Every Day Something New

I have quite a week lined up! Each day is something new and different and although it presents a challenge, I am really looking forward to each gig. I totally love my life in music!!!

Wednesday at Black Lotus we will be playing there music of Lee Morgan.  Lee almost single-handed defined the Blue Note sound of the 1960s, fusing be bop with latin rhythm & blues, the boogaloo and gospel music. This will be a blast! Joining me is Jimmy Smith (trumpet), Scott Gwinnell (piano), Jeff Pedraz (bass) and Bill Higgins (drums).

Thursday at O'Malley's we have a slamming group put together to play some Brecker Brothers and Jazz Crusaders things.  It will be Jimmy Smith (trumpet), Dale Grisa (keys), John Gallo (guitar), Takashi Iio (bass) and Steve Nistor (drums).  Hearing John Gallo play the solo on Song For Barry will be worth your entire evening.

Friday back at the Black Lotus I will be playing with Leonard King's OOPAPADA.  Dr. Prof. King write all the music and lyrics for this group and showcases his wry wit and insight into politics, society truisms and his perspective on life.  I love playing with Leonard every chance I get, not only for his knowledge of music and things, but his creative and original voice on the drums.

Saturday I will be with Ben Sharkey and the Woodward Horns.  We will be playing some of Ben's originals as well as a cart-full of classic standards.  I have been working on arranging a tune as have the other cats and am really looking forward to hearing them come to life with this swinging band.

OK, that's enough blowing for me, I have to go practice.

peace,

James

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