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March 27 / 2010
Been busy. In Austin for SXSW and played some nice gigs: with Kevin Witt and Alex Coke at Whip-in, with Elias Haslanger at the Elephant Room, with 3 Collective at Sao Paulos. Heard Michael Bellar As-Is Ensemble with Rene Hart at ER and they were killing. Went to the Tony Campise memorial and it was really beautiful and tasteful. Austinites really know how to do things. Played some great jam sessions with Aaron Allen and Kyle Thompson and with Dave Sierra, John Mills and Aaron, and with Ed Jurisinsky and Daniel Durham. Got out and did a lot of running but the weather turned kind of bad the weekend of SXSW.
This week up and back to Boston, flight 2 hours late coming back and I played that night with 3 collective at the elephant room and was totally fried. Oh yeah, saw Jim Odgren in the hall on Wednesday night at Berklee and played a session with him, Dave Santoro, Jun the drummer and a really nice trumpet player whose name I don't remember. That was a whole lot of fun!! But, as usual, I was totally beat after no sleep and two 10 hour days of teaching. But fun anyway. This week I played with 3 collective featuring Eli at the ER on Thursday, last night at Sao Paulo's and tonight at Resistencia bookstore. Sheryl Bailey is in town (austin) for a concert with David Krakuer (sp) and she came by Sao Paulo's and sat in and sounded wonderful as usual. Monday back to Boston, Wednesday back to Austin then gigs at ER with Rich Harney (yeah!), Sao Paulo's, a recording at George Oldzieys.
In April going to be in New York for a couple of weeks then doing a gig in Colombia as a leader with Akiko Pavolka, Matt Pavolka and Eric Halvorson which will be different. Akiko will be singing my tunes and that should be good. I'm trying to memorize them now. After Colombia a few days in New York, back to Austin for two weeks then New York/Vermont the last week in May. In June/July I've got a weekly Sunday gig at Whip-In and I'll be playing a lot of Monk tunes and odd meter tunes with Kyle and Aaron if they are available and if not then someone else. Going to be in NY about a week a month through the summer.

March 11 / 2010 Austin
fly, teach, fly, gig, fly, teach, fly, gig, collapse, fly, teach, gig, vomit, fly, teach, collapse, teach, fly, gig. espresso shots with crema. sxsw. arguments with sax players. lovano playing gallops gallop at berklee last week. more espresso. running by the river chuck. nice students. more flying. taxes.

Feb. 17 / 2010 Austin
In new york for the last couple of weeks in between boston teaching. Back to Boston monday, Austin on Thursday. Heard Eric Halvorson with Ugonna Okegwo and Vicki Cave last night and that was really nice. Then Dred Scott at BAM and that was great as well. Been messing around with the La Pavoni I fixed for Jess for Christmas and that's been fun. Lionel Lueke coming to one of my classes on Tuesday when he visit's Boston. He's so amazing. Been mixing organ quartet project with Adam Kolker, Eric Halvorson, Ben Stivers and think I'm going to put it out. Also put my "Fragment" CD iTunes. Had some good hand pulled noodles from a place on Forsythe st. very near the Manhattan bridge. Ran into David Berkman, Jerome Sabbah, Tim Lefebvre, Nir Felder and some others in Brooklyn. Said hi to Ben Rubin at the Dred Scott thing, saw Bruce Hall, did some mixing with Eric Halvorson.

Back in Austin now after Boston/NY. Some tough travel with 2 flights cancelled because of the "storm" but eventually made it out of Boston. Played a nice gig with Elias Haslanger at the Elephant Room and a nice session yesterday with Kyle Thompson and Aaron Allen. Been getting a lot more consistent about pulling shots with the La Pavoni.


noodle place

dred scott at BAM

snow in boston


Jan. 12 / 2010 austin
gigs, recordings, working on books, no online, perfecting the espresso, jam sessions, finding the right pick, trying to get ready for travel next week. 14 weeks of rough stuff coming up.

Dec. 16 / 2009 back in austin, been doing some playing, grading online classes, running in some pretty cool weather, practicing (hexatonics mostly), mixing some of the session I did with Eric Halvorson, Adam Kolker and Ben Stivers way back in October. Some pics of a fun bassless trio gig I've been doing on Sundays with Kevin Witt and Alex Coke at the Whip-In.


Sitting on the lucky star, boston to new york, got free wifi. Really fun gig last night with tim miller, bruno raberg and mark walker. Johnny D's in somerville, wherever that it. I think it's a bit north west of cambridge. was raining pretty hard earlier but now the sun is out - and shining directly into my eyes. Gonna change seats. Not much sleep the last few days - got to bed 1am last night and up at 5:30 so I could get the 6:30am bus to NY. Had some pretty bad mcdonalds coffee and I know our next stop on the lucky star is an Arby's somewhere in connecticut so i'm not expecting much there, either. Playing a jam session in brooklyn with stan kilian this afternoon which should be fun but doesn't give me much time to decompress (decompose?) since I probably won't get home until at least noon. one more week of berklee then hopefully no flying for a while. 2 weeks of online classes then I have 3 weeks off!! I won't know what to do with myself if I'm not grading assignments, having online office hours and answering emails all day. I'll sure I'll think of something to do, though.

