Amity Gallery – Karl Latham/Calvin Jones/Oscar Perez May 25 7:30pm

Amity Gallery

Saturday May 25 7:30pm

Karl Latham/Calvin Jones/Oscar Perez



Great little venue in Warwick, NY, this will be an evening of jazz standards with two of my favorite musicians.


Karl Latham – drums

(Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Funk, Mark Egan Unit1, John Lee Quartet, Shirelles, Michael Urbaniak, The CD 101.9 Fantasy Band)

Calvin Jones – bass

(Steve Coleman, Don Braden, Ray Anderson, Simon Nobokov, Eartha Kitt, Bring in the Noise)

Oscar Perez – keys

(Phoebe Snow, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian McBride, Dave Stryker, Steve Turre, Don Braden)


110 Newport Bridge Road, Warwick, NY 10990

Shanghai Jazz with Mark Egan, Vic Juris and special guest

March 9 “Living Standards” at Shanghai Jazz

Jazz legend Jon Faddis stopped by for the first set and graciously sat in for a couple of tunes.


I am grateful to have the privilege to have performed many years in John Lee’s Quartet, which was always an amazing experience, alongside greats such as Mr. Faddis, Claudio Roditi, Antonio Hart, Don Braden, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry and many others.

Here are some random pix from the show:


Hudson Valley Jazz Festival August 9th

Karl Latham and Friends

Jim Saltzman – Tenor Saxophone

Steve Myerson – Acoustic Piano

Calvin X Jones – Acoustic Bass

August 9th

Warwick Conference Center

Mulder Chapel at The Warwick Conference Center , 62 Warwick Center Road

I am very humbled to be participating in the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival this year with some great musicians in an amazing intimate setting at the Mulder Chapel in Warwick Center, Hoyt Road, Warwick, NY, 10990. This will be an acoustic program featuring the music of Thelonius Monk. Please visit the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Website and get your tickets soon!!!

Thank you again Hudson Valley Jazz Festival for the inclusion to the program this year.



The 2018 Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Schedule is…

Thursday Aug 9: 

 7 PM-Village of Warwick Concert Series Presents The NY Swing Exchange. on the Village Green, Railroad Ave, Warwick. Free outdoor concert.  In the event of rain, will be held at The Warwick Reformed Church, Main St. near Grand.

8PM-Karl Latham “Acoustic Unit” with Oscar Perez, Calvin Jones, and Steve Myerson.   

Mulder Chapel at The Warwick Conference Center , 62 Warwick Center Road.

10 PM -Quave, with Michael Purcell at Eddie’s Road House , 18 Main St. Warwick

Friday Aug 10 ,

7 PM   Glenmere Brewery    Presents Chloe Borthwick with Gabe Valle, and Nick Gaskins  55 Maple Ave. Florida NY

7 PM: Larry Newcomb and Steve Kaiser Duo at Bourbon St .    78 Millpond Pkwy. Monroe

7 PM– Two Band Special Performance. The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival Presents “Jazz Beyond”, an improvisational electronic and acoustic trio.

8 PM –The Gabriele Tranchina Group. with Joe Vincent Tranchina, Lew Scott & Scott Neumann

Warwick Center for The Performing Arts.  63 Wheeler St. Warwick.   $5.

6 PM – Mike Antonelli & Friends with , Jason Miller, Ryan Cerullo, Pete Nobile,Ricci Saracino & Pito Castillo

 7 PM –Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Band  with , Bruce Arnold, Ratzo B. Harris, Bob Meyer

Presented by Orange County Hops, 771 State Rt. 52, Walden.  Pantano’s Wine Grapes and Home Brew, Jacobowitz & Gubitz LLP , Roscoe Beer Company.

7 PM-Kristina Koller at The BeanRunner Cafe 201 S. Division St. Peekskill NY 10566

Saturday Aug 11

1 PM– The Moffat Library, 6 West Main St, Washingtonville, presents The Bill Pernice Group 

Cameron Brown, Tony Jefferson and Erik Lawerence .

