A Busy Fall in Winnipeg
10/31/2014 - Well, this time last year was about as busy as I've ever been in my life. Finishing a Masters degree in NY, starting a new teaching job here in Winnipeg at the U of Manitoba, editing two books for publication, lots of composition assignments, starting a jazz choir, lots of touring overseas, etc. And even though I was pretty certain this year would be less busy, and it has been, ( thankfully!), it still has been a very busy school year so far. In late August when I came back to Winnipeg we did our annual jazz camp. I also did a few gigs around town with some local bands, as well as our weekly Wed. night jam session, "The Hang". After school started up in early Sept. there were a few other gigs that came up, including our annual faculty gala. Steve Kirby assembled an ensemble made up of both jazz and classical teachers- really fun music! Then I went to NY for a few days for a gig with Pete McGuinness and to see my kids. The week after that our jazz faculty did a performance at the school with our school's President, David Barnard, ( super nice guy and good guitar player!), and the head of the college in Brandon, about 2 hours away from us. He's an alto player so we did a couple tunes together, very cool. Since then, I did a gig of my music at Mardi Jazz at C.C.F.M. in early Oct. Then I focused on writing a big band chart to perform last weekend with Steve Houghton and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra; fun gigs! Got a nice review in the paper, and did a radio interview that's up online at Classic 107 Winnipeg. And also fun to premier a big band arrangement. The piece was "One for Charles", dedicated to Charles McPherson, that I originally wrote in college. Nice to revisit it. Currently I'm finishing some arrangements for Anna-Lisa Kirby's Carol King tribute concert on Nov. 18th- just did our first rehearsal for that. Also, I'm working on applying for a long distance doctoral degree- lots of paperwork and research involved, hope to have more info to share on that soon... And I was applying for a grant but was told by the grant folks to wait and do that in the spring, nonetheless spent a lot of time laying the ground work for it. And in mid-October I was invited to do a presentation about my book, "For Sue", at a conference in Hawaii in early January. Some additional gigs and teaching have come in for that time as well in Honolulu so I'm really looking forward to that. First time there, though I played a gig in Maui in 2001- always wanted to go back to that part of the world! Last night we played "The Hang", next Tuesday Nov. 4th  I'm playing Quincy Davis' gig at C.C.F.M., on Nov. 16th we're doing the "Rent Party" for our local jazz magazine, "Dig", then doing the Carol King gig on the 18th, and a recording for Will Bonness in the days after that, along with our regular teaching and weekly gigs... Whew! Then I go back to NY at the end of Nov. to do some rehearsals and gigs with Alan Ferber, Max Weinberg, et al, and hang with my sons before leaving for Hawaii in early Jan. In the meanwhile there are a few other things cooking. Hoping to do some more writing for orchestra, working on some possible gigs in that context. We're starting a big band workshop here in Winnipeg in January. We'll rehearse one Thursday a month, perform the following week. Looking forward to doing some more writing for big band! Things should slow down after about Nov 21st, thankfully. And next semester looks a bit calmer, he wrote, hopefully... But all these projects are really fun. And it's great to work on music for and by our faculty. Lastly, after a bit of a wet and cool end to the summer up here, the Fall has really been nice, as it was last year. Just starting to get cold in the past few days. With how long and tough winter is here you definitely appreciate nice weather when you get it. Thanks for checking in...
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