|Good People of the West, coming to you once again in one piece and at home where life is good. And it’s pretty warm here too I’ve been noticing! I’ve been on the run…
I was on an East coast tour with vocalist Dianne Reeves. First up was a great hit in Newport News, Virginia with the added keyboard wizard Geoffrey Keezer in the house. Big fun for starts and from there the show moved to NYC with a series of snow storms and frigid temps. My little Cali jacket wasn’t holding in the warmth so I scored a real McCoy from my friend Rob Schneiderman. From there it was survivable but still a maze of ice, snow, mega puddles, snow barriers engulfing cars, all just happy winter fare for the east coast.
The music was fantastic with 2 days of rehearsals, 1 gig in Brooklyn and then 2 sold out nights at the Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Center. It’s one of the great venues on planet earth and to hear Dianne fill the air with her soulful vocal perfection, wow, I’m still floating.
My wife Stefanie was on the NYC part of the trip and also in the loop was her Mom, sister, brother in law, and a handful of nephews. They made the trek from California to see how the east coast deals the winter deck. Museums, walking the ice and Macy’s shopping we’re all doing the trick and having them there for the Rose Hall gig was a treat for me.
Launching from NYC we then ventured further east to Krakow, Poland. Red eye reality into a bus trek and finally slowing down to sleep, we then played a concert at the Bielsko-Biala Jazz Festival. It was an enthusiastic audience and even though our stay was short, we got a good feeling about jazz in Poland. I hope to return someday!
Now I’m back and the studio has been swirling with folks documenting their sonic offerings. Mark Dresser played some killing low notes and a few days later young LA guitarist Andy Wadell led his band of odd meter meteorologists. Sri Shrednoy!
Up for this week, on Friday we play a concert at Mira Costa College led by vocalist and pianist Matt Falker. Matt’s been a part of a couple of my projects and he’s a joy to collaborate with. Both a great vocalist and pianist, he also leads the vocal jazz program at Mira Costa College. For this concert we’re playing music from his just to be released CD “Playpen”. He recorded the music over here at SpragueLand and I’m also playing guitar on it. He has a nice program of jazz standards, his originals, and a Stevie and Metheny thrown in for good measure. It’s going to be a great show and look below for details and ticket information.
On Saturday night my group Bop Moderno invades the Crill Auditorium at Point Loma Nazarene University for a night of jazz. The amazing Gilbert Castellanos is on trumpet along with my brother Tripp on sax, Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums and me on guitar. Opening up the concert will be the student jazz orchestra led by John Dally. It should be a wonderful night of music and if you haven’t yet heard our group I think you’ll dig the blendo of straight ahead mixing up with samba and the blues. See ya there!
Peeking around to next week, the Danish jazz vocalist Sinne Eeg is back in town and we have a show planned for March 9 at Dizzy’s. More on this next week but just a teaser letting you know that this show last year was both a musical and a super well attended highpoint. Can’t wait!
That’s it folks and thanks for following along. It’s good to be home and I hope to see you all soon, Peter