5:00 PM– The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce presents The Rick Savage Group. at Pine Island Park, Kay Road, Outdoor show..Click here for more info on Rick. 

7 PM-The Village of Warwick Concert Series presents  The Mobius Band starring Pete Levin. Also featuring: Nanny Assis on percussion, Jeff Ciampa on guitar, Alex Foster on tenor and soprano sax, Pete Levin on electric piano, clavinet and organ, Tony Levin on bass, Chris Pasin on trumpet and Lenny White on drums. Village Green, outdoor on Railroad Ave. Warwick .In the event of rain, will be held at The Warwick Reformed Church, Main St. near Grand.

8 PM- Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack, featuring Zwelakhe Duma Bell La Pere and Ian Carroll.

201 South Division Street, Peekskill NY.

Sunday Aug 12:

12 noon – Mike Jackson Group with Larry Ham, Mark Hagan and Steve Rubin at The Iron Forge Inn  38 Iron Forge Road, Warwick

2PM-  The Albert Wisner Library Presents The Eric Person Group

5 PM-  Village Courtyard Music Series presents .. The Rave Tesar Trio  28 Railroad Ave. Warwick, outdoor.    if rain, indoor, upstairs at Grappa.

Grappa Ristorante – Host Sponsor, Donohue, O’Connell & Riley, PLLC – Presenting Sponsor

6:30PM -Persad/Kopec En Masse Limoncello 159 Main St. Goshen NY


Karl Latham “Acoustic Unit” @ Hudson Valley Jazz Fest

August 9th

Karl Latham “Acoustic Unit” with Oscar Perez, Calvin Jones, and Jim Saltzman

Karl Latham “Acoustic Unit” with Oscar Perez, Calvin Jones, and Jim Saltzman    8PM

Mulder Chapel at The Warwick Conference Center , 62 Warwick Center Road.

Warwick Conference Center

62 Warwick Center Rd, Warwick, New York 10990


Karl Latham: Living Standards – Jazz Guitar Life CD Review

Karl Latham: Living Standards – Jazz Guitar Life CD Review

If you’re aware of  powerhouse Jazz Drummer Karl Latham and wondering why he’s on Jazz Guitar Life? Well it’s simple. On Karl’s latest CD Living Standards, the guitar player featured is none other than the inimitable Vic Juris. Need I say more? Exactly! 🙂

Similar in nature to Herbie Hancock’s The New Standard, Latham’s CD showcases iconic pop/rock tunes – standards if you will in their respective genres – re-interpreted through the Jazz lens’ of Drummer Latham, Bassist Mark Egan of Pat Metheny and Elements fame and of course, Jazz Guitarist Vic Juris. A dynamic group of players who seemingly have one foot in the Jazz World and one foot in the Rock/Pop World. It is because of this that the tunes re-invented still retain their original oomph but with a much more sophisticated harmonic palette offered to the more refined listener.

Case in point is Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”. This version finds Vic on acoustic steel string gently transforming the familiar Grace Slick melody into a hauntingly beautiful finger-picked out-pouring of notes alongside Egan’s soulful – almost crying – fretless slides. This same treatment can also be found on Pink Floyd’s “Us And Them” where Vic – cascading artificial harmonics and all – presents the melody in a most moody fashion. Egan’s fretless “skating” also helps to create a melancholy vibe along with Latham’s minimalist manoeuvres on the traps. A unique take which I was not expecting. In fact there are many such interpretations on this CD that I wasn’t expecting.

For example, the group’s frenetic take on The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” reminded me of something that Bill Frisell would do. This tune definitely showcases Vic’s inventive improvisations as he dons the electric, slaps on some overdrive, and, when the time comes, wails in a Jazz/Rock fusion approach pulling out all the stops. He also delivers the same flat-out energy and intensity to – once again – The Beatles’ “Tax Man”. Of course, Latham’s muscular drumming and Egan’s dynamic bass lines add plenty of fuel to Vic’s fire. Egan also gets plenty of room to show off his chops in a most notable manner.

