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THE NUDE POPES AT THE RODEO BAR JULY 29 AT 9PM - TWO SETS

i just got back from a two week arist residency at the ucross foundation in wyoming.  two weeks of uninterrupted time to work on whatever i wanted.  and so i practiced ever day on a beautiful yamaha C3 and worked on my book of stories i'm calling, 50,000 bonghits.  i also wrote arrangements for the record of rock songs i'm doing with my trio for the smalls live record label in the fall.  it will of course be recorded live at smalls.  i also got started on a collection of new trio pieces inspired by my beautiful surroundings in the high plains.  it was a life changing experience or at least i thought so at the time.  let's see if i can make the habits i formed stick and actually change my life from an inactive, overweight suburbanite with a 3-year-old, a cushy restaurant gig and no direction, back into the productive artist i once was.  i owe the foundation a debt of gratitudefor selecting me and giving me a much needed kick in the butt.  

the 52 episode television show i shot in the summer with bari koral for the veria network called, yogapalooza will air sometime in the fall.  i played the on-screen paul shaffer side-kick, wrote all the underscoring and was the musical director.  our new album, the apple tree and the honey bee, recorded in nashville and produced by brad jones, came out in may.  i played bass, piano, organ, wurly and vibes and sing some background vox on it and co-wrote one of the songs.

THE FORMER MEMBERS have just finished another 14 shows in 14 days tour of the uk.  that's impressive for guys not in their 60's.   every cat in the band played at monterey pop in '67 - bruce barthol and david cohen were w/ COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH, roy blumenthal w/ THE BLUES PROJECT and greg douglas w/ THE STEVE MILLER BAND, LINK WRAY, HOT TUNA and VAN MORRISON.  their debut recording is available on their website - recorded at hyde st. studios in sf, i produced and ben rubin mixed.

speaking of san fran...the sf jazz ctr has opened at franklin and fell and what do you know, they put my name on the bldg right above chris botti and right below dave holland. you can also see donny mccaslin's last name in the photo, an sf sax legend and super great cat.  it is truly an honor.

and since september, 2012 and till further notice i play solo piano on a beautiful steinway m at del posto in chelsea 4 nights a week (typically, thurs-sun but kurt wieting and i switch it up sometimes), 7-11pm.  it is the country's only 4-star italian restaurant, lidia and joe bastianich/mario batali, owners.  
CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS: annie ross, tony bennett, iggy pop, robert redford, the president of gabon, bill clinton, mike myers, matt stone, olivia harrison, yoko ono, tim finchem, garrison keillor (2x), anthony zerbe, michael symon, gordon ramsey, lou reed (2x), kim catrell, chole sevigny, les claypool, don rickles, savion glover, samantha mathis (3x), john legend, julianne moore, howie long, mark mothersbaugh, lady gaga, savion glover, don rickles, barbra streisand, kirk hammet, beck, jonathan cain.

 


 

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the dred scott trio/going nowhere

the dred scott trio/going nowhere

this is my last trio recording.  it's from 2012.  ben rubin, bass.  tony mason, drums.  i wrote all the tunes but one and took the cover photo.  

'This longtime working band, led by the sly pianist- raconteur Dred Scott, recently released “Going Nowhere” (Ropeadope), a good showcase for its puckish but aggressive take on postbop aerodynamics.' ny times

  1.  66 6ths
  2.  final resting place
  3.  apropos of nothing
  4.  mojo rhythm (son of yaah!)
  5.  press play
  6.  schneidleweiss
  7.  that lick i invented
  8.  seven steps to heaven (feldman)
dred scott - prepared piano

dred scott - prepared piano

 my first solo piano recording - improvisations on a modified schafer and sons.  live takes.  no overdubs.  no editing. 

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  • dred

    dred bay ridge, ny

    thanks, chip!!
    thanks, chip!!
  • Chip Watterson

    Chip Watterson Bayport, NY

    Saw you at Clovis Point vineyards. Really great gig despite having to play a distressed baby grand. You are awesome!
    Saw you at Clovis Point vineyards. Really great gig despite having to play a distressed baby grand.
    You are awesome!

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