January 2016 Oahu Trip
1/15/2016 - It’s Jan 10th and I’m in the Honolulu airport, heading back to Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. I just had a great 6 six days here. This was the 2nd year I was invited to be a presenter at the U. of Hawaii Arts and Humanities Conference. Last year I did a presentation from my book “For Sue”. Today is her birthday in fact. This year I did a presentation from a book I’m working on, called “Jazz Lives”, a compilation of interviews with musicians and stories from the road. In addition to that I played a fun gig with some local players, and did an improvisation workshop that was put together by my friend, Todd Yukumoto. Todd’s a brilliant saxophonist, and our common friend Allen Won put us in touch. Allen is also a brilliant saxophonist who gave me some great free lessons in high school, and is just about the nicest guy anyone’s ever met. I also gave a few lessons while I was here. Around all that, a sax player here that met me at the U of Northern Colorado in 03, Jason Chin, drove me up to the northern side of Oahu; just beautiful up there! Very kind of him and we had a blast! And last night I was invited to hear a rehearsal of the Hawaii Symphony and Van Cliburn winner, Vadym Kholodenko. They played Profiev’s 3rd piano concerto- just an amazing performance of an amazing piece! I also got in some beach time, snorkeling and kayaking. And I hiked to the top of Diamond Head, the iconic mountain that seems to rise almost straight out of Waikiki beach. Really a great week! Hope this tradition continues again next year! This will be a busy week back in Winnipeg. There will be lots of teaching and gigs with our faculty, including The Big Dig Band, a live trio recording at CCFM, and our weekly jam session. I’ll be back in NYC Jan 21st to play at Smalls with Alan Ferber’s Nonet, but will be back in Winnipeg a few days later. It’s been a great start to 2016! Thanks, for checking in…
January 2016 Oahu Trip
It’s Jan 10th and I’m in the Honolulu airport, heading back to Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. I just had a great 6 six days...
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