|Greetings Good People, for some reason today is all about Frank Sinatra. On my recent trip to Portland the folks that run the jazz festival gave each of us artists a gift bag with various culinary and literary treats. I’m finally getting around to reading the Jazz Times magazine that was included and the whole issue is devoted to Frank Sinatra. Some killer stories and photos and I’m gaining some new insights on the dude that dominated my father’s vinyl record evening ritual. It was a chilled martini, bongos and Frank singing “Nice n’ Easy” at full volume. As I listen now I’m traveling back to Del Mar, circa late ’60’s and Frank’s crooning never sounded better…
Last week’s gig with Sinne Eeg was a true hit — gorgeous music, great turnout, killer sound and I’m inspired to continue the revolution. I’m hunting for a few other opportunities to include her before she heads back to Denmark in June. What a vocalist, wow!
Here’s a video of one of the tunes that night.
The plan for this week is first up, another soulful hit at The Roxy on Thursday night. It’ll be solo guitar for the first set and then the rest of the evening includes the various Encinitas merry pranksters joining in. Big fun!
Friday it’ll be Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock in concert in downtown SD. I’ll see you there!
Saturday night we’re back at The Roxy and this time it’ll be featuring young Kate Sprague and my brother Tripp. Kate’s been working on a few new ones playing the guitar and singing at the same time and what a joy to be included. Hope you can make it out…
Vocalist Leonard Patton and I are recording a new CD next week, just the two of us. We’ve been having great times as a duo and figured it was time to document our sonic angle on things. I’ve written two new pieces for the project plus we’ll add the gems that we’ve been riding on over the last couple of years.
On Sunday night we’ll play this material at a brand new venue for us. It’s called Soltera Winery and it’s right down the street from where I live in Leucadia. Come out for a sweet night of apparently great food and I know it’ll be nice music. Look below for the details….
Holly Hofmann is organizing an ongoing Friday evening jazz guitar trio gig at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. I’ll be playing it in May but here’s the flyer if you have an interest because it’s an ongoing thing.
Any fans of vocalist Emily Elbert out there? Send me an email if you have a possible interest and I’ll fill you in on a possible secret upcoming concert.
There it is folks, Frank continues to croon, the martini’s half full and the bongos are quieting down a touch. Life is great!