smalls tomorrow evening

I'm looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club tomorrow evening with Nate Radley on guitar, Clovis Nicolas on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We'll be playing tunes from my latest album "Dare To Be", along with a few new ones. We hit at 7:30pm and go until 10pm, so come out if you're around! If you're out of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

08.24.16Upcoming Performances

Just wanted to let you know about a few very special performances coming up. I’ll be appearing at the legendary Deer Head Inn this Friday and Fat Cat in New York City on Monday. We’ll be playing a lot of music from my latest installment, Dare to Be. And speaking of the new album, there are also some CD release performances on the books that you might be interested in. If you’re in Philadelphia on Sept 23rd, come visit me at Chris’ Jazz Cafe. And if you’re down by the shore, I’ll be performing on October 18th at Clancy's By The Bay in Somers Point, NJ.

08.12.16Official Release Day for "Dare To Be"

Today is the day! I'm very excited to announce that Dare To Be is now officially available for purchase and download. You can get it from Amazon, iTunes and many other sites. However, I wanted to let you know that there are perks to ordering it directly from my website. In the past, musicians in my following have expressed interest in seeing my compositions on paper, which is why this offer will not only get you a signed copy of the new album, but also a free lead sheet of your choice.  Click on the Buy CD link under Recordings.  

   

08.10.16Dare To Be releases this week

Friday is the day, "Dare To Be" official release! I've already been getting some nice write ups and radio play. Check out some of these reviews. Thanks to WBGO Jazz 88.3 and Bird is the Worm!

07.15.16"Dare To Be" set for release on August 12th

I'm excited about the release of my new album "Dare To Be." The official release date is 8/12. In the next week or so, it will be available from my website for anyone who would like a signed copy. I'll also offer any lead sheets of the compositions for any musicians who are interested. In the meantime, please check out the band this Sunday at Smalls Jazz Club We play from 10:30pm to 1am. For anyone who's out of the area, watch the live video stream at smallslive.com Hope to see you there!

06.07.16Friday and Sunday Performances

Looking forward to being a part of the Jazz and Blues Showcase series in Tabernacle, NJ. The concert is this Friday at 7:30pm. I'll be joined by Chris Simonini on organ and Dan Monaghan on drums. Please see the attached poster for details. Also, I'll be at Smalls Jazz Club on Sunday with Nate Radley on guitar, Clovis Nicolas on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums. Sets at 10:30pm and 12:00am. If you're out of area, you can tune in to the live video stream at smallslive.com Hope to see you there!

06.02.16Weekend Performances

Some nice performances this weekend! Tomorrow night, I will be at An die Musik in Baltimore with Walt Weiskopf for a CD release concert for his new album "The Way You Say It." Saturday, I join Grant Stewart for a performance at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia. Both these performances are at 8pm. Last, I'll be at Fat Cat on Monday with my quartet with Paul Bollenback, Clovis Nicolas, and Jason Tiemann. We hit at 9pm. Hope to see you there!

05.11.16Walt Weiskopf "The Way You Say It" Album Review

Here's a nice album review on recent recording I did with Walt Weiskopf.

05.11.16Michael Dease "Father Figure" Review

Here's an album review from a recent recording I did with Michael Dease.

05.02.16Playing at Fat Cat

Looking forward to playing at Fat Cat tonight with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We play from 9pm to 12am, so come on out if you're around!

04.16.16Smalls tomorrow evening

I'm looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club this Sunday with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We'll be playing a few new tunes, along with a bunch of material we recorded back in January, so it'll be a cooking evening. We hit at 10:30pm and go to 1am, so come out if you're around! If you're out of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

03.18.16Smalls on Sunday

Looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club this Sunday with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. We hit at 10:30pm and go to 1am, so come out if you're around! If you're out of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

03.09.16Jazz Bridge Concert in Willingboro, NJ

Looking forward to the jazz bridge concert this Thursday in Willingboro, NJ. The performance is at Foster\'s Military Lodge, 7:30pm, with Dan Hanrahan on guitar, Mike Boone on bass and Doug Hirlinger on drums. Hope to see you there!

