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What I'm Listening to:

August 2020

Round Again, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Brian Blade


May 2020

Wayne Escofferey, The Humble Warrior (2020, Smoke Records)

Jimmy Greene, While Looking Up

Theo Hill, Promethean

Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane

Mark Turner, Mark Turner

Joe Lovano, Monk's Mood




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I had fun with this one! Thanks to my brother Austin Cassity for the videography and editing. This was for the release of "Evolve."

I had a blast playing with this trio (Clark Sommers and Greg Artry) and can't wait to do more projects with them!

This is a song by the great Carl Allen written in memory of Roy Hargrove, titled "Roy's Joy", 


May 21, 2020


Little did I know this trip to Istanbul In February would be my last tour for an indefinite amount of time. Istanbul is a beautiful country, with a unique merging of European and Middle Eastern cultures.  This was my second or third time there... I can't recall, but I always have a great time. The audience showed us a lot of love and I cherish traveling with the Dizzy Gillespie Latin Experience which is a family in itself since we've been together nearly 10 years now.


Reflecting on this trip, I'm so glad for this outing before becoming full time- working-stay at home- mom. All of which I'm also grateful for, but it's a very different existence. Following this tour my next stops were supposed to be China, New York, Wisconsin and Cuba--of course, none of which materialized due to Covid-19. I'm not sure when this tour life will pick up again, it may take some time. In the meantime, I'll be vigilantly making music in my home. Stay strong everyone and hope to see you soon, wherever you are! :P


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