This past weekend I played yet another last-minute pickup gig with a band I never played with before. It was a great example of why you need to use every avenue of communication available to you. It started with a Facebook message from someone I had never met but who is related to one of… Continue reading Another Pickup Wedding Gig
The Second Most Important Part of Your Setup
Way back in July of 2012 when I started this blog I spent my third post discussing what I thought was the most important part of any player’s setup. It wasn’t the mouthpiece or the reed or the horn in case you never read it. You can read it here in its entirety or I can… Continue reading The Second Most Important Part of Your Setup
When It’s Okay To Suck
Well I just flew in from Korea and boy are my arms tired (ba dum bum). I was there for the last week doing stuff for my day job and now I’m home and all jet-lagged but I wanted to get something posted before I get too far behind. As with my last post, my… Continue reading When It’s Okay To Suck
Here’s What to Say
If you’ve been playing for a while it’s kind of inevitable that someone will either see you somewhere or hear you on a recording and will take the time to tell you they thought you sounded good. They might say, “Hey, you sounded great!”, or “I really enjoyed your playing” or some other variation of… Continue reading Here’s What to Say
My How Far We’ve Come
I wanted to take a break from the recording stuff for a little bit but don’t worry I’ll get back to it soon – assuming you’re a fan of course. If you’re not a fan of the recording posts it’s more like, “Oh geez, he’s going to write more of that nonsense?”. But I digress.… Continue reading My How Far We’ve Come
Just a quick post to wish anyone who is reading this a happy and healthy holiday season. It’s always a busy time but I did a really quick and dirty version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas playing along with the Aebersold track. It’s just a one-take wonder but you get the idea. I… Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene
In the tragic shooting in CT yesterday, one of the victims was the young daughter of saxophonist Jimmy Greene, Ana Grace. I have seen it suggested that it would be a great sign of support for him if musicians (or anyone really) would download the song he wrote for her on his album Mission Statement.… Continue reading Saxophonist Jimmy Greene
I got the chance to go see Darmon Meader last night for the ridiculously low price of only ten bucks. In my mind that is the deal of the year. He was playing at Harford Community College in Maryland (my old stomping grounds growing up) in a very intimate concert hall with his quartet: Klaus Mueller… Continue reading Darmon Meader
It’s Been A While
When I decided to start writing this blog I was very wary of being one of those bloggers who fizzled out on content. I even started with a few posts written in advance so I would have a backlog ready to go. Even with that, though, the last couple of weeks have been rather trying… Continue reading It’s Been A While
Here’s my first post of hopefully many. I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now and I really hope it’s something people find interesting or fun but if nothing else it’s a way to spend some time analyzing and organizing things I do as a player and getting them out of my… Continue reading Welcome!