Thank you to all of you for your support, votes, and consideration for "Episodes of An Aquarius" for the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. It was a long shot for a nomination, but I wanted to thank all of those who had such kind things to say about the album:
I'm listening to episodes of aquarius and what a STUNNING opening! The violinist is incredible! I love this!!! I don't hear much violin lead in the jazz category and I'm so into it!I'm so glad I saw this now
Thank you for the CD Justin. I'm finally getting a chance to really listen to it. It's excellent in every way - full of deep sentiment, good taste, wonderful solos and accompaniment, cool arrangements and great production. . . . And the painting!!?? Didn't even know that side of Miss Cava who already was on my most talented persons I've ever met list! I love homegrown projects like this that exude quality from every angle. Congrats to all.
Listening to your submissions now. So beautiful! "Episodes of an Aquarius: The 25th Street Sessions" is perfect Sunday morning music. Its a joy. Thank you!
Justin's violin on Dont Get Around Much Anymore...very cool! added all on spotify and listening
I also loved Justin's amazing violin on "Episodes of an Aquarius." The whole album is exquisite. The production on all three albums is top notch... you are a quite a producer! It's very interesting to me that Justin's last name is Ouellet. My producer is EJ Ouellette, who is also a wonderful violinist. The two of them should definitely meet! Such a unique last name, with only one letter difference. Wishing you the best of luck with all of your projects! All my best-
BZ and I met on FB during the FYC campaigning so I went to check out your album and saw Nuages which caught my eye immediately, as we do that song every time Fabrice and I do Gypsy Jazz gigs that I sing in French, mais oui :) Then I saw For Sephora, and Don't Get Around Much Anymore and of course, needed to know more about you. You never know what you are going to find during the FYC campaign. It's a pleasure to e-meet you and hear you. Your playing is wonderful! You definitely understand the Grappelli and Jazz Manouche spirit. It's so great meeting new people who play this style.
I just wanted to let you know how great your playing is and how much I am enjoying your album. I'm playing it right now. Stay in touch via email and/or FB as I'd like to keep you in mind the next time we record and need some violin.
After many, many, months, days, minutes, seconds, my DEBUT ALBUM "Episodes of an Aquarius" is finally out digitally on CDBABY (click the album above). I am happy to share that it took a village to make this possible. I would like to acknowledge the following people in no particular order for helping bring to life my vision musically and logistically, for being there when I needed a lending hand, for keeping calm when I was not, for the positive and constructive feedback, for the humor, and
of course just having a grand old time.
Ann Moss, My Love, Thank you for being there every step of the way during this musical journey, for your unconditional support and wisdom & helping me trust my gut in making the hard choices when it comes to making art. I am forever grateful.
bz lewis and Jeff Kolhede, thank you for your brilliant work during the editing, mixing and mastering process on my first solo project. I could not have done it without you and, hell, thank you both for all the countless hours of humor you brought to the table along the way.
Joe Kyle Jr., thank you for your continued support, groovy bass lines, and always
telling me how it is with a twinge of sarcasm.
Patrick Anseth, Thank you for the colors you brought to the project as a guitarist and for being there as a friend. You always pushing me to be a better musician. Thanks for reminding me how much I love jazz
and for always being down to make music, even when there’s only 5 minutes to spare!
Marlon Aldana, Thank you for your clarity in the moment, for always bringing your A game creatively, for making those percussive sounds come to life, and for following me down the creative rabbit hole.
Cava Menzies, Thank you for always believing in me and showing me its okay to go off script, for your constant output of creativity and for helping me bring my ideas to life. And of course, Thank you for the beautiful ALBUM ART Colorqueen (Cava Menzies)
Rob Reich, I am always astounded by your musicality and poise when we play together. Thank you for your willingness to make music with me and for bringing the Kurt Weill to life.
Lastly, I’d like to thank the following people who helped fund this project:
Tom Driscoll & Nancy Quinn
Leslie Ann Jones
Rick & Sharon Boyer
Fred Mattison & Anne Davidson Barr
Kathleen & Larry Angus
And Lastly, Due to a generous donation by Nancy Quinn, Hard Copy CD's are available. Please contact me if you would like to purchase them. In the meantime, the album is available on all digital platforms for purchase or streaming,
Thank you Village!!!!