02.25.16Next two nights in Philly

Looking forward to the next two nights in Philly. I'll be at Chris' Jazz Cafe tonight for an all star vibraphone night with Tony Miceli and Randy Sutin. On Friday, I'll be performing with my quartet; Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums. Hope to see you at one of these performances!

02.16.16New Videos and Recording

As many of you know, January can be a difficult month for musicians. It's cold, people don't go out as much, etc. However, I was happy to have an exciting, action-packed January. The recording of my new album went beautifully, and I can't wait to share it with you. In addition to that, I have some great video footage from the last Smalls gig up on youtube.
You can check out the videos on my YouTube channel (click the link below). You can also watch them under the "Photos & Video" tab on this page. It really helps me when there are comments and "likes" on the video postings. So, please feel free to "like," leave a comment and subscribe! I would love to hear your input.
I want to thank the guys in my band, Nate, Ugonna, and Jason for all they contributed to the new record, as well as Steve Brickman for the bang up job on the videos!

01.08.16Smalls and World Vibes Congress

Looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club this Sunday with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We hit at 10:30pm and go to 1am, so come out if you're around! If you're out of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com
Later this week, the group will be going into the studio to record a new album of mine. The album will also feature Bruce Harris on trumpet as a guest for a few tracks.
Also, the 4th annual World Vibes Congress takes place in NJ tomorrow and Sunday. Lots of vibists and a great hang! There will be a jam session in Asbury Park at Langosta Lounge in the evening on Saturday. For more info, visit mostlymarimba.com

12.18.15Upcoming Concerts and Mindset News

Some nice performances coming up in the next few days. I\'ll be doing a streaming concert for vibesworkshop.com on Sunday at 12pm. It features four vibraphonists; myself, Tony Miceli, Randy Sutin and Anthony Smith. Go to the vibesworkshop.com website for more info. Also, I play at Fat Cat on Wednesday the 23rd. Joining me will be Bruce Harris on trumpet, Dan Hanrahan on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums. We play from 9pm to 12am. Also, Mindset made No. 50 for the year on the Jazzweek radio charts, so I\'m pretty excited about that!

12.11.15Smalls and Jazziz Review

Excited to be playing at Smalls Jazz Club this Sunday with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We hit at 10:30pm and go to 1am, so come out if you're around! Also, my friend Tom Kobialka brought this nice review to my attention in Jazziz. It's part of an article reviewing vibes albums of 2015, and they did a paragraph on Mindset. I took a picture of it for anyone who wants to read it. Click on a Facebook button to see the article on my Facebook page. Hope to see some folks at Smalls on Sunday. If you're out of the NYC area, you can watch the live video stream at smallslive.com

11.21.15Fat Cat on Monday

Looking forward to a nice gig at Fat Cat this Monday. Joining me will be Dan Hanrahan on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. It will include some new compositions of mine, as well as some standards. We play from 9pm to 12am, hope to see you there!

11.10.15Nice week of performances

Tonight, I will be at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro in NJ at 8pm with Dan Hanrahan on guitar, Tim Lekan on bass, and Bob Shomo on drums. Tomorrow, I play with Ensemble Novo at TIME in Philadelphia from 9pm to 1am. Sunday will be my quartet at Smalls Jazz Club with Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We play 10:30pm to 1am. You can watch that one from home if you\'re out of area at smallslive.com Hope to see you at one of the performances!

10.09.15Smalls on Sunday

Looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club on Sunday with my quartet. Joining me will be Nate Radley on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We play at 10:30pm, and we'll be doing a few new compositions of mine. Come out if you're around! If you're out of the NYC area, you can tune into the live video stream at smallsjazzclub.com

09.28.15Posi-Tone Week

Busy week here! I'm looking forward to a few recording dates and a special concert with Posi-Tone. I'll be recording with Walt Weiskopf and Michael Dease this week. Also, Wednesday is Posi-Tone Records 20th Anniversary celebration at Smalls Jazz Club. Come on out if you're around!

