Collaboration in Isolation

The music on this page has been recorded during the coronavirus shutdown of Spring 2020, as an online collaboration of musicians all over the country who have kindly contributed their talents pro bono to this project. What's remarkable about this music is the way it was created: each musician recorded their parts at home and sent them to me to assemble. Magda tracked her bass part in Brooklyn NY, Larry recorded his saxes and woodwinds in Richmond CA, and so on! I collated them in Berkeley CA, and Howard Lindeman mixed in North Carolina. We live in an amazing time, and the creativity of these individuals will not be gainsaid by the circumstances.

The impetus for this project came from Jeremy Goodman's Facebook group Collaboration in Isolation!: Pandemic Pandemonium. If you're a musician looking for collaborators during the shutdown, check it out!

The tracks:

The contributors:

Some of these folks are old friends, some are new to me, but all of them stepped up when asked to contribute their talents​ to this project, and I am extremely grateful to them and proud of our work. No one got paid to do this, and the music is posted here for your enjoyment. If you are moved to donate to a charity to reward our efforts,  consider donating to Heart to Heart

Adam Theis is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, bandleader and composer based in Oakland, CA who plays trombone, trumpet, tuba, bass, keyboards and many other instruments. Adam has been an active member of the Bay Area music scene for the past 25 years. In 2000 Theis co-founded Jazz Mafia, an eclectic artist-collective of some of the most forward-thinking and accomplished players in the fields of Electro, Hip-Hop, World, Classical and of course, Jazz. As Jazz Mafia’s director, Adam has assembled over 100 different live projects over the past 16 years and led/co-led dozens of acclaimed bands including: The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (Live/Hip-Hop Crossover), Realistic Orchestra (futuristic Big Band), Cosa Nostra Strings (Classical/Jazz Crossover), Subharmonic (electro/jazz), Brass Mafia (Brass Band) and the 50 piece Jazz Mafia Symphony.

Rich Armstrong is a Bay Area touring multi-instrumentalist known for his work with artists such as Boz Scaggs, train, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Lyrics Born, Thomas Dolby, and Tony!Toni!Toné!.   He is also the bandleader of the 415s, one of the Bay’s top cover bands.  His primary instrument is the trumpet, on which he is classically trained. His love of touring started as payed support for the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra, with tours of Asia and Europe.  He went on to tour the world for 15 years as Michelle Shocked’s sideman and musical director,  playing major festivals and club dates all around the world.   He is a dedicated father, and raising his daughter Anika has become the focus of his life, which led to him becoming a band director and teacher of music in her Waldorf School.  His love of live music has kept him busy as a major player in over 10 of the top working bands in the Bay Area.  He has created videos showcasing his many ensembles during this worldwide lockdown, and is proud to be a part of this big band project.  Watch now: Head 2 Higher Ground, Jeep's Blues, Kind and Generous, and Quarantivity

Howard “Howie” Lindeman (mix engineer) started at The Record Plant recording studios NYC in 1974. His career as a Producer and Recording Engineer placed him in such prestigious studios as The Record Plant NYC, The Hit Factory NYC, RCA Studios NYC , Soundtrack Studios, Magic Venture Studios and then George Benson’s Lahaina Sound, Maui as Engineer. Mr. Lindeman has acquired six Grammy Awards and Ampex Golden Reel Awards for his exceptional talent while working in studio with such artists as Foreigner, Roberta Flack, and Stephanie Mills. He has also been seen as FOH Engineer for live performances of The Rolling Stones, Blondie, Natalie Cole, and most recently, Michael Bolton, and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo.  Howie Lindeman will now blend his expertise at the beautiful retreat style facility, Deep River Studios and Howie’s Mix Suite in Sanford, North Carolina.

Larry De La Cruz studied music at the Berklee College of Music, and earned a B.A. degree in Music Education at San Diego State University. He has been playing flute, saxophone, and clarinet in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years in various music groups. Larry has appeared with Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Werner, Bob Berg, Dave Liebman, Mike Zilber and the CARMA Big Band, Donald Harrison, Steve Smith (Journey & Vital Information), Jeff Chambers, Rodney Holmes, Doc Severensen, Phil Woods, Hal Crook Big Band, Mike Vax Big Band, Mike Wofford, Peter Sprague, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The San Diego Symphony, The Classical Philharmonic, and many others. He teaches private lessons at the Danville Music store.

Drummer David Rokeach has been working primarily in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas for more than 20 years. David toured nationally and internationally with Ray Charles from 1990-91. This included concert videos and many television appearances, including an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Doc Severinson Orchestra. In recent years he has performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls ,Dr. John, Grammy winner Joe Henderson,Gregory Porter,Taj Mahal, Down Beat Poll winner Mark Murphy, Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Calvin Keys, Barry Finnerty, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Melvin Seals, The Family Stone Experience, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra,The San Francisco Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Dallas Symphony, Paula West, Brazilian Master Marcos Silva, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Bluegrass Grammy winner Alison Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., award-winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, acclaimed composer and Grammy winner, Maria Schneider,Tony, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy Award winner, Rita Moreno, and many more. 

Magda Kress is a Brooklyn-based queer bassist and composer. She can frequently be found playing double bass and/or electric bass in musical theatre productions and cabaret bands all over NYC. She especially loves collaborating with theatre-makers and performing new, experimental, and immersive works. Recent favorites include Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre Company), The Cave: a Folk Opera (Daughters Collective), and The Tattooed Lady (workshop at New Dramatists). She regularly plays with Blake Allen’s award-winning An Evening with… Series at Green Room 42 and rising pop/rock artists Fab the Duo. 


Jeremy Goodman is a pianist, composer, conductor, music director, arranger, and orchestrator.  He completed his M.M. in Film Scoring and his B.M. in Music Composition at New York University.  Jeremy was the music director and pianist for “ANNIE TURNS 40: Back to the Orphanage” filmed for CbS “ Sunday Morning” starring original cast members Andrea McArdle, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Shelley Bruce.  His arrangements have been played by orchestras and ensembles in North America, most notably, The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. As a pianist, Jeremy has played numerous musicals, revues, and cabaret acts, as well as his own works for chamber ensembles in Florida and New York City.  His CD entitled The Jeremy Franklin Goodman Project: An Evening of Live Latin Jazz is available in the lobby.  Jeremy is the music director, arranger, and orchestrator for “ASSISTED LIVING: The Musical” ( and the holiday themed sequel “THE HOME…for the holidays” ( by Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett.  He is also the orchestrator, arranger, and music supervisor for Ronald Kaehler’s “UNDER THE OVERTURE,” a new comedy for opera singers (  Jeremy is a member of ASCAP, The American Federation of Musicians, and The American Composers Forum.  For more information, please visit or email him at

Jonathan Seiberlich (bass trombone) is a low brass specialist and teacher. He leads his own Transcontinental Trombone Choir and can be heard performing with the Nomad wind and brass octet, Menlo Brass Quintet, Jazz Mafia, and many other groups. 


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