So far, so good, 2011! Per usual, here’s a long overdue update from yours truly….but i’ve got an excuse…
In December I became a Dad for the 1st time! Between the truly amazing ride of caring for our newborn son during his 1st year, & the amount of gigs I’ve been fortunate to play – as well as teaching privately…I’ve been busier than I’ve ever been. I know I’ve not been updating the ‘gigs’ page here as regularly as I should, but I’m working on it. I’m also on ‘Twitter’ (stevechag), ‘Facebook’ & ‘LinkedIn’ (though not as regularly) & do try to send out periodic live performance updates though those networks.
~ ~ As my son is down for his 1st nap of the day, I’m quickly attempting to type up this brief update ~ ~
1st off, “shout outs” for being able to fill the calendar with some truly awesome musicians [& people] so far this year. Prominently in my mind right now//to name a few: Jody Blackwell; Michael Payette & Cassandre McKinley; Myanna; Chris Stovall Brown; Alizon Lissance; Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson; Dave Sag’s Blues Party (most recently w/Boston legend Willie Loco Alexander); “The Regal Queen of the Blues” – Shirley Lewis; Thomas Hebb; Celia Slattery; Orville Giddings; Greg Luttrell, Ben Zecker, Natalie Fernandez, & Vinny Briguglio (the Redline crew); & of course my own little jazz group the Tough Love Trio – most recently w/special guest saxophonist Danny Harrington. [...Apologies if I've left anyone out....it's early in the morning ...]
I mentioned Jody Blackwell above. Her new album, ‘Come and Gone’, is OUT, it is FANTASTIC, & I’m honored to have been a part of it. DO check it out: here . I may have mentioned this before, but not only does Jody write & sing beautifully, she’s got an awesome cast of characters playing on her new album…. guitarists Mike Mele & Duke Levine; Hammond B3 organist Ken Clark; bassist Joe McMahon…. There will be some more gigs with Jody coming up (& I’ll be sure to put them up this site).
I’m also doing some more session work this year (particularly at the fabulous Zippah studio) – - and most recently with Boston singer/songwriter Ted Hu. The compositions Ted had me record were quite challenging, but in the end very rewarding. When his album his completed & released, I’ll be sure to mention it here.
Dad has to run now! Until soon….
- 06/20/13 Steve Chaggaris in Beverly, MA at The Spotlight Tavern
- 06/21/13 Steve Chaggaris in PORTSMOUTH, NH at THE PRESS ROOM
- 06/22/13 Steve Chaggaris in Boston, MA at Private Event @ Langham Hotel
- 06/23/13 Steve Chaggaris in AMESBURY, MA at UNITY ON THE RIVER
- 06/25/13 Steve Chaggaris in Boston, MA at Private Event @ JFK Library