At the end of a day and a half in brooklyn. I've been sleeping and reading most of the time. I guess I was just exhausted. Wanted to hear Akiko Pavolka last night but fell asleep and missed it. Damn! Beautiful weather in Brooklyn and went for a Prospect Park run this morning - felt very sluggish after this last couple of weeks. Trying to cook some good food, take it easy. Going to hear Hebert with Michael Adkins et.al. at Cornelia St. tomorrow - hope to meet Eric Halvorson for a beer tonight. It's all good.

Nov 20, 2009 / brooklyn
Been a busy few weeks. From NY last time back to Boston where I heard two Adam Rogers clinics - he was just amazing. Back to Austin where I played (a little) on a Tony Campise benefit. Tony is a wonderful saxophonist who was severely injured last month - brain surgery. But he seems to be making amazing progress and hopefully will be able to play again. I also played with 3 jazz collective at the Elephant Room with Sam Lipman and Charles Medearis then the next night with Eli Haslanger's band - both of which were great. I heard a short set of Sam, Joao and Brannen before my Eli gig on Saturday and that was so beautiful. A week off from Berklee then back to Boston last Monday, Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Very drunk guy on the Lucky Star bus yelling all 220 miles from Boston to NY (no, not me. at least I don't think so)- the driver just ignored him instead of putting him off. Next day a rehearsal with Don Falzone's group at my place then a gig at Nublu (lower east side) with same group for the Nublu jazz festival. Donny Mccaslin playing with us and with Vana Gierig's group after us - Donny is unbelievable. So freaking strong and can play whatever he wants. I thought Don's music went really well and Vana's group with Clarence Penn and Sean Conly was incredible. Kind of a long walk from the F train to Ave. C and then from the F train to my place in brooklyn - in the rain - but today all I have is a jam session with Eric Halvorson, Tyler Blanton and Matt Pavolka and then 2 office hours. Feeling stretched pretty thin at this point. Haven't been this tired in a while and I got 6 hours of sleep last night which for me is good.

Friday - Really nice session with Matt, Eric and Tyler, nice run in Prospect Park now 2 office hours then hopefully something good to eat.

me, don falzone, donny mccaslin

donny, vana gierig, sean conley, clarence penn at nublu jazz festival

tony campise benefit at elephant room

brooklyn apartment

Oct 30
Played with Eric Halvorson and Don Falzone today which was a lot of fun. Nice to see those guys again as well. Ran on Thursday in Prospect Park (7.5 miles), beautiful day, all good. Tonight I drove Adam Kolkers BMW up to Smoke where he met me after his gig - I was a bit worried about driving in NY after so long but it seemed even easier than Tx although the clutch in Adams car very stiff. We heard David Berkman with Antonio Hart, Ed Howard and Ted Poor. Ted was astounding. Great to see David again and he is playing great and writing some fine new music. NY marathon is tomorrow and I may go down to 4th ave to watch then to Grassroots to hear Adam K. with Jeff Williams.

Tuesday, oct. 27 / continental
Back on continental to Newark then Boston. Not much sleep for the last few days with an early morning flight on Sunday then today as well. Had a lot of fun at USF doing a couple of clinics and a concert last night. Played with tenor player Jack Wilkins, Mark Neunschwanger (bass), Ian Goodman (drums) and Larue Nicholson (gtr) on Pannonica. Great bunch of players, really nice crowd, good amp, nice hotel room, good food afterwards. Going to be a long day today though - up at 5am to Berklee by 1:15 then teach straight until 9pm. Tomorrow up at 5:30am, teach until 8pm then the bus to New York. It'll be good to be in Brooklyn again and hopefully I'll get some rest - no big projects coming up and no flying until a week from thursday when I go back to Austin.

