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Playing for Glenn Becks Christmas Party!

Wow,the Brett Laquercia Group played at Glenn Beck's Christmas party for his company Mercury Radio Arts tonight!  It was an incredible experience and one that I intuitively feel will be a springboard for us. We shall see.  The client's comments about the Group were: "You were everything we wanted, and even more!"  Feeling grateful. Thank you to the beautiful and talented Rebecca Hackl atTrifecta Events, who hired us and managed the entire affair,Thank you to CN Catering

Debut at the Balcony Club

Awesome night at the Balcony Club last night for Halloween 2014 with Shelton Summons on Keys, Ethan Worland on Drums and Chip Davis on Bass, splitting the duties with Walter Nelson.  Also a thank you to Juan Anthony Reyes for sitting in on trumpet, and Scott Bucklin for sitting in on Keys. If you were there, we appreciate you and you know about the "magic space" we created for you last night.  If you missed it, get on our e-list at www.brettlaquerciamusic.com so we can invite you to future gigs.

In the studio with Eric WIllis

It was a unique and wonderful, musical night.  I had a meeting planned with the great pianist and producer Eric Willis here in Dallas.  We met to discuss collaboration.  I ended up getting a song "out" of me that had been half written for a while.  I completed writing it tonight with Eric's encouragement, and advice, and then we recorded it and he mastered it.  It was really an amazing experience for me.  I feel very grateful.  Thank you Eric Willis.

Working on New Stuff and Starting at Table 13

I am working with Scott Bucklin "fixing" my book, i.e. tweaking my charts to get the arranges to just what I want them to, but also to write up new material that I've been wanting to do.  I am feeling "fulfilled," literally.  Also, I just agreed to one Saturday a month for the next 6 months at the hottest new Jazz venue in town, Table 13. I am excited!

My Jazz column in Platinum Urban Magazine about DFW's Breggett Rideau

I am so pleased to post the article I wrote recently about one of Dallas' finest Singer/Bandleaders Breggett Rideau, in DFW's Platinum Urban Magazine.  It is posted here on my Website.  Please visit Breggett's Website and also check out Platinum Urban Magazine.  Check back here for more articles on DFW's incredible Jazz talent.

A night to remember

On Saturday night, January 18th, I had a gig at the new Kitchen Cafe, run by Tony Hakim, here in Dallas.  He is loved by the musician community.  A gentle guy with a good heart, a voice like James Taylor, and now a restaurateur. The Kitchen is fast becoming a musicians' hang where the most established names in Dallas Jazz (which is a vibrant and very dynamic scene) come to play and hang out.

The Kitchen is what I call a "listening room" where people come to eat and drink with friends, but with the primary interest of listening to the music and watching the show.

My new Jazz Column in Platinum Urban Magazine

I am excited to announce that I just submitted the first of the Jazz columns I am writing for Platinum Urban Magazine.  This first one is on my friend, chanteuse, songwriter and good person Breggett Rideau.  I will announce when it is published, but as a writer, I am grateful to be able to expand my outlet to this opportunity.  Love to you all!

New recordings on the Website

OK, so I recently bought a new recording device for our gigs.  AXoom H4n.  I didn't take it out of the box in time for our last gig at the Mansion, although I I bought it the day of.  No excuse... However, this past Friday I brought it to the gig and believe it or not, pulled it out of the box kind of "on the fly" and set it up, pressed a few buttons, and voila! I have some nice new recordings.  I stayed up waaaay too late last night editing tunes out of the master recordings, and for your listening pleasure I have uploaded a cut from "Fever" to the Website last night.

Ross Perot and Jon Adams at the gig

I think it was in the middle of the second set, Ross Perot walks right by the stage last night at the Mansion, looks at me and give me a salute, and keeps on going.  Then he came back the other way.  Not sure if he was sitting in the corner with his entourage, or in the restaurant.  Then later in the third set, Dallas' own Jon Adams, our resident superstar bassist, walks in and honors us with his presence, after his own gig.  An awesome night, it was.

Amazing night at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

What a night!  Dana Sudborough on Vibes, Aaron West on Keys, Chris Holmes on Drums, Young Heo on Bass and Sabre Ray on Percussion.  On one of our breaks I said to young Christopher that I have taken to putting large numbers of tunes into our sets, so that I have lots to select from.  I explained that I "custom-select" each tune for the demographic, the vibe, the feel in the room at that very moment.  It was a night of outstanding song selection.  It's one of the key's to what creates a grooving experience for everybody in the room.
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