Spring 2015
3/21/2015 - It's been a good first few months of 2015. And all the snow in Winnipeg melted by mid March- a very good and nice sign of an early spring! In early January I had a great time in Honolulu teaching, sightseeing and doing a presentation about my book, "For Sue", at a conference there put together by the U. of Hawaii. Then I went back to Winnipeg and the U. of Manitoba where I taught for about a month. Steve Kirby and Derrick Gardner started "The Big Dig Band" in mid January, and we had a great first gig. The focus of the band is to have it be a workshop for composers and arrangers. Derrick, Steve, Quincy Davis and myself have been writing for it, looking forward to doing more. I had a couple of trips back and forth from Winnipeg to NYC in Feb. for gigs with Max Weinberg, Alexis Cole, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and others, along with my teaching and gigs here in Winnipeg. So far in March I've played with the Vanguard orchestra again, played our weekly jam session, "The Hang", as well as another gig with "The Big Dig Band", and a nice gig with Curtis Nowosad's group. I've also been leading a group of high school students here in Winnipeg known as the Youth Jazz Collective. We meet on Saturdays and have a number of performances coming up in April, including one here at the U of Manitoba, as well as a couple of gigs at local high schools. I'll also be flying to Colorado for a performance at a jazz festival with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra on April 17th. All my teaching will be done at the school by then, but I will be adjudicating some recitals and juries later in April. Then on the 28th our faculty will be flying to Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon for a couple of weeks of gigs and teaching. On May 10th I fly back to NYC for most of the summer. Later in May I'll have gigs with the Irish American Artists and Writers group,  some gigs and a recording with Alan Ferber's nonet, and a gig with Max Weinberg. In June I'll have more gigs with Alan, Curtis Nowosad, including a tour of Canada, a gig with "The Big Dig Band" at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. Later in the summer and into the fall there will be more gigs with Curtis, our schools jazz camp, Bill Charlap and others. Spring is my favorite season, here's to a great one! Thanks for checking in...
Spring 2015
It's been a good first few months of 2015. And all the snow in Winnipeg melted by mid March- a very good and nice sign of an early spring! In early...
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