Oct. 21 / continental

back on the plane to Austin. Great week with Jess in NY then a couple of very long teaching days in Boston although the students are really great this term and it's a real pleasure to be able to interact with them. It's also nice to make something of a living having a guitar in my hands part of the time. Played Ibanez at berklee on a whim and glad now I didn't sell it. Pretty cool guitar. My gig at elephant room tomorrow and looking forward to playing with Ephraim, Red and Brannen. No rehearsal but whatever - they can handle it. On sunday going to Tampa for a clinic/concert then Boston on Tuesday and New York Wednesday night until Monday afternoon. Going to be busy but looking forward to being back in NY so soon and also planning more recordings and gigs if possible. Weather in Boston today was amazing and I enjoyed my run by the river chuck. Hate the treadmill at the gym. Hopefully the nice weather will continue

Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 / Boston
Back in Boston now after a great 10 days in new york. Beautiful gig with Jeremy Stratton, Adam Kolker and George Schuller and my friends Bruce Hall and Stan Killian sat in. Really nice recording with Adam, Eric Halvorson and my new friend, Ben Stivers playing organ. Ben is killing! I wish we would have been able to do a gig or rehearse before the recording but everyone (except me) played great and I'm really looking forward to hearing the takes. Have to give it some time because I can't use Pro Tools away from home. Eric really nailed everything and made the music happen as well as engineering - very difficult. Then Jessica jetBlue'd it into town on Tuesday night and we had Kiku sushi, Wednesday we went to the Astoria sculpture garden, the noguchi museum, Bohemian Hall, i lost track of thursday but I know we found killing pizza at Toby's Public House at some point (it's about 2 minutes from our brooklyn place), went into town on Friday and walked a lot and ate at Porchetta in Manhattan which was wonderful, Saturday we went to the Kandinsky exhibit at the Guggenheim (with Bruce Hall) then more pizza from Toby's, Sunday we went to the Transit Museum and made food at home, Monday I took the bus to Boston and Jess walked around Brooklyn.

toby's menu

ben stivers at The Sweatshop studio for recording

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 / Brooklyn

On a non-vomit related note, beautiful weather here in Brooklyn, my cold is retreating ("Damn thee, mucal invader!"), got a nice gig tomorrow, got some nice tortellini from Russo's on 7th ave., the apartment is cleaner than it was, I got the washing machine fixed, ordered a new refrigerator handle, defrosted the fridge, fixed the cooktop, fixed the 64 princeton, worked out my signal path, practiced, exercised…..busy day but feels so easy with no gig tonight and no responsibilities. Going to read a book.

Lucky Star bus / October 8 / 2009

Back on the Lucky Star headed for brooklyn from boston. A very tedious few days - Tuesday up at 3:30am to make a very early plane, arrived Berklee 1:30, taught 2-10, to sleep at midnight, up at 5:30 on wednesday, gym, taught 9am-9:30pm, up 5:30 Wednesday with a brand new cold. Did one make up class 9-11 and made the noon Lucky Star. Not very crowded because it's Thursday and I should be back in brooklyn by 5:30 or so. Really looking forward to playing with Jeremy Stratton, Adam Kolker and George Schuller on Sunday, recording my stuff Mon/Tues, my wife is coming on Tuesday night. Going to take a pizza tour of New York since New York Magazine had an issue with all the best pizza places in the boroughs. Wanted to hear Kurt R. at the Vanguard but his run is over there. Actually, he's playing in Boston tonight and tomorrow. I would love to hear him but I'm really anxious to get back in my apartment in Bklyn and get it back in shape. A beautiful day today and the trees are turning colors already. I guess it is October now - already 5 weeks of Berklee gone and only 9 more to go. Played a wonderful gig with Rich Harney, Alex Coke, Buddy Mohamed and Masumi Jones last week at St. Cecilia's church in Austin. The room didn't sound very good but it was really fun to play with all those great musicians. I'll be away from Austin for about 2 1/2 weeks. About the same in November. Playing a gig with Don Falzone, Donny McCaslin and Eric Halvorson at Nu Blu in November and really looking forward to that.

October 1 / Austin

Back in Austin after 3 days (or 2.5) in boston. Left the house Tx 9am on monday got to Berklee about 7pm because of connecting flights on Continental (still much cheaper than Jetblue but not as many miles for a free flight), time change, driving to the airport in Austin, subway to school in Boston. Then another 45 minute subway ride to the shithole where I sleep in Boston so a pretty long travel day. I figure I commute about 20-24 hours a week. Still, worth it not to live in Boston. Although it's costing me a lot. I figure I spent more than I brought home going to berklee this month. Next month not so bad because I'm going to be in NY a lot and the bus is only $30 round trip. November should be good as well. But it's good to have a guitar in my hands for 10 hours a day and the great berklee students keeping me on my toes despite my sleep deprivation and less than optimal living conditions. The fitness center next to Berklee really helps, too, and the early running by the river in good weather makes the 16-20 hour days a lot more bearable. Seeing all my good friends there helps a lot, too. I sure miss playing with Rick, the Jims (Kelly and Odgren), Marcello, Tim Miller, Tony Gaboury, Bruce Bartlett, Winston, etc. Maybe Boston would be bearable if I lived there and could play with these people. At least I wouldn't be traveling all the time. But how to afford three houses?

