No better place to write road notes than the airport … especially waiting for a delayed flight. This is just one of the very glamorous parts of the job. Wouldn’t it be great to find a way to fine airlines somehow when they are several hours late and don’t bother to let us know? They definitely demand better behavior from passengers …. they show no mercy! Anyway!!!
Last time I wrote I think we’d just gotten back from Japan. Since then, many travels … a lifetime of them! Performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prarie Home Companion in Tanglewood at the end of June. Such an interesting production to watch too, as well as hear. Tanglewood is of course, the home of the Boston Symphony and is a beautiful place. The Juilliard String Quartet was also on the show. What a treat! We did something from In Blue and a few others. I also got to sing a harmony line with Garrison on one of his sweet original tunes. It’s great to see the cast do the voice talent/sound effects!
On to the Nemacolin Festival in Pennsylvania – another pretty place and resort. Then to the Deerhead Inn in Water Gap, PA … this is an experience. A funky great place that’s been featuring live jazz since…? Many years anyway. Met Bob Dorough – it’s a hang for many musicians who live around there. Also Phil Woods bassist and drummer – it was a very cool experience. My band (Danny, Paul Bob & Todd) played beautifully and were – as always – troopers! Then onto our favorite LA club for the week – Catalina’s in Hollywood. Wonderful crowds (all of these have been). Playing a lot of material from In Blue that we’re enjoying. Pianist Bill Cunliffe joined Danny, Tom Warrington, Joe LaBarbera and me. That was a treat.
After that I got to spend a few days with my sister and niece in Hawaii … went kayaking, and saw beautiful sea turtles, rainbows, all that Hawaii has to offer. Then to Kansas City at the Blue Room (always fun). Drove to the Dakota in St Paul for 3 nights – great to be back there, and onto Chicago’s Green Mill for the weekend, all great and spirited clubs.
I had never been to Ann Arbor before but played there at the Firefly last weekend. The owner, Susan is tireless and a singer herself. Check that club out – it’s another winner.
So, now (next day) I’m off to Santa Barbara’s SOhO with Danny, Paul Todd and Tom Warrington. Get to see good friends along the way, celebrate the release of In Blue (August 13th), then to Yoshi’s in Oakland for the weekend, and onto Seattle’s Jazz Alley for the week.
I’ll stop there although there’s more, along with MANY radio and press interviews, which certainly help get the word out; KRML’s Jazz & Blues Store, Filoli Jazz Fest & Spazio’s in LA for a one night CD celebration in their concert space.
Thank you for checking in. I’ve truly enjoyed all these places and appreciate people showing up in such numbers! And so enthusiastically!