By leading differing bands and embracing varied performance settings, Earl keeps himself artistically fresh and energized. Click on any of the band names below for an expanded description and rosters.
Yankee Gumbo is Earl’s 10-piece ensemble, comprised of 4 brass, 3 saxophones, and rhythm section. This band is featured on his award-winning “Open Borders” CD. Imagine the Birth of the Cool turbo charged.
“Hard Bop with a twist” is how one might describe this unique jazz sextet with a front line of alto sax, trumpet and trombone.
The Creative Opportunity Workshop serves as Earl’s personal playground for experimentation and fusions. The instrumentation of cello, saxophone, piano and percussion is stunning, if not startlingly original.
When Felipe Salles and Earl collaborate, sparks fly. Their full throttle, technically aggressive improvisations evoke John Coltrane’s Quartet and Cedar Walton’s Eastern Rebellion. In short, if jazz were an olympic event, this quartet would be a gold medal contender.
Sometimes a pianist just needs to return to his roots and allow his influences to shine through. Having grown up listening to Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and the Three Sounds, Earl still loves playing in the trio format of piano, string bass and drums.
Of the various performance settings, playing solo is perhaps the most challenging for any musician. Having had his fill of playing “cocktail piano gigs” where the audience is more interested in conversing than listening, Earl now only performs solo in formalized concerts.
This guitar/piano duo is Earl’s outlet for playing straight-ahead, unadulterated, swingin’ jazz. Consequently, their repertoire draws from the American Songbook and jazz standards.
With the Jazz Lauds band Earl can fully integrate two of his foremost pursuits — jazz and his Christian faith. The band performs reimagined hymns and worship song arrangements, usually within the context of a church service.
Earl’s Jazz for Joy Quintet preserves the long-standing tradition of jazz musicians performing ultra-hip renditions of seasonal Christmas tunes. “Yule” certainly dig this swingin’ band, come December.