Really looking forward to recrording with Eric, Ben and Adam in Oct. and playing with Jeremy at Grassroots Tavern. Also looking forward to getting back into my apartment. Here's a couple of pics of Tony Scherr hamming it up in my apt. right before I moved to Austin. Jess and I had a going away party and I think this was like 3am after everyone else had left. My tele with the '52 neck - Tony is a badass guitar player if you haven't heard. Is Tony the reason I wear black jeans and T-shirts all the time now? Hope not (that's kind of creepy) but he does get my ultimate respect as both a person and a musician. One of a kind. I've known him since 1985 and he's always been a wonderful person and genius musician. As you can see from the pics. Very serious guy.


September 27 / Austin

Been a rough few weeks. Traveling back and forth to Boston from Austin, a few gigs, a new "environment" page for the online classes that is very unwieldy, had to euthanize the best cat ever (Mr. Fuzz), sleeping in a shithole when I'm in Boston, spent more than I made this month because of travel/lodging costs, etc. But some high points: great gigs: Stan Killian in San Antonio, with Kevin Witt and Alex Coke at Whip-in, with Joao, Kevin and Eli Haslanger at Sao Paulo's, with Eli at Elephant Room, the weather has been cool and rainy in Austin, running by the river Chuck in Boston in the mornings, a new Macbook Pro (smaller and more portable), David Lee has given me some great Kurt recordings that aren't available, checking out Johannes and Ari's DVD which is killing, going to be in New York a lot in Oct/Nov, haven't gotten sick (yet), there is beer in the fridge, the other cats seem to be okay for now. Listening to Joe Henderson "Relaxin' At Camirillo," Dave Douglas, some of the flights have been somewhat comfortable, the health club where I shower in Boston went down in price, got some good students at Berklee., Adam Rogers is going to be doing a clinic at Berklee in November, I'm doing a clinic/concert at USF in October, doing a recording in New York in October....lots of good stuff.
On the down side my car started to fuck up last week on the way to the airport to leave for Boston. $500 later it's basically just surviving. Hope to make it through another year with that one. My amps are all working, though.

August 26 / Austin

Back from a week in Boston. Had a good bunch of students in the guitar sessions this year - 16th time I've done it? A lot, anyway. Great to see Rick Peckham, Larry Baione, Jim Kelly, Curt Shumate, Bruce Bartlett, Mike Williams, David Tronzo....probably forgetting someone. Oh yeah, Tony Gaboury and Steve Grover came down from Maine and we had dinner together and great to see them as well. I played a concert with Bruno Raberg and Lee Fish and that was fun. Played the new Collings Soco and I'm having a little trouble getting used to the electronics on that thing - hopefully get it tweaked this week. This week because next week I start my weekly travels to Boston. That's gonna hurt. Still trying to figure out where I can stay in Boston.
Had some nice gigs in Austin this week: Saturday with Rich Harney and Alex Coke, Tues. at the Continental Gallery (the best audience in the world) with Ephraim Owens and Pat Harris. Got Sao Paulos on Friday with Joao Vargas and Kevin Witt and looking forward to that. Got the Collings tweaked and it's much better.

July 23/ Austin
Back from a week in Mexico which was really fun but exhausting. Don't know why but it was. Cooler there but very humid. Really wonderful people there and wonderful musicians. Got to play a bit with Edgar Dorantes and that was really fun. Hanging out with Aleph and Alberto, all the students at Jazz UV, the great faculty there. Played a couple of concerts of all my music, did a TV show, passed out from exhaustion at the dinner table on Friday (a bit embarrassing). Ate some trout in Coatepec, drank some coffee, ate some eggs in the hotel. Very difficult to sleep in the hotel because of traffic noise which never seemed to stop except from about 3-5am.

Hot in Austin, gearing up for Boston in a few weeks for Guitar Sessions then Berklee in September - already booking the flights and that's depressing. Heard Helen Sung at the Elephant Room this week and that was very good.

view from hotel room - non-traffic side

lake in xalapa

aleph and alberto playing at Tavola - a great restaurant and great hang


more xalapa

trucha (trout) in coatepec



July 6 / Austin
I gotta say, I'm so tired of talking about jazz and I find it impossible to read about it. I love to listen to it and I try not to be make any sort of preconceptions. Like a wine snob or something. "Oooh, wellllll, I find this blah, blah...." It's freaking music and it's honest and good or it's not. Sometimes, of course, I get pissed off when I'm playing with people and they are obviously not listening and playing too loud or something. I rarely find, in Austin, that jazz players are not loud enough. Although I played with the great musician Russ Scanlon the other day and it was really quiet. He's the best. But that's usually not the case. But reading these different blogs with "critics" going into such detail as to why they don't think a certain recording or artist is "good" is an exercise in futility.

June 24 / Austin
Great gig last night at the Continental Club Gallery with Ephraim Owens and Chris Maresh. The place was full, it was late and everyone was so QUIET! Just listening - it's been a long time since that has happened. Stephen Barber was there and that's so cool that he would come out and such a nice person. Met Dave Pulkingham and he's really nice as well. Late night and then up to run and it's already 85°F by 9am. Crap - it's hot.

