November 2016
11/14/2016 - It's been a really great fall so far. I've been able to do some really fun tours, see some new places, and play a lot of fun gigs! When I last checked in I'd just gotten back from a tour of Europe in early October. On the 17th I played with the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard. On the 19th I played at Smalls with Alan Ferber's Nonet. I flew to California on the 22nd and saw my friend Tyrone for a few days. Alan and Mark Ferber then flew out, joined by bassist Matt Pavolka, and we drove from LA to San Diego for a gig at UCSD. We were joined by the excellent pianist Joshua White. The next two days we played as a nonet at the Blue Whale, joined by John Ellis, Philip Dizack, Larry Koonse, David Cook and Brian Walsh. Really fun, and a great club! We played mostly Alan's music, but also some of Matt's and mine. From there we did a series of clinics at the Musician's Institute in LA, Buchanan HS in Fresno, and an amazing Junior high in Lafayette Ca. as we worked our way north. Our old friend Joe Bagg sat in with us in L.A., and we worked with Paul Lucchesi in Fresno and Bob Athayde in Lafayette, two of the finest jazz educators I've ever met. Their kids sounded amazing, they have them listening to jazz every day, and we were really inspired to meet and work with them! Matt, Alan, Mark and I played at LaMorinda music in Lafayette on the 29th, and then I played with a fun San Fran Big Band at Doc's Lab on the 30th. Those last few days in the bay area were really beautiful! Got to do some nice sight seeing and hiking. And thankfully we saw lots of rain from L.A. to S.F.! Really needed out there! On Nov 1st I flew to Seoul, first time there. A former student at Purchase, the drummer Manuel Weyand, put together some gigs for me with some excellent musicians there, including Ho-gyu, Roman, Sean Pentland, Gi-Young, and Youngjoo Song. I met and played with Youngjoo, also a former Purchase student, earlier this summer at Poisson Rouge. She played some quartet gigs with us on my music, in Seoul, and as far south at Tongyoung. Another former sax student, the excellent French alto player, Pierrick Pedron, sat in with us on one of the gigs in Seoul; great to see and hear him and hang! Great guy and very happy for his success! I then finished the last two days of the tour playing gigs doing Youngjoo's music. She's a star there, very happy for her, wonderful pianist and musician! Alan helped arrange her music for septet. He, Alex Sipiagin, and Kenjo Omae, another former student and excellent tenor player who's been teaching in Seoul for 14 years, then joined us for 2 gigs and a clinic with Youngjoo. Really fun! We had great meals after the gigs, just a great hang! Flew back through Bejing, also the first time there. A lot of pollution, affected Seoul some too, hope they get that together asap! I'm looking forward to leading my quartet at The Kitano on Nov 26th, the Jazz Nativity among other gigs in Dec., and finishing up this sabbatical semester in early January with a gig at the Jazz Ed. conference in NYC before going back to Winnipeg to teach. I hope to have a trio project, video and CD, out early next year. My kids are good, I have a lot of blessings, a lot to be thankful for. But an election just occurred in the US that is the most shocking any of us can remember. In Seoul we watched as somehow all the polls were wrong and Trump won; thanks to voter purging, the dismantling of the Voting Rights Bill and computer touch screen voting which can not be recounted... I have been screaming about this since the theft of Fla in 2000 by Jeb Bush for his brother George W., where tens of thousands were illegally purged from the voter rolls... I fear for the US right now. We'll need good thoughts, prayers and a lot of hard work! Here's to REAL Democracy, Peace, a non-racist in the White House and a pro environmental agenda! Elizabeth Warren 2020!
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