The Neil Young tune “Cinnamon Girl” also brings out the best in all concerned with Vic and Egan delivering superb solos as only they can. Latham also gets to shine throughout the outro as Vic and Egan play the opening riff in an ostinato fashion. These guys can really…rock!

And speaking of which, their treatment of the Blind Faith classic “Had To Cry Today” does exactly that…it rocks! Of course they personalize it with their distinctive voices allowing Vic to channel his inner Pat Martino through some overdriven guitar sounds that would make Clapton’s guitar gently weep! A great rendition as are their versions of “Low Rider” and the funkified “It’s Your Thing”.

Contrasting the rock and funk is another Beatles’ tune “Tomorrow Never Knows” and The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” which take a bit of an interpretive left turn as they venture down exploratory paths bordering on Free playing. Definitely an interesting musical perspective and one that I think both John and Jim would appreciate…especially in their more mind altered states! 🙂

This brings me to the last cut on the CD, Cream’s “White Room”. Once again Vic takes out the acoustic steel string to re-envision the song his way. This sonic divergence and the way Vic phrases his lines, gives the tune a somewhat bluegrass feel before he delves into the improvisational passages where he bridges fleet fingered pentatonic lines with more advanced harmonic concepts. Both Egan and Latham give Vic plenty of room as they hold down the musical fort. A great tune to end the CD on!

If you’re looking to hear some iconic rock tunes re-imagined, or you’re a fan of Vic or Mark or Karl individually or as a group, then I think this CD definitely needs to be checked out. After all each of those players ARE Living Standards and should be heard as well as seen!

NAMM 2017 Yamaha Drum Artist Family Picture

Very honored to be a member of the family of Yamaha Drum Artists, among so many heroes!


Great Hang At NAMM 2017

It was so great to see soooo many colleagues and friends in my musical family!!!

TY to all of my endorsement companies for your love and generosity

and it was a GREAT Honor to perform at the Legere Reeds/JodyJazz 2017 NAMM Jazz Jam as the “house” drummer for the jam…

28 different saxophonists from all over the world playing everything from latin to funk to LOTS of straight ahead 🙂

thanks for having me

And it is always a GREAT pleasure to hang with master musician and brother Andres Forero!

love HIM

The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2016

The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2016

The Best Jazz of 2016! – Os melhores do jazz em 2016

2016 Drums: 1. Zé Eduardo Nazario (“Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” w/ Grupo Um – Selo Sesc); 2. Steve Gadd (“Way Back Home – Live From Rochester, NY” – BFM Jazz); 3. Billy Hart (“The Broader Picture” – Enja); 4. Mauricio Zottarelli (“Chromatic Dialogues” w/ Gustavo Assis-Brasil – Anamria Records); 5. Drori Mondlak (“Of Mystery And Beauty” w/ Karolina Strassmayer – Lilypad Music); 6. Bobby Previte (“Early Americans” w/ Jane Ira Bloom – Outline); 7. Karl Latham (“Living Standards” – Dropzone Jazz Records); 8. Brian Andres (“This Could Be That” – Bacalo Records); 9. Joey Baron (“At This Time” w/Steve Kuhn – Sunnyside); 10. Jack DeJohnette (“In Movement” – ECM); 11. Peter Erskine (“All L.A. Band” w/ Bob Mintzer – Fuzzy Music); 12. Reggie Quinerly (“Avid Admirer – The Jimmy Knepper Project” w/ Reggie Watkins – Bynk Records); 13. Nate Smith (“Randy Pop!” w/ Randy Brecker – Piloo Records); 14. Jerome Jennings (“The Beast” – Iola Records); 15. Eric Harland (“1954” w/ Ricardo Grilli – Tone Rogue Records); 16. Bill Stewart (“Country For Old Men” w/ John Scofield – Impulse!)

