An update from MC Shoehorn, December 2015

Well, the year started in Spokane, Washington when I launched a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in the wee hours of January 1st after performing there the evening before. The kickstarter was successful and I raised the money to get my project started. The result is a new CD and a new DVD documenting some of my repertoire and recent work. The CD is titled "Wingin' It" and it features 3 outstanding percussionists, plus bass and keys, backing up my sax and tap. Later my daughter Eileen overdubbed voice on two originals and I dropped a vocal on "42nd Sreet". The DVD is titled "Dances with Instruments" which is also the title of one of the solo shows I perform. The DVD starts with a bunch of the "Dances with Instruments" solo numbers, with tap and a variety of horns and percussion and e-tap™. I had a great group of musicians to work with on the "Wingin It" CD and there are two songs from the recording session represented on the DVD. Finally, I close the DVD with a video tutorial on how to build your own Tappercussion™ e-tap™ electric tap instrument, using simple tools and materials. I hope other artists will carry on with this instrument and unleash its greater potential. After a busy summer with some touring as well as local gigs, I headed to New York to visit my other daughter who goes to college there, with a side trip to Denmark to visit an ailing friend, and side trips to visit other relatives in the East, and do a couple of gigs. Today I played a private event and I am still booking those type of things, BTW, and FYI! Here is the info about a few shows coming up which are open to the public: 12/03/15- 5-7pm Goorin Brothers Hat Shop, 808 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR MC Shoehorn Duo with Martin Zarzar. (Sr. Zarzar played drums on the CD) 12/03/15- 8pm Classic Pianos 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202 Festival of the Unknown- Shoehorn opens the show, with other groups to follow, free jazz improv. All ages, $10 12/06/15 11:30am to 1:30pm Portland Saturday Market- Shoehorn's Holiday Jingles 12/08/15 7:30pm-10:30pm Coyote's Bar & Grill 5301 W Baseline Rd, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 Jazz Night with Laura Cunard featuring MC Shoehorn This will be a fun night playing jazz with Laura and her crew! 12/17/15 11:30am to 1:30pm Portland Saturday Market- Shoehorn's Holiday Jingles The kickstarter did not cover the total expense of my productions and I am working to pay down the balance on the projects. You can help by ordering a CD and DVD. If I get enough orders I will even do another round of T-Shirts. You may also commission a custom piece of glass art such as the piece pictured in this email, which I craft in our home studio. It is possible to simply donate if that works for you- there is a paypal button on my website's home page. THANK YOU! Coming soon: a "Best of" compilation of tunes from my out-of-print CDs from the 1990s.

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