Sunday, March 1, 2009
A busy 2 months...
That is the only way I can describe what has been going on around here. In addition to my usual gigs and projects (more on that in a moment) I have been processing some big upcoming changes.
We are going to be moving soon. I've taken a job in Newport RI; I move up there in April and the family will follow in late June/early July. This is an incredibly positive thing.
I've enjoyed living and working in Hampton Roads VA. The scene here is very healthy and there is work, even now, to go around for everyone. The jazz scene is small, but forward thinking and there is a good public following for creative music. I'll truly miss some of the cats I have been working with, namely: Chris Brydge, Jeff Smith, Jim Nesbit, Keith Philbirck, Joe Camarda, Roy Muth, Jackie Friend, John Toomey, Rob DeDominick, Woody Beckner and so many others.
I have to admit, though, I am really looking forward to the move to New England. The chance to be close to Boston (an hour) and NYC (2 or so hours) is really exciting as is the opportunity for study. I am applying for some grad schools up there and I hope to complete my Master's within the next couple of years.
There have been some great moments in the past couple of months. I have been doing some very creative work with Chris Brydge's quartet. Alto, Tenor, Bass and Drums. The colors between the alto and me on tenor are really refreshing and Chris can GROOVE!!!! Also, the Virginia Arts Festival Jazz Orchestra (AKA The Roy Muth Big Band) recently performed a tribute concert to Frank Foster. Fos' lives in Hampton Roads and it was such and honor to work with him on his music, some brand new and some the original ink from Basie's band!
Postings here will continue to be sporadic as the family and I prepare for the big move, but I will drop in from time to time. I have a few more projects pending down here that may merit discussion.
Lastly, I would like to add my thoughts to the many who have already paid tribute to Gerry Niewood. My thoughts are with Adam and his entire family...