10.11.17Jerry Douglas Tour
I am really excited to join The Jerry Douglas Band on their west coast run in November. I\'m filling in for my good friend and incredible saxophonist, Jamel Mitchell. I have been a huge fan of Jerry\'s playing for a long time and I can\'t wait to play some music with him and the rest of his incredible band. Come out and say hello!
05.13.15Vandoren Performing Artist
I am extremely excited, honored and humbled to be added to the roster of Vandoren Performance Artists.
I have played their mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures for years and think they give me the best opportunity to find my voice on my horns.
Please check them out and support Vandoren!
07.02.11Time Gone By is now available on Itunes!
It's here! For those of you who were patiently waiting for the record to be available on Itunes, wait no more! If you are interested in picking up a physical copy, please let me know. Also, if it's not too much trouble, please leave some feedback on Itunes telling me your thoughts on the album! Click on the link below to go to Itunes.
06.13.11Time Gone By is now available!
Here is information on how to order a physical copy of Time Gone By.
The easiest way is to e-mail me. Go to the Contact page and send me an e-mail. I will then send you a link that deals with me directly to get you a CD.
The second way is to order it through CD Baby. Just follow the link below and order!
To make things easier, you can go to the "Links" section, which will lead you to Itunes or CD Baby.
Thank you for all of your support!
05.19.11CD Release Party - June 10-11, 2011. Churchill Grounds
Come celebrate the release of my new record, "Time Gone By," at Churchill Grounds on June 10th and 11th.
Featuring compositions by Mace Hibbard and Louis Heriveaux.
Hope to see you there!
09.06.10Recordings, Recordings, and more Recordings!
So far this year, I have had the pleasure to play on a number of albums that will hopefully be released soon. I feel extremely lucky to have been asked to be a part of all of the projects.
First, I've been involved in Yonrico Scott's new album. Yornico is a world class drummer who is known for his work in the Derek Trucks Band. Along with Todd Smallie, and Kofi Burbridge, we recorded three of my original songs. Yonrico has also written some new material that is great. Look for the album in early 2011.
For the last year, I have had the pleasure to play in Joe Gransden's Big Band. In July, the band recorded two live performances. It's a great band with Atlanta's finest musicians and led by Joe on trumpet and vocals. Look for it to be released in the Fall of 2010.
Melvin Jones, who has played in my quintet for many years, just finished laying down the tracks for his debut album on Turnaround Records. Melvin's writing and playing is impeccable and he is backed by a star-studded cast. The album will include Louis Heriveaux, Brian Hogans, Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson, Terreon Gully, Lil' John Roberts, Mike Burton, and Jeff Bradshaw. I am also honored that Melvin asked me to contribute a couple of my original tunes to the album. Look for it to be released in 2011.
Hot Shoe Records, based in Atlanta, is set to record and release of Atlanta's top saxophonists. Along with Sam Sketon, Brian Hogans, and Gary Harris, we will go into the studio in mid-September to record a combination of standards and originals. Look for it to be released in 2011.
And finally, my band has gone back into the studio to record the followup to "When Last We Me." It will feature my regular working band: Melvin Jones, Louis Heriveaux, Marc Miller, and Justin Varnes. Please keep a look out for it towards the end of 2010 or early 2011.
02.01.10The Derek Trucks Band wins a Grammy Award!
The Derek Trucks Band won the 2010 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Already Free! I had the honor of playing on the album as well as arranging the horn parts. Congratulations to the entire Derek Trucks Band family!
06.05.08Review of Mace Hibbard Quartet at the Jazz Factory
MACE HIBBARD AT THE JAZZ FACTORY
By: Martin Z. Kasdan Jr.
Atlanta-based saxophonist Mace Hibbard sought to broaden his fan base by playing the Jazz Factory. Unfortunately, Hibbard's first appearance, on Saturday, March 15, was also his last at this venue, following the then-new announcement of the club's closure in two weeks. He brought with him bassist Marc Miller and drummer Justin Varnes and was pleased to reunite with an old colleague, pianist Steve Snyder, now teaching at Morehead State University here in Kentucky. Throughout his sets, Hibbard relied primarily on his own compositions, but also mixed in other composers' works as well. He was very personable, especially when telling the audience about the background of his original pieces. A special treat was the lesser-known Wayne Shorter composition "Deluge" in the first set. He introduced his own "Lullaby for Alex" by saying it was his mother's favorite composition. Varnes' brushwork was tasty and Snyder demonstrated his prowess in an unaccompanied piano solo, which was slow and deliberate. The group paid its collective respect to the standard repertoire with "You and the Night and the Music" before closing the first set with another Hibbard piece, the rollicking "Just a Little Harmless Fun."
The second set opener, "Captain Caveman," was fast-paced and full of energy. Another original followed, "Time Gone By," a waltz-time ballad with impassioned soloing by Hibbard. He switched from alto to soprano for another original, "When Last We Met," before performing the Willie Nelson classic "You Were Always on My Mind," which was crowd-pleasing without being condescending. After two more songs, Hibbard introduced Varnes' composition "One for 44," which allowed the drummer to let loose his inner Elvin. The closing Hibbard original, "My Prayer," was a soprano/piano duet, which could also work as a lullaby. If we still had the Jazz Factory, it seems likely that Hibbard would be a contender for a return engagement based on his top-notch performance this evening.
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