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Holiday gigs

Posted on January 24, 2013 with 0 comments
We played a great gig at Snowbasin ski resort, it was a holiday gala party for corporate customers.  It was fun to dust off the Christmas classics and put the guests in the mood for Christmas cheer.  I also played Christmas Eve at Snowbird, and New Year's Eve at Park Meadows Country Club in Park City.  That night rocked!

Dave Brubecks passing

Posted on December 19, 2012 with 0 comments
So sad to see the passing of Dave Brubeck, he and his quartet were such a huge influence on me.  For years I would go to bed with the sounds of "Blue rondo ala Turk" or "Take Five" playing on the record player in the bedroom I shared with two of my brothers, Kelly and Mike.  I had rigged a small speaker up to the top bunk so that I could listen and not disturb their sleep.  This was when I was in my early teens, when I was also listening to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley, as well as my rock favorites Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Steely Dan.

Edmonton Jazz Festival

Posted on July 23, 2012 with 0 comments

comments on Mike Stern's show

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Bossa Nova is Boss

Posted on March 29, 2012 with 0 comments
Just learned a bossa nova to add to the band reportiore - TRISTE by Jobim.  I realized that I didn't have any bossa novas memorized, so I looked through the Real Book and Realized that there's a bunch of 'em in there and they're all great jazz tunes.  I love Brazilian music so I've got some woodshedding to do to learn them all: Girl From Impanema, Wave, Desafinado, Corcovado, One note Samba, How Insensitive, Meditation,........ ...the list goes on and on...

Peaks Jazz Festival was Fantastic

Posted on March 8, 2012 with 0 comments
I went to the Peaks Jazz Festival down by Lehi, attending some of the clinics put on by the guest artists, and also the Saturday night concert.  The improv clinic by Ed Calle was pretty good, his emphasis was on learning the chord scales inside and out at lightning speeds.  He talked about the importance of the melodic minor scale, and how its modes provide a scale for just about any chord.  For me, learning scales never helped me to improvise - you've got to learn a vocabulary of licks and patterns, which are based on the scales.  Practicing licks, repetition, repetition, repetition....thats the only way I've learned to improvise.  Its just like learning a foreign language - constant repetition of word, phases, sentences.  I also went to the Jody Espina clinic on mouthpieces, and it was very informative, almost convinced me to try a Jody Jazz mouthpiece.  Someday I might try something else out, but I love my Ernie Northway hard rubber mp.  The concert [...]
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