I was perusing Facebook this afternoon and I saw someone post something about how great their April was and so I took a look back on my April and realized how incredible mine was!  Had a nice beginning spending time with family over Easter weekend then the music kicked into high gear!  3 wonderful gigs with Champian Fulton, Jodi Proznick and Julian MacDonough followed by a duo house concert with Champian, all of which were extremely rewarding!  Gigs in Bellingham and Francesco’s here in Vancouver leading up to flying to Los Angeles to record with the great Jeff Hamilton Trio. I came home to play a great gig with a very unique saxophonist Ned Goold at the Italian Cultural Center that was extremely fun.  Then it was back in the studio to produce and record with Tim Tamashiro.  Was fantastic to hear the arrangements of Tilden Webb, Dave Pearce and Liala Biali played by some of my favorite musicians: Tilden Webb – piano, Jodi Proznick – bass, Jesse Cahill – drums, Tim Tamashiro – vocals, Vince Mail – trumpet, Rod Murray – trombone.  Gonna be a really fun record.  Sandwiched in the middle of that was an exciting performance by David Braid and The Borealis String Quartet at Pyatt Hall as part of The Cellar Jazz Series.

Wow, all of this and month isn’t even over yet!!  On Thursday I play a great show in Washington to celebrate International Jazz Day then quickly drive back up to play with Joe Poole – drums, Paul Rushka – bass, Miles Black – fender rhodes, Chris Davis – trumpet and Bill Coon guitar at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and Bar on Beatty Street and then the month is over!

May is cookin’ as well!  Smalls Jazz Club comes to Vancouver on May 1/2, Seamus Blake on May 8 at The Emerald, a gig with Harry Allen on May 10 and then a mini tour with the legend that is Harold Mabern followed by my CD release for CONDITION BLUE – The Music Of Jackie McLean at Federico’s and Blue Frog Studios with the great MIKE LEDONNE!!

Someone slap me if you hear me complain ever!!!!

Life is good!

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