Start of 2015, Hawaii trip...
1/11/2015 - 2015 is off to a fun and fast start! 2014 ended with a very fun and busy November here in Winnipeg, including a gig with Quincy Davis, the Dig Magazine Rent Party, a concert of Anna-Lisa Kirby's, and a recording led by Will Bonness that featured Derrick Gardner, Steve Kirby, Quincy and myself. I then spent the last 5 weeks of 2014 in NYC with my kids, and doing a few fun gigs. I played and did some readings of some of my writing at the Irish American Writers and Artists association at Symphony Space and the Cell Theater. I also played a couple of very fun gigs with Alan Ferber's Nonet, one in Baltimore at a great space booked by local jazz saxophone legend Gary Thomas. Our other gig was at Smalls. Really great to play some wonderful new music that Alan received a CMA grant to write- very happy for him and proud of him, he's very deserving of it! After a bunch of holiday events with friends and family I flew to Honolulu on January 2nd for 5+ days there. I was asked to do a presentation from my book, "For Sue", at the Hawaii University Arts and Humanities Conference, held at the Ala Moana Hotel. My friend Allen Won, a brilliant classical saxophonist, orig. from Hawaii, put me in touch with another great classical saxophonist there, Todd Yukumoto. Todd asked me to do a masterclass at the university. He also took me out with a couple of other musician friends to a few amazing restaurants! Some of the best Thai and Japanese food I've ever had! I arrived in the late aft. on Friday the 2nd, just in time to put my feet in the water and take pics of an amazing sunset. Then the next day, I was determined to max out my time! So I walked 2-3 miles along the water down to Waikiki Beach, then hiked another 2-3 miles up to the top of Diamond Head, an amazing mountain/crater seemingly rising almost straight up from the sea. Then came back down, swam at  Waikiki, went back to my hotel, did my presentation, including some playing as well as talking about and reading from the book. Then Todd took me out for Thai food... What a day! The next day, Sunday, I took my rental car as far up the coast as Kailua Beach, where the Obamas often stay. Saw so many beautiful spots along the way! I stopped, walked around, took a few pics. But by the time I got to Kailua, 2:00, I was exhausted from the prior day's 10 mile hike. Next time I need to set aside more time to make it up to the North Shore of O'ahu! So I crashed for a couple hours, and went for an amazing sunset swim! The next day, Monday, I did some more local sightseeing, swam at the nearby Ala Moana Beach, and then Todd met me and took me to meet some of the local musicians and teachers, show me a few sights, including a great view above Honolulu from the Natl. Cemetery, and then I did the master class. Nice group of talented young folks there. Then, killer Japanese Food for dinner! Tuesday was my day to go to a nearby beach for kayaking and snorkeling- love doing both! Another amazing sunset that day. Wed. I got up early, hit the gym and beach, got some food, and spent my last hour at the hotel pool- can't wait to get back to Hawaii again soon! Gotta bring the kids next time! Wed. aft. I flew out of Honolulu, arrived in Winnipeg Thursday aft., hit the ground running here, as usual. Been doing a bunch of teaching, trying to get back on a practice schedule, and hoping to do some more big band writing soon for the new Dig Big Band. Our first gig will be this Thursday. Wed. will be our regular weekly gig/jam session, The Hang. Good to be back in The Peg! Will be in NY quite a bit in Feb. for gigs with Max Weinberg, Alexis Cole, et al.  Here's to a great 2015! Thanks for checking in...
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