I’m sitting in a cafe in Mobile, Alabama. Got the day off, and am spending hours (as I have each day for the past few weeks) on the details of my upcoming CD release and tour. Booking and handling the logistics of a tour on your own is probably the strongest test in proving whether or not you really are committed to do this thing - be a jazz musician. At the moment it is challenging that commitment. But just for the moment, because I know the payoff will come, as it always does, when I am on the bandstand with my quartet, swinging and sharing this musical space with my band mates and an audience.
I am currently on the road with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and we have had a good almost two weeks out here, bringing music to the people. About once a year we spend two or three weeks traveling around the south, and in just about every city there are close friends and family members of someone in the band. This always brings a special energy to our performance and experience in that city.
These next few days have us zigzagging between time zones. Sometimes I wonder if the tour is planned using a blindfold and darts. Tonight we leave Mobile at midnight and have a 12 hour drive to West Palm Beach. At least the weather is nice... Well, except for the other day in Birmingham, Alabama when we had a drive to the venue a couple hours early to avoid the tornado that was predicted to be coming our way.
In a couple cities (Savannah and Atlanta) we have streamed live, and the reaction has been great. This something we’ve just started doing, and hope it grows to be a regular addition to our concerts. You can check out the concert in Atlanta by following this link:
After the page fully loads, scroll down almost half way, to where it says “Backstage at intermission.” If your Internet connection is strong enough you can watch this video of the second half of the concert - get a little taste of what we’re doing out here. Enjoy!