09.18.15Smalls on Sunday

I'm looking forward to playing at Smalls Jazz Club this Sunday night with my quartet. I'll be joined by Nate Radley on guitar, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums. We'll be playing a mix of my originals (a few new ones) and some standards. Come on out, or if you're out of area, you can watch the video stream at smallsjazzclub.com
We hit at 10:30pm

09.03.15Mindset review in Downbeat

Thanks to Jon Ross for his kind words about Mindset in the latest issue of DownBeat Magazine: "The vibraphonist imbues his compositions with inspiring playing, showcasing his comfort with medium-tempo and uptempo numbers built around twisting, falling eighth-note melodies." The digital version of the review is available at downbeat.com

08.27.15Monday's gig at Fat Cat with Clifford Barbaro

I'm looking forward to playing with Clifford Barbaro on Monday at Fat Cat. We hit at 9pm. Cliff is one of my favorite drummers in NYC. He's a long time veteran on the NYC jazz scene. If you haven't had the chance to hear him, please come out. Check out this really cool interview with Cliff a few years ago.

08.13.15Chris' Jazz Cafe

For those of you in the Philadelphia area, I will be playing at Chris' Jazz Cafe tomorrow evening with my quartet (Nate Radley on guitar, Brian Howell on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums.) We play sets at 8pm and 10pm, so please come out if you're around! I'll be debuting a few new compositions, as well as some standards and a few Bobby Hutcherson tunes.

08.03.15OCC on Wednesday

To my friends in NJ, you will like this. I'm playing a concert on Wednesday night, 8pm, at Ocean County College with a tremendous trumpet talent, Geoff Gallante. I've had the pleasure to listen to Geoff the past few years, and at 14 years old, he is really dealing! It's nice that he will be back in his hometown, Toms River. If you're free, please come out to this performance. See the attached flier for details. Great band with Geoff, myself, Jim DeSalvo, Steve Varner, and Steve Johns. Hope to see you there!

07.24.15Busy Week Coming Up!

Busy week coming up! I\'ll be playing at Fat Cat in NYC on Monday night with one of my favorite projects, \"Vortex Quartet.\" It\'s a unique project co-led with Ken Fowser on tenor saxophone, with a tenor, vibes, organ and drums instrumentation. Joining us will be Mike LeDonne on organ and Jason Tiemann on drums. We\'ll be playing 9pm to 12am. Also, I\'ll be back at Fat Cat on Wednesday at 7pm with the Clifford Barbaro quintet. On Tuesday, I\'ll be teaching at the University of Delaware, where I\'ll be doing a demonstration on a new Malletech instrument! I\'m excited about it and hope to have some video with the new axe soon. Hope to see some of you this week!

07.13.15Hotoke on Thursday

I\'m looking forward to a nice performance this Thursday the 16th at Hotoke in New Brunswick, NJ. The gig is sponsored by The New Brunswick Jazz Project, and they host 2-3 jazz performances per week at different venues in town. The NBJP is doing a great job bringing jazz to NJ! I\'ll be joined Bob deVos on guitar, Dan Kostelnik on organ, and Tim Horner on drums. Come on out, we\'ll be there 8pm to 11pm!

07.03.15Playing at Smalls with Clifford Barbaro

Thanks to everyone who was able to tune in or make it out to Smalls Jazz Club last Sunday. It was a very nice turnout with an enthusiastic audience. We ended up playing 30 minutes later than expected because of an encore, it was great! Anyway, I will be back at Smalls tomorrow night with the great drummer, Clifford Barbaro. I always look forward to playing with Cliff. He's a true master and long time veteran of the NYC jazz scene. We hit at 7:30pm tomorrow night, so come out or watch the stream from the Smalls website after your July 4th barbecue!

06.27.15Final CD Release show tomorrow night in NYC

I\'ll be playing my final CD release show tomorrow night in NYC at Smalls Jazz Club from 10:30pm to 12am. Come out and hang! It\'s been a fun and successful month. Good shows, and Mindset has crept a little higher on the JazzWeek charts at #13. Hope to see some of you at Smalls!

06.18.15Mindset CD shows and radio update

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to the CD release shows at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philly and Sandi Pointe in NJ. Both shows were well attended and I'm looking forward to the Smalls Jazz Club hit on June 28th. Also, Mindset has crept up into the top 20 now on the jazz radio charts at 19; very excited about that!

06.12.15Mindset is at 35 on the national jazz radio charts.

