I recently returned from Oman where, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, I performed at the beautiful new Royal Opera House in Muscat. Amazing architecture and killing acoustics! The 14 hour flight makes this easily the farthest I have traveled for a single gig.
Here’s me in my seat (aka “room” - see blog below) from JFK.
The photographer, Frank Stewart, and I had a little time the day of the concert to check out a bit of the city, which is unlike any place I ever been. Here are a few pictures I took, including a couple of the Opera House:
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s relationship with the Middle East is growing: they will be opening a new jazz club in the St. Regis Doha, in Qatar. Tareq Derbas, general manager of the new hotel, said: “We are encouraged by the positive response from the people of Qatar and believe that Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha will reinforce the city’s position as an emerging cultural centre in the Middle East...”
I can’t wait to play there, although I wonder who they will get to play the role of Todd Barkan. And of course it won’t be possible to jump on the A Train to get home...