Spring of 2014!
3/21/2014 - Well, Spring has come to Winnipeg; which means that some days it's slightly above freezing, and folks get VERY happy about that! But it is sunny most of the time, and that really makes it nice. And it's sort of good that the snow is melting slowly, otherwise the flooding would be pretty rough! Probably going to be some with all the snow the area got this year. I just got back from 8 days in NYC, to make a couple of classes at Purchase, get my mid-term nonet piece played ( Birth of the Cool instr. w/f. horn and tuba- fun to write for!). I also did my Masters Graduate recital on March 18th, with Dean Torrey and Clint Mobley. The night before that I played a Monday at the Vanguard- always a fun gig! Steve Wilson was the other alto player, a good friend and one of my favorite musicians to work and hang with. We'd just had lunch the day before and realized we were on it together. He lent me a flute and I had to transpose some Thad soprano parts... or at least TRY to. But a fun night nonetheless. Earlier this year I had gigs here in Winnipeg with our faculty, as well as some in NY w/Sean Wayland, Marcus Miller, Sean Smith, Arturo O'Farrill, Noah Haidu, et al, and some recording. I also have been doing some things for my book, "For Sue", reading at the IAWA at Symphony Space and at an event on Staten Island, right around the corner from where I grew up and where much of the book took place. And a couple weeks ago I did Bret Primack's new youtube show, "The Hang", to talk about the book and other gigs these days. Now I'll be back in Winnipeg for about a month, submit some pieces for my last class at Purchase from here, do a gig with Quincy Davis' group, one with our school's new jazz choir, and our regularly weekly jam session. After that I head back to NY to finish up my Masters, do a gig with Scott Reeves, some teaching, and then come back to Winnipeg to do an Asper Jazz series Concert with Steve Kirby, Alan Harris, et al on May 3rd. The following week I fly to N. Carolina to perform with the Carolina Philharmonic. We'll be playing some music that Coltrane played or wrote ( he was born about 30 miles from Pinehurst where we're doing the concert), and some of the Bird w/Strings material- really excited about that one! Lots of other fun stuff coming up this summer, including leading a group at the Winnipeg Jazz Fest June 21st and working with the Bill Charlap trio at the Jazz in July Fest at the 92nd St Y on 7/23. Lastly, about 10 days ago, I received an email from a guy who really inspired me, James McBride. He wrote the brilliant memoir, "The Color of Water", which, along with Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes", inspired me to write "For Sue". James just recently won the National Book Award for "The Good Lord Bird". My friend and colleague here at the U. of Manitoba, Derrick Gardner, mentioned to me one day at lunch that he's friends with James. I asked him if I could email him a pdf of my book. Derrick said, "Sure, he's a great guy!" I knew he was a fellow sax player, and had attended the sister school to Performing Arts, Music and Art, about 10 years before I was in high school- they're combined into La Guardia now. So I sent him a note, and a pdf of the book. To my surprise, I got this amazing email back from him, telling me that he thought the book was "good and moving, and that Sue was an amazing woman..." I was so blown away! Just the fact that he took the time to read it was amazing! But then that he liked it, and took the time to tell me... Wow! It's rare we can meet the people that inspire us. And in a weary world that often doesn't seem to make sense, art gives us a way, a language, to speak to each other, that transcends that worldy chaos and chatter. To remind us of the things that really matter. Thanks for checking in!
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