Gugenheim fellowship recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award
recipient of the 2009 Gugenheim fellowship award

Jazz-Chamber Music, Vol 1. Lyric

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"Goodbye, Friend" is dedicated to the memory of Eric Von Essen. "Hope, in the Face of Despair" was inspired by Art Spiegelman's "Maus"

Thanks, first of all, to Larry, Bob, Carol, Scott, Brian, Jimmy, and Smitty. You put your hearts, souls and minds into this project. I am forever in your debt.

Thanks to: my family - Holly, Aaron, Carson, Joy and Kirsten. Rich Breen for beautifully capturing the sound of the group. Mark Robertson for your beautiful playing and invaluable help in organizing this incredible string group. Pam, Barbara, Rick, Dave and Patrick for your great musicianship. Harold and the rest of the staff at O'Henry. Bobby Colomby for your support and good advice. Thanks to everyone else I forgot to mention.

"Into the Light"  won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition at the 48th annual Grammy awards

An ArtistShare fan-funded project
In Carson's Eyes
Goodbye, Friend
Into The Light Listen!
Prelude In Bb Major
The Old Man Tells His Story
Hope, In The Face Of Despair
Scarborough Faire
American Landscape


Billy Childs - piano
Larry Koonse - acoustic guitars (nylon, steel string)
Bob Sheppard - soprano and alto sax, alto flute, Bb clarinet
Carol Robbins - harp
Scott Colley - acoustic bass (#1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8)
Brian Blade - drums (#1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Jimmy Johnson - electric bass (#3, 7, 9)
Marvin "Smitty" Smith - drums (#3, 9)

Mark Robertson - 1st violin
E. Samuel Fischer - 2nd violin
Shanti Randall - viola
Victor Lawrence - cello

Pamela Vliek - flute
Barbara Northcutt - oboe
Richard Todd - French horn
David Breidenthal - bassoon

Patrick Gandy - conductor on "The Old Man Tells His Story"

Jazz-Chamber Music, Vol 1. Lyric
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