Wayne Shorter turned 80. John Zorn turned 60. I turned 50. Joe Lovano and I were honored to have a small role in the Wayne Shorter events, playing with our quintet, Sound Prints, with Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, and Joey Baron, at several celebrations. The Zorn at 60 marathons were some of the most inspiring days of music I have ever seen; definitely like playing on an all-star team. And traveling with my own quintet, with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston, has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling musical experiences of my life. It is a profound pleasure developing the music with these good people. We still have about 15 states to go and I look forward to working on that! Stay warm and we will hope to see you in Hawaii in the cold season.
Many have asked if I switched to what looks like a lovely pocket trumpet. No! That is George Colligan in the recent issue of Downbeat. Wish I could take credit for Time Travel to Portland Jazz fest, but alas I wasn’t there this year.
There were some tough news stories towards the end of last year. That’s no reason not to appreciate the great things from 2012. Here are a few things I really appreciated. Thank you.
That we’re not looking at Mitt Romney is a blessing. Mitt’s son now tells us that Mitt didn’t actually want to run or serve, so, a blessing for all of us.
Marathons, The Ryan Adjustment.
In case you missed it, the Republican vice presidential candidate gave a rough estimate of his marathon time that was about an hour faster than the truth. As a marathoner who failed to break my goal of four hours this year (look out 2013!) I really appreciated that, and have consistently applied said adjustment ever since.
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FONT Music @10
Festival of New Trumpet Music celebrates ten years of activity with commissions and performances around New York. Festival opened with Stephanie Richards’ performance at the carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Thankfully it was before Hurricane Sandy, shown here. FONT Music will continue in September of 2013.
Banff Center for the Arts.
As a part of my final season, The Banff Center invited me to compose a final piece for the closing concert. Pathways was recorded by Joe Ferla at the center, and will be released in 2013 on Greenleaf Music. It features Greg Tardy, Josh Roseman, Uri Caine, Linda Oh, and Clarence Penn. On one track we are joined by Aoife O’Donovan.
Joe joined me for another project this year and outdid himself with the sound. It is most evident on the vinyl edition of Be Still. My new Qunitet also recorded with Joe, and the record will be out in March, entitled Time Travel.
Royal Academy of Music.
Thrilled to be a part of the program at the Royal Academy in London where I will again serve in the Kenny Wheeler Chair in 2013. View shows
Key and Peele.
Start at the first season and go from there. These guys are the best.
Texts From Hillary
“Guys, if you’re going to play Well You Needn’t at least check out the Monk changes.”
McKayla Maroney is not impressed. Tough out there. We’re going to make 2013 better for sure.
Not just because he made a beautiful record for Greenleaf. Matt brought a lot of dedication and heart to the scene, both live and on record, and he is destined for bigger things. Check him out.
Denver bassist Greg Garrison brought together a great group including Matt Flinner and John Gunther this year. Thanks to Greg I met Aoife and her music. She brought me a lot of inspiration this year and we will be continuing live shows in 2013.
January 26, 2011 @
Filed under: Humor
via NYTimes: From the shore, it looks like an oddly shaped buoy. But as residents here have discovered on closer inspection, it is in fact a grand piano perched upright on a narrow sand bar in Biscayne Bay — a sight that has inspired wordsmiths to compete to name South Florida’s newest curiosity (“piano bar” seems to have won).
Update: Case closed. Turns out the piano belongs to Nick Harrington, 16, of Miami Shores, Florida. He dropped it in the bay as part of an elaborate plan to get into Cooper Union. Gotta say I hope it works. Cooper Union so far seems unimpressed.
December 9, 2010 @
Filed under: Humor
Many of you RSS subscribers reading remember that I was on a tour sponsored by Red Bull early October. It was a great time—you can read my final thoughts at the BMA blog if interested. The first two mini-episodes hit the web yesterday. So, without taking up too much real estate on this here jazz blog with my rocknroll, you can watch them here.
November 8, 2010 @
Filed under: Events, Humor
Well, I’m back in the office this fine Monday morning after my tour out west with Red Bull. I’m going through the 739 emails this morning. If you wrote to us, give me a minute to get back to you. I’ll get through them all by the end of the day.
The tour was a great experience. Met a lot of really cool people, played some great shows, had a guitar shootout in a ghost town in New Mexico, a firework fight, hung out with some farm animals (pictured: Pet Sounds style), rode on the Red Bull bus, the crappy van, and so much more. I’ve seen a few shots, and I have to say that this show is going to be hilariously awesome.
I was hoping to update from the road, but with our shooting schedule, it was a little hectic. But the gigs all went well, and we got to get to know the other band, Young Jesus, who, after 5 shows in a row (the longest tour they’ve ever had) were hitting it pretty hard. It’s amazing what a week on the road will do to solidify a band. Even us, a band who’s been touring off and on for awhile.
I just published a blog post over at the BMA site with some final thoughts on the week. Other info from the week is linked over there if you’d care to read.
Unfortunately, I’m contractually obligated not to go into detail or tell who won — can’t be the spoiler before the TV show airs — but I will say that it was an unbelievable week, and that I can’t wait for my next trip to LA.