I\'m happy to announce that Mindset is in the top 40 on the national jazz radio charts!
Also, I\'m looking forward to the 2nd CD release show tomorrow night at Sandi Pointe. Two sets starting at 8pm. Please help spread the word, and hope to see you there!

06.10.15Thanks to Anthony Smith for his nice review on nycvibes.com!

Behn Gillece, Mindset (Posi-Tone Records, 2015)

I first heard vibraphonist Behn Gillece play when I discovered one of his collaborations with Ken Fowser, while perusing i-Tunes several years ago. Always on the lookout for an exciting new vibraphone discovery, I immediately bought that album, and proceeded to follow Behn’s career from then on. When I moved to New York in early 2014, I walked into Small’s in the Village, and quickly spotted a red-headed guy standing near the bar, dressed in black, hair pulled back in a neat ponytail. “Hey," I said before thinking, “You’re Behn Gillece." He looked at me, smiled and said “Yes, I am." Thus began a friendship with one of New York City’s brightest young jazz musicians, as well as one of the finest vibraphonists of his generation.

Gillece’s latest release, Mindset, is yet another example of his musical gifts as both a first-rate soloist and also a composer of note. Firmly rooted in the rich tradition of post-bop, with an inviting mixture of hard-swinging and straight-eighth/Latin grooves, along with the tasty ballad here and there, Mindset announces Gillece’s arrival as an artist who has attained both maturity and a distinctive musical voice. Perhaps more so than any other vibraphonist, Gillece combines two very different schools of vibraphone playing: the virtuosic, chromatic approach of Bobby Hutcherson, and the no-vibrato, four-mallet chordal aesthetic of Gary Burton. Stylistically Gillece is more aligned with Hutcherson, favoring deftly executed single-note lines in his improvisations, but technically speaking, his impeccable execution, clear, dry tone, and balanced tone is more reminiscent of Burton and his disciples.

The album’s first track, The Great Quarterly, contains an angular melody reminiscent of hard post-boppers like Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw. Out of the gate, Gillece demonstrates his clean mastery of the vibes. His lines are rhythmically precise, his time is impeccable, and his melodic voice is fresh. The title track, Mindset, is a driving, straight-eighth groove, with some unexpected twists and turns. The strong melody is enhanced by Gillece’s signature pentatonic flourishes, followed by a well-crafted, dynamically varied vibes solo.

Gillece calls upon pianist Rick Germanson to provide solid accompaniment, along with understated, tasteful solos. The rhythm section of Paul Gill and Charles Ruggiero is so smooth, so supportive, that’s it’s at times possible to forget they’re even there. Saxophonist Ken Fower, Gillece’s longtime musical partner and label mate on Posi-Tone Records, sounds excellent as usual, delivering well-constructed improvisations with a straight, honest tone in the tradition of Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.

The track Uma Para Agosto begins with a solo vibraphone intro, showcasing Gillece’s ability to play convincingly with four mallets. In addition to his work in the post-bop genre, Gillece has also worked extensively in Latin and Brazilian contexts, and this is made obvious by his smooth, melodic work here. Germanson switches to Fender Rhodes for a nice change of pace.

The session ends with Calm, Cool, and Collected, a bright, optimistic swinger with major chords and a straight-ahead groove, which is reminiscent of another recently recorded vibes track, Pharaoh Joy, from the Joe Locke/David Hazeltine album, Mutual Admiration Society 2. Behn Gillece’s new album demonstrates his abilities as a bandleader and composer, but in the end, what comes across the most is his complete command of jazz vibraphone, and an original voice on the instrument that is sure to continue developing in years to come.

Anthony Smith
nycjazzvibes.com

05.21.15Bird Is The Worm Review

Thanks to Bird is the Worm for the kind words about MINDSET: "Even with tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser applying plenty of heat to spur on tempos that aren’t shy with the gas pedal, Gillece deftly adds contemplative tones and a bit of a lag on the up-tempo pieces as a nice counterweight and sense of tension. Plenty enjoyable."

05.19.15Mindset album is out!

My new album "Mindset" has been officially released as of Friday! I'm happy to say it's already been receiving favorable reviews, radio play, and coverage on the Music Choice channels.