The Best 25 Instrumental Jazz CDs

Randy Brecker: “Randy Pop!” (Piloo Records)

Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach: “Balladscapes” (Intuition)

Shunzo Ohno: “ReNew” (Pulsebeats Records)

Karolina Strassmayer & Drori Mondlak – Klaro: “Of Mystery And Beauty” (Lilypad Music)

Francisco Fattoruso: “Khronos” (Agadu/Cíclope)
Karl Latham w/ Mark Egan & Vic Juris: “Living Standards” (Dropzone Jazz Records)

Grupo Um: “Uma Lenda Ao Vivo” (Selo Sesc)

Wadada Leo Smith: “America’s National Parks” (Cuneiform Records)

Jane Ira Bloom: “Early Americans” (Outline)

Reggie Watkins: “Avid Admirer – The Jimmy Knepper Project” (Bynk Records)
Lupa Dantiago 4teto + Ed Neumeister: “Ubuntu” (Soundfinger)
Carlos Franzetti: “Argentum” (Sunnyside)

The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion: “The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” – Ward Records)

Brian Andres And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: “This Could Be That” (Bacalo Records)

Peggy Stern: “Z Octet” (Estrellas)

Andrea Brachfeld: “Lotus Blossom” (Jazzheads)

Gustavo Assis-Brasil: “Chromatic Dialogues” (Anamaria Records)

Russ Nolan: “Sanctuary From The Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12” (Rhinoceruss Music)

Roberta Piket: “One For Marian – Celebrating Marian McPartland” (Thirteenth Note Records)

Mark Little & Joe Caploe: “The Shed” (Windmill Valley Recording)

Alphawellenreiter: “Evolution” (Phonector)

Richie Cole: “Plays Ballads & Love Songs” (RCP)

Jerome Jennings: “The Beast” (Iola Records)

Ricardo Grilli: “1954” (Tone Rogue Records)

Jarrett Cherner Trio: “Expanding Heart” (Bald Hill Records)

2016 Electric Bass: 1. Mark Egan (“Living Standards” w/ Karl Latham – Dropzone Jazz Records); 2. Neil Jason (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – Ward Records); 3. Steve Swallow (“Andando El Tiempo” w/ Carla Bley – ECM); 4. Francisco Fattoruso (“Khronos” – Agadu/Cíclope); 5. John Patitucci (“Randy Pop!” w/ Randy Brecker – Pillo Records); 6. Aaron Germain (“This Could Be That” w/ Brian Anders And The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel – Bacalo Records); 7. Anthony Jackson (“Spark” w/ Hiromi – Telarc); 8. Matthew Garrison (“In Movement” w/ Jack DeJohnette – ECM); 9. Jimmy Johnson (“Way Back Home – Live From Rochester, NY” w/ Steve Gadd Band – BFM Jazz); 10. Dezron Douglas (“Wax & Wane” w/ Brandee Younger – Revive Music); 11. Tony Grey (“Chromatic Dialogues” w/ Gustavo Assis-Brasil – Anamaria Records)

2016 Electric Guitar: 1. Barry Finnerty (“The Heavy Metal Bebop Tour ’14 In Japan” w/ The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion – Ward Records); 2. Vic Juris (“Living Standards” w/ Karl Latham – Dropzone Jazz Records); 3. Pat Metheny (“The Unity Sessions” – Nonesuch); 4. Ricardo Grilli (“1954” – Tone Rogue Records); 5. Lupa Santiago (“Ubuntu” – Soundfinger); 6. Gustavo Assis-Brasil (“Chromatic Dialogues” – Anamaria Records); 7. Dirk Bell (“Evolution” w/ Alphawellenreiter – Phonector); 8. Peter Bernstein (“Let Loose” – Smoke Sessions); 9. John Scofield (“Country For Old Men” – Impulse!); 10. Eric Susoeff (“Plays Ballads & Love Songs” w/ Richie Cole – RCP); 11. Fabrizio Sotti (“Forty” – Sotti Entertainment)