Hi all. Having at least temporarily given up trying to make a living in Pittsburgh, I've returned to the "Motherland" of jazz...New Orleans. I've been back about 2 weeks and things are looking good. I'm definitely loving the weather this time of year, before the heat and humidity settle in! I went to a concert at Loyola, about 5 minutes from where I live that featured the senior class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (monsters all) as well as Bill Summers, Nick Payton, Herlin Riley, and Ellis Marsalis. A wonderful evening of great music!
I'm delighted to playing gigs with real, honest to god pianos! Not only because it's better musically, but also it's saving my back some serious aches! Also, none of that musical blight known as "left hand bass"! It's been fun seeing people I haven't seen in several years too. It's a really great time also, because of the upcoming French Quarter Fest as well as the Jazz and Heritage Fest that follows.
It's wonderful also to see the progress the city has made. More to be done for sure, but much has been done too.
I think we're close to releasing my new CD "Reunion featuring Vinnie Colaiuta". I will keep you posted on that. We've had VERY positive feedback from people like Ray Vega, Lou Donaldson and Kevin Mahogany when they've heard snippits of it, so we're anxious to get it out!
So there ya go. I will likely be back up north over the summer and hope tp see everyone then. And now, it's time to go find a nice bowl of gumbo and some etoufee!
Take care everyone!
PS....Let's go Pens!