Day: September 10, 2011

Days of wine and noses.

Oh hey — we’re playing at the Shores of Erie Wine Festival tomorrow, at 1:30 in the afternoon. And by “we” I mean “me and my band of merry men”. Seems like it got here awfully fast, doesn’t it? It does if you’re me, anyway. Allison brown even did a piece/interview right over here, so you know it’ll be exciting…if you find mid-song extended jazzy instrumental jams exciting. As well you should.

Many thanks to Allison for the interest, and for asking some good, thoughtful questions. Some people actually do some research before they interview you! Yes! Some of my answers were pretty long-winded and had to be edited down a little, but I think the edits are pretty non-intrusive. The important stuff is still all there.

I thought things would be more compact and streamlined for this show, but if anything the jams seem to grow longer the more comfortable we get with playing together. So if you were at the Mackenzie Hall show back in June and you heard the band stuff, you should have an idea of what to expect, minus the grand piano. This time out should be similarly jazzy, and longer in the ligaments. If it feels right and the fingers and brain are firing on all cylinders, I may get a bit busier on the keyboard to make up for the lack of warmth that would otherwise be afforded by a real piano. ‘Cause nothing kills digital bite like comping and soloing at the same time. Am I right?

On a note unrelated to music, today has been a pretty interesting day for tennis. Three back-to-back matches between six of the best players in the sport…that’s a pretty good way to relax the day before a show if you ask me.