I've been asked about signed copies, which I'd be more than happy and willing to do. For a signed, physical CD, purchase it from my website and specify "Signed copy" in the PayPal shipping instructions.

04.29.15Mindset release set for May 15th

The release date for "Mindset" is May 15th. You can purchase an advance copy from this website under "Recordings." Also, check the itinerary for the various CD release party performances!

04.07.15New album "Mindset" to be released in a few weeks!

A few months back, I was in the studio working on my debut album as leader. I'm happy to announce that the release is only a few weeks away! The album, "Mindset," will be released by the Posi-Tone label (in late April/early May). The tracks are all originals that I spent years working on with my band at performances in NYC, NJ, and Philadelphia. Please check out the samples under "Listen."

09.16.14Playing the Malletech Love Vibe

Behn Gillece is an endorser of the Malletech Love Vibe, the best sounding vibraphone on the planet! Click the link to hear it.

10.01.13Interview with Behn

Here's a nice interview that was put up on the Smalls tumblr site. Spencer Murphy asks questions about composition, influences, and working with vibesworkshop.com

04.09.13New Reviews Coming In

Read what some people are saying about "Top Shelf under the Reviews section. Street release date is April 17th, but the albums are available now on this website! See under "Store."

03.14.13Top Shelf Release Date: April 17th

The new recording, "Top Shelf", co-led by Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece will be available April 17th. Check out the multimedia section for the latest video that discusses this new album.

07.10.12New recording

A new Fowser/Gillece record for Posi-tone was just recorded last week. Stay tuned for updates!

08.21.11Reviews coming in

Check out the "Reviews" section for some of the latest on "DuoTone".

08.08.11Duotone

I have early copies of my third co-led record with Ken Fowser, "Duotone". If you would like to purchase one, please click under "Store". Please specify if you would like a signed copy. Enjoy the samples under the "Listen" section!

06.19.11New CD to be released in August.

Look out in August for my new co-led record with Ken Fowser. The CD is entitled Duotone, and it will feature our original music. We're really excited about it!

03.01.11New review

Look under reviews for the link to "Jazz Wrap". This recent review covers both the Full View and Little Echo records.

01.23.11Midwest Tour

My co-led group with Ken Fowser will be performing in Chicago at Andy's Jazz Club in May. Check the itinerary for dates (more midwest dates to be added soon).

01.23.11New Video

Check the video section out for a new youtube clip made by John Thornton. It is from a recent gig in Cape May, NJ.

07.18.10New Reviews

Click under "reviews" to see some of the latest for "Little Echo".

07.10.10New CD for sale on site and updates

You can now buy Little Echo right off this website, just click the store tab to view the items. Also, check the listen and video sections for updated material.

07.08.10Little Echo Release Date

My new album, "Little Echo", co-led with tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser, is finished. It will be available for purchase in the next few days. In the meantime, check out some of the new material under the "Listen" section of this website. Also, there is a new video promo clip that I have posted. Check under the "Video" tab.

05.17.10New album coming out in July/August

Look out for my new album "Little Echo", co-led with saxophonist Ken Fowser. It will be coming out this summer and features a bunch of our original tunes. We're really excited about this one, so keep your eyes open for it!

08.02.09All About Jazz Review

Here is a review of the "Full View" record in All About Jazz.

06.03.09Melody Gardot on Letterman

Check this video out of a gig I did with Melody on Letterman.

05.10.09Generations Competition

I am happy to announce that the Ken Fowser/Behn Gillece quintet earned the Generations Fellowship for 2009. Click the link below to read about Generations.

01.23.09Release of new CD "Full View"

Finally, the CD is complete! I just received copies earlier this week. The official street date for release is Jan. 27, which means they should be available in stores and for download around that time.

11.07.08Jazz Improvisation Finals at PASIC in Austin, TX

I just came back from Austin, TX after competing in the jazz improv competition at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. I am happy to announce that I took 1st place in the finals. It was a great experience to play with Ed Soph and his trio.

11.03.08New CD Release

Hello everyone, welcome to my new website. I wanted to let everyone know about a new CD that is coming. It is a co-led project with tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser, entitled "Full View". The CD will be available for purchase at upcoming performances, as well as on Itunes. Look to the itinerary for the dates, and thanks for visiting my site.