Sadly, both Tina Marsh and Terry Lipman passed away this month. I had only met them once or twice but they both seemed like incredibly vibrant people. Went to Terry's memorial and that was really beautiful - on Lake Travis. Ephraim played, Sam played, lots of funny and sometimes touching tributes from people around the world. Then later the same day to Tina's memorial and there were many people there as well. Very hot but all sorts of performances.

June 2009 / Austin
Been buying amps like there is no tomorrow. Got the '64 twin then a '65 princeton reverb showed up on craigslist for what seemed like a great price so I bought that as well. Unfortunately, it was a great price because it was way out in Llano which is about 2 hours from Austin one way. But I drove out and bought it from a guy named Roger who probably paid $50 for it - he buys estates then sells everything piecemeal. The amp also needed some work and I went back to my good buddy Brian - Jon at Toneworks gave himself a 450v jolt and "isn't taking any work" after getting out of the hospital. I found Brian on the internet and he fixed the twin for me in 24 hours for what seemed like a very good price. I took the princeton to him and figured it would be about the same but he really reamed me this time. Like a drug dealer - gets you hooked then.....
But the amp sounds really good. It's almost as loud as my Deluxe, lots of low end. Then I had to get a new speaker, of course. More money. It had the original Oxford but I thought a Eminence would be cleaner. It is but just doesn't sound as good. Crap.
Lots of gigs this week. Played last night with Kevin at Whip-in, drums and guitar. That went pretty well but I think people are over the duo thing. Tonight it's both sets at the Elephant Room - early show with Nathan Hook and late with Sam Lipman. Tomorrow early at Elephant Room with Liz Morphis then over to Sao Paulo to finish the night with kevin witt. Saturday trio at Romeo's with Rich Harney and Alex Coke, Sunday duo brunch with Liz Morphis. At least I'm playing a bit. Also trying to get a gig with a trio, Steve Schwelling and Pat Harris, where Steve plays tablas/drumset and I play acoustic guitar. Got together with those guys last week and it was really fun. But Dipak at Whip-In is strangely silent when I email about a gig. Oh well.
July is looking good except for a trip to Mexico for a week for a jazz camp. August Berklee Guitar Sessions. September: back to teaching. Argh.

austin - may 22, 2009
Well, that previous entry was kind of dark....sorry. I think being in boston or flying or being really tired or a combination of these is the problem. Or I'm just an asshole - or all of the above. Since I've been back in Austin I've had a string of really nice gigs including an organ quartet gig with Brannen Temple, Red Young and Ephraim Owens that was really a lot of fun. I played a couple of recitals at UT with some very nice players including one with Russell Haight that I really enjoyed. All Monk music with a really nice band. Been doing the drum/guitar duo thing at Whip-In with Kevin Witt a couple of times a month and that's a blast. One thing that's been really nice is my new amp. NEW AMP!!!! A 1964 Twin that's amazing. It died the first week I had it and I was scared that it was a transformer but I found this great repair guy in Austin, Brian @ http://www.ottos-guitars.com/guitaramp.html, and he fixed it in less than 24 hours. Jon from Tonecraft was in the hospital and I hear that he got a jolt (450 volts) when he was working on an amp. Ouch. But Brian turned out to be great and I'm really digging this amp. In general, musicians play really loud in Austin and even with the Vibrolux I couldn't cut the gigs. The amp was breaking up too much. But the Twin is really warm but still clean. And freakin' heavy. It's about 15 lbs. heavier than the Vibrolux and it would never work in NY unless I was as happening as Adam Rogers (never happen) and had cartage. But in Austin it's fine - usually no problem with parking and even after a few beers I can still get the thing back into the car without hurting myself. I'm running it on about 3 or 4 and that seems to be plenty of juice for just about anything. Jess is in the last stages of the Senate session so she's working 60-70 hours a week which is a drag. But only 2 more weeks of that. I've got a couple of my own gigs coming up, going to Xalapa, Mexico, for a jazz guitar camp in July, Berklee Guitar Sessions in August then back to teaching in September. I'll be in NY a lot more in the fall - can't afford to fly Austin/Boston every week. It really hurt, financially, physically and mentally, for the last couple of years. I really don't want to be away from Jess and away from Austin so much but I just...can't...do...the travel/teaching thing every week.

