|Greetings! Last week the National Flute Convention took place in San Diego and I got a peripheral buzz from the event. First, a gang of flutists raided the Handlery Hotel gig to check out Bob Sheppard’s gig. He played mostly saxophone but some highlights were his beautiful flute playing and a killer duet with him and Holly Hoffman on Coltrane’s “Some Other Blues”. Soulful notes released into the sky!
Next, six low end flute specialists descended upon SpragueLand to document a new commissioned piece. Low end flutes rock in case you’re wondering! The alto flute is the piccolo of the ensemble and it goes down in pitch from there. All the way to a “I’m not sure what you call it” flute that went to the floor and half way to the ceiling. Wicked! Great playing too by these folks that came all the way from Australia to the east coast to partake in the wide world of flutes.
Up for this week, a last minute booking came in for this Wednesday evening. I’m playing at the Harbor Breakfast in Little Italy and I’m told it’s a cool space for music and of course food. I have an architect friend who bought this place and he loves jazz. I’ll be playing solo and opening up the night is an old friend from Kauai, Mike Smith, who’s visiting from Kauai. He plays guitar too and I know at the end of the night we’ll both play together. Sounds fun and hope to see you there!
all best, Peter