Dear friends,
Hello there! I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer so far. My apologies for not keeping you abreast of my goings on for so long. I’ve been in a transitional period with my newsletter person  and needed to revamp and restructure a few things. SO….. here’s what I’ve been up to and all the amazing things that lie ahead.


I recently had the privilege of playing at Katie Couric’s wedding at her posh Hamptons estate with my musical partner-in-crime, Steve Benson and an incredible young cellist named @Greg Byers (www.gregbyersmusic.com). It was a fun mix of Beatles, Bach, Beach Boys, and plenty of standards. A real blast and her and her husband John were very particular with their musical requests and a really fun couple to play for. Congratulations to the newlyweds and wishing them best of luck!


JD MWROC 2013b
From July 14th-19th, I will be teaching once again at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp. (www.mwroc.com) In Olathe, KS.
I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again and again and again: This is an INCREDIBLE 5 days of music, camaraderie, and inspiration! I cannot recommend this camp enough for (especially) string players, guitarists, drummers, singers, musical educators, and musicians in general. Other faculty all-stars include the incredible @Rachel Barton Pine, Daniel Bernard Roumaine (@dbr), @Tracy Silverman, and many more! I’m not just raving because I’m on the faculty (hee hee). Folks, this is the real deal! It’s STILL not too late to register. Please check it out!
Although the focus of the camp is to educate and inspire string players to “plug in” and break out of the classical box, this camp is NOT just for string players. Singers and all instrumentalists are welcome! Topics covered are arranging, theory, alternative techniques, recording technology, stage presence, music business, and much more…. plus plenty of opportunities to perform and blow everyone away!
Saturday, July 20th: Clinic/performance at Vance Music
I will be giving an improvisation clinic (all instruments welcome!) and solo performance at Vance Music in Wichita, KS
July 21-26, I join my wife, son, and daughter in Vail, CO, where the NY Philharmonic does a residency every year. Spending some down time with the kids while Yulia is busy rehearsing and performing, then it’s off to St Martin for our annual family vacation!



Grand Canyon Music Festival/Scholl of Rock 

For the 14th year, I will be returning to the Grand Canyon Music Festival August 25-29, with an August 28th performance at the Shrine of the Ages (South Rim) With harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio (www.robertbonfiglio.com)and guitar guru Steve Benson. Also involved with the festival will be the Catalyst String Quartet (http://www.catalystquartet.com) @ethelcentral.
and New Music string band Ethel (www.ethelcentral.org)
Check out the website for more info and tickets:
This also marks the 8th annual School of Rock, a one-week workshop I co-founded where Steve and I teach local canyon kids how to form a band and rock out. We put together a full concert in merely 4 days and it is truly exhilarating!


Upcoming Stratospheerius Shows

Thursday, September 18th
Performing with Stratospheerius
The Shrine
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10030
Pontus Gunve (Swedish guitarist/composer) 8 PM
Jeremy Beck Band (10 PM) (singer/songwriter/organist)
Stratospheerius is:
Joe Deninzon-electric violin/lead vocals
Lucianna Padmore-drums
Aurelien Budynek-guitar
Jamie Bishop-bass


Sweet Plantain Sweden tour and more!

sweet plantain 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, Sweet Plantain welcomes our new cellist, Wayne Smith, and will be embarking on a 20-town tour of Sweden, followed by some dates in the Midwest in early November. Stay tuned and visit our website for updated information. here is everything we can tell you so far:
Upcoming shows:

Date                     Time           Venue                                                        City

9-27                                  16.00                    Pingstkyrkan                                                                             Uddevalla

9-28                                   18.00                    Biblioteket                                                                                  Båstad

9-29                               19.00                    Dunkers Kulturhus                                                                    Helsingborg

9-30                                    19.00                    Artisten                                                                                      Göteborg

10-2                                    19.00                    Wallenbergssalen                                                                     Linköping

10-4                                  16.00                    Söderportkyrkan                                                                       Tingsryd

10-5                                   16.00                    Utvandrarnas hus                                                                     Växjö

10-6                                  t.b.c.                     Hall to be confirmed                                                                 Vänersborg

10-7                                    19.30                    Festsalen, Folkets hus                                                             Vänersborg

10-8                                   17.30-18.15         Musikskolan, Workshop                                                          Arboga

10-8                                  19.00                    Musikskolan, Concert                                                              Arboga

10-12                                16.00                    Nyköpings teater                                                                       Nyköping

10-15                                  19.00                    Svegs kyrka                                                                              Sveg

10-16                                t.b.c.                     Hall t.b.c., School concert                                                        Östersund

10-16                               19.00                    Gamla Teatern                                                                          Östersund

10-18                                  16.00                    Baptistkyrkan                                                                            Hudviksvall

10-19                                 t.b.c.                     Hall t.b.c. School concert                                                         Sandviken

10-21                                 19.00                    Musikverket, Kulturcentrum, Concert                                     Sandviken

10-22                                  19.00                    Västerås Konserthus, lilla salen                                              Västerås


Sweet PLantain is:

Joe Deninzon-violin/vocals/mandolin

Eddie Venegas-violin/trombone

Orlando Wells-viola

Wayne Smith-cello


Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you all at a show in the near future.


Love and blessings,