New Year, new gear, new music, new shows – YES!

2012 is here and I’m already behind but I wanted to jot down a quick note about what’s coming up this year –

New gear – as usual I’ve acquired a few new cymbals over the past year thanks to my pal Bob Rupp  at Sabian and I’ll be working those into the live rotation this year.  Some HHX, AAX, OMNI and prototypes that are all pretty cool.

Music! The new Mike Mangione release rounded out nicely in mixing at the end of last year and went off to be mastered in December. We haven’t decided on a release date yet but new songs are creeping into the live set and people seem to really like them.  Also, working on both the new Sulek and Justin  Heron releases (even playing some bass!) and those should come out some time this year.

Shows – lots of upcoming shows with Mike Mangione and The Union as well as some shows here and there with my pals in Sulek and Justin Heron.

MMTU dates can be found here: and I’ll try to keep updates on the others as they arise.

Speaking of new and live – here’s Mike Mangione & The Union live on WGN America (and local Chicago channel 9) previewing a song called Burn in My Belly.  Enjoy!

Mike Mangione and The Union in the WGN TV Midday Music Lounge