boston - april 13, 2009
Okay, berklee freshman, enough with the Trane "I Hear a Rhapsody" solo. I was playing that when I was 20 also but even though you play tenor I think I had an easier time of it because you seem to PLAYING THE FIRST CHORUS OVER AND OVER. Yes, it's a beautiful solo, yes, I applaud your choice, you have a nice sound, you seem to be in tune but....I'm paying $90 a night for a closet sized room in the fine town of Boston, sharing a bath with some mature ladies and shady Europeans who seem to need to spend a whole lot of time preparing their toilet hence preventing me from accessing the mildew encrusted facilities. Now I'm trying to grade online assignments because I'm way behind and you are bugging the shit out of me. All I can hear is your fucking tenor through these paper-thin walls - after 10 straight hours of teaching the last thing I want to hear is this. The teaching was not so bad, by the way. But NOW IT'S OVER SO SHUT THE FUCK UP. You are going to force me to got to the front desk and annoy the gay guy running this establishment once more or call the cops. I really don't want to do either one. I want a little peace and quiet in my overpriced closet, I want to not put my feet on the nastiness that is the shower floor, I want some condiments on my soy sandwiches and access to a toaster, I want to be with my wife. Am I whining again? Perhaps. But for God's sake, a tenor player should be able to play the Rhapsody solo by the time they are 15. Maybe you are some infant over there, some sort of freak of nature, a 10 year old readying themself for the big Berklee audition. Somehow I doubt it. But.....whatever. I'm going to knock on some doors soon. Beware my wrath.

austin - april 8, 2009
Okay, okay, I'm a whiner. Everyone knows that, just let me have my moment of depression. Maybe a few moments...whatever. I was listening to a recording I did with Don Falzone, Donny McCaslin, Eric Halvorson, Adam Rogers, et. al., today, and I sound relaxed. Donny completely buries me but at least I don't seem to be rushing. We did this last summer so it's not so long ago and makes me feel like the recordings I've heard of myself from Austin are an aberration - I have tamed the rushing monster at times. Not completely but at least in terms of playing with musicians I've played with for years and I sound comfortable. I still don't like my overall vibe on the stuff, especially playing after Donny who totally annihilates everyone and everything. In a totally nice way, of course. Donny, the friendly Mastadon. If I could play one chorus like Donny...... sorry, waxing rhapsodic. Anyway, great to play with my good friends Joao and Kevin, played a nice gig with Sam Lipman who always sounds incredible, great to play with Ryan and Kyle on that gig, playing with the fabulous Chris Maresh tomorrow...I'm a whiner. I should be counting my blessings. These are some great musicians and I feel blessed to be in their company. Played some great gigs with Ephraim, Chris, Sam Lipman, Tony Campisi, John Fremgen, etc. Hope I didn't leave anyone out.

Spain Feb-Mar 2009

Continental headed for Barcelona Feb. 23, 2009 9pm my time 4am ES
Headed to Spain to play with Masa Kamaguchi and Xavi Maureta.
Continental still serves food, such as it is, I have a whole row to myself and it's only an hour late. Granted, it's going to be about 24 hours of travel with the flight from austin to newark and the layover and then we play our first gig with no rehearsal but it'll be great to play with masa again. I've been working on trying to memorize my own tunes for the last couple of weeks and it's brutal work. I can memorize Monk's "Skippy" in one or two days but my own tunes......not so easy. Not because they are more intricate or complicated than Monk's, just not as logical or musical - or good. But they're mine. Been a really nice couple of months in Austin, doing a few gigs but mostly practicing and doing sessions at the house, eating really well and hanging out with jess when i can. It may have been a mistake taking the semester off from berklee but it sure has been nice. Jess and I ate at Vespaio the other night and it was incredible, the weather has been amazing, I've been playing with some really nice players and hearing some nice music. Went to hear Eli Haslanger the other night and he sounded amazing as did the whole band. Really wanted to hear Darin Layne last night but wanted to wake up at 5:30am so the jet lag thing wouldn't be so bad. Hopefully hear him next month. Played with Chris Maresh, Rob Kazenel and Sam Lipman in San Antonio and that was good, did a nice trio thing at Romeo's with Steve Schwelling and Pat Harris, a nice duo gig with Brian Martin, a nice gig with Chris, Sam and JJ, some other really nice ones. Been working on well, "work", virgo, some of my own tunes, young and foolish, sippin' at bells, serenity in 9, some other stuff. Gonna shut down now and watch Max Payne on the tiny tv before I try and crash for a few hours. Maybe I should use another word than "crash" when I'm flying 35,000 over the middle of the Atlantic. Later.
Day 2? Day 3? Anyway, Wed. Feb 25 / Barcelona

Well, saw Max Payne (bad) as well as a really bad quasi-Lord of the Rings movie with Jason Stratham (in the name of the king?). Now, ta-da!, jet lag. Lagging a bit here. Mighty long day(s) yesterday(s). Up at 5:30 am, fly to Newark , layover a few hours, fly to barcelona (slept maybe an hour), plane an hour late so arrive 10am, missed Valencia train - next train 2:30pm. Subway to Masa's, hang out for an hour, subway to main train station, train to Valencia, slept maybe 45". See Xavi on the train, very cool. Walk to hotel, 2 hours until sound check. Try to sleep and can't do it so shower, practice for a while, Skype Jess but get her voicemail. A nice coffee in the lobby of Hostel Antigua Morellana (www.hostelam.com) for .50 Euro, walk to Jimmy Glass (www. jimmyglassjazz.net). Quick sound check, run 2 tunes, it's all good. Go down the street for a café doublé, beer for Masa and Xavi, back to Jimmy Glass now it's 9pm and there are people in here! Very nice. Meet someone who has all of my CDs (ebay) and wants me to sign. Go in back room, hang out until 9:45 and then play a set. It's great to play with Masa again and he consistently get the most solo applause. I'm so tired and hungry that I think I'm going to fall down. Play an hour, take a break, drink a glass of wine with a really nice cheese sandwich, see Perico Sambeat and talk for bit. He's got his horn and sits in the next set and sounds great. We end with a Perico selection of Just In Time a lot faster than I was equipped to play after about 40 hours of no sleep, not much food and a couple of glasses of wine. Hang out in Jimmy Glass drinking wine and breathing second-hand cigarette smoke unitl about 1:30 then back to the hotel. Around 2:30 I finally am able to sleep and wake up every so often - I'm right by the elevator and anytime someone uses it I'm awake for a few minutes but am able to go back to sleep. Masa and I have an 11am train so by 10 I'm checking out the coffee machine in the lobby again. We walk to the train station where I have a really nice coffee-doublé in the café, we make our train and back to Barcelona by 2pm. At Masa's apt. by 2:30, eat some pasta, crash for a while (it's siesta time after all) and here I am, thinking about practicing but not very seriously, listening the the guys in the alley out back arguing about something and banging on pipes, using some sort of power tool, grinding, banging, arguing, etc. Wonder what happens tomorrow?


jimmy glass - valencia

Wednesday midnight
Been sort of sitting around since Masa and I got back. Took a short nap, practiced, read some magazines and then about 9:30 Masa started dinner and we had some really fresh raw shrimp and a nice pizza. Drank some wine, talked about how moving from new york to places like barcelona or austin is really hard in some ways and easy in others. Easy because there are more gigs, life isn't a constant struggle, the life style is better, the food is great, etc. Hard because the musicians can be really good but it's very rare for things to work out like they do in New York and the whole musician attitude is much more closed and judgemental. Now it's midnight, I took a Melatonin, got my earplugs in because Masa's roommate stays up all night watching movies and it's pretty loud. I was hoping to sleep tonight. No gig tomorrow but a rehearsal with Masa and Xavi. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Went out for a walk on the Ramblas Thursday and went all the way to the port, walked around down there, walked back to the Metro (red line) and back to Clot. We played in Granollers Friday night and that was fun. Saw Joan Sanmarti and he was nice enough to bring a Boss adapter so I could use my effects (I forgot the adapter at Masa's). Jeremy Stratton and his wife Eva came out and I was great to see them. The gig went pretty well but some of the new tunes are still difficult for me and I don't always remember everything. Granollers is about half an hour from Barcelona. We played 11-1 and by the time we got back to Masa's it was about 2:30, we stayed up drinking wine until about 3:30 or 4. On Saturday we played in Vic at a place called Jazz Cava and the place was a lot like a cave. A kind of old fort looking place, all stone with tiles on the floor and a sort of curved ceiling. It was really cold and damp inside but they had a guitar amp which was great because even though it's really nice of Masa to loan me an amp, his amp is kind of lame. We went out for pizza across the street then started playing about 11:30. Lot's of people - nice crowd. On the first tune the fabulous amp (solid state Fender Princeton) died so I used the bass amp that Masa wasn't using. Played some tunes we hadn't played yet on gigs and they were semi-successful. Played until 1 and then a encore, packed up and back to Barcelona. Stopped by cops twice for sobriety checks. Back to Xavi's and I drove from Xavi's to Masa's because Masa doesn't have a license. Drink wine, 4am sleep. Up at 10 and today a concert here at Jazz Clot Underground. All my clothes stink of second-hand cigarette smoke because everyone smokes here - all the time.




Had a really nice concert at Jazz Clot Underground last night. About 65 people there including Joan Sanmarti and Muna, a really nice singer from Mexico, her friends. Joan sat in on a couple of tunes, the concert went well. Met Joe Smith and a guy named Bruce Arkin and some others. Using Masa's really crappy amp but as long as we played quietly it sounded okay. I was pretty hungry since the only thing I ate all day was one of Fabio's Bomba's which is a rice ball about the size of a tennis ball. Tasted kind of like a tennis ball, too (sorry Fabio). This morning the noise started pretty early so not much sleep but I just walked to the Sagraga Familia and checked it out - very impressive. Now I'm in a Starbucks drinking coffee and eating carrot cake. I was hoping for some wi-fi so I could grade some assignments but no luck - not as advertised. Coltrane was on a second ago with A Love Supreme now it's a very nervous sounding Joe Pass playing How High the Moon.


jazz clot

Master class at the Taller de Musics today. They got me a taxi over there (sweet ride), it was really easy, nice people, talented students, paid well, got some good espresso. Afterwards I went to the cafe and had 4 sardines, some maccaron (macarroni - i'm going for menu items i recognize) and some wine (they put the whole bottle on the table), found the subway and got back to Clot no problemo - subway in barcelona probably easier for me than NY subway for Spaniards. Spent the afternoon and evening grading online assignments and starting to get pretty hungry - it's almost 10pm now and I guess this dinner isn't going to happen. I would go out but Masa has fired up the oven about 2 hours ago but I think he may have fallen asleep. Not eating a whole lot here in Spain and I think tomorrow that's going to change. I want to eat some tapas. I'm in freaking Spain! I deserve to eat greasy meatball and pork fried tapas and drink passable and very cheap wine simultaneously. Tomorrow Jamboree and it'll be good to be playing again. It's fine to teach but I'm not really playing, just vamping.

Rainy today. Walked around a bit around noon, found a laudromat fairly close - really need to wash some clothes. Going out now to replenish the wine supply. Jamboree tonight. Finished grading all my online classes at great personal anguish. Yow. It's tough to be in Barcelona grading online assignments.
Getting burnt. Ready to sleep in my own bed. 5 more days, 3 more gigs. I really sucked last night. Just couldn't play. Fabio playing 80's Italian rock really loud. For some reason even though he usually sleeps until 3pm he woke up at noon. Argh.

jamboree thursday

- 4am
Okay - now extremely burnt. I'm an old man after all. Nights up late (witness the time), kids yelling by 8am, guys working out in back by 9am, leave for the gig at around 7pm. Kind of cold outside. Ate greasy tapas in whatever city we were in - about an hour outside of Barcelona. Pig intestine tapas, some fried squid, patatoes bravos - thick french fry kind of things with extremely heavy aioli - mayo, garlic and parsley - cheap spanish wine - all in all very tasty and now I've had my tapas fix; around the corner from Griffin Jazz club. 10am Finally figured out how to find Masa's password for the wifi using keychain access and hope to work that out. (didn't work). Patricias computer stolen on Thursday, probably by squatters next door. 2 more gigs. Last night went pretty well; small place, decent amp thanks to Joan Sanmarti, played some new tunes and only 1 non-original (Monk's "Played Twice.") Great lunch from Patricia about 2pm Friday, off for tonights gig in about an hour I guess. Fried, fried, fried. Did I mention I was fried?

el pla des encants / Friday / Callela


Friday gig went well but long day, sleep 4am and up at 9am for drive to Castellón for last gig. Masa's car very hot because unable to turn off the heater. About 3 hour drive, really nice hotel in Castellón. Go to lunch and have more patatas bravas - fried potatoes in a spicy aioli which I'm not crazy about. Chicken croquettes are good and a really nice shellfish thing. Beer. Try to nap at the hotel but no good. Meet Toni Porcar, the guy who booked us and go out to dinner. Toni makes wine and it's really good, tons of food. Aioli of course, grilled vegetables, octopus, bread with olive oil and tomatoes, salad, more wine. I had hake (fish) as an entré, masa had monkfish, Xavi had turbot, toni and fernando had meat. Then after dinner cigars, grappa, coffee. Seriously full and by now it's 10;30 and we play at 11. Back to the hall for the concert, goes pretty well. Wine, whisky, etc. Concert is over and back to the hotel, pay for an internet connection, Skype Jess and 4am try to get some sleep. Now it's 9:00am on Sunday and we're going to drive back to Barcelona in a hour or so.

castellon gig - toni's pic

castellon gig - toni's pic

xavi / castellón

Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday / Continental to Austin March 10
Went to he beach with Masa, Patricia and Hugo and had a really nice Paella but missed changing my Euros at the bank (banks close at 2). Gave a lesson in the afternoon, graded some online assignments, hung out with Masa drinking wine until about 2am. Up at 6 and for some reason just couldn't concentrate and almost missed my 6:50 train to the airport. Bought a ticket the day before but I guess they are only good the day of so had to get another. Made it to the airport by 7:45 for my flight but totally spaced on changing Euros at the airport because I was trying to find my way around the airport and didn't realize no cash exchanges once you are past security. Crap! Long, long flight but not too bad. I watched 4 movies. Eventually Newark then an almost 6 hour layover. Now it's 10pm or 3am Barcelona time, I'm on Continental flight 806 for austin and have been traveling for 20 hours now with 3 more to go. Caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror of the BCN flight. Mighty scary. Long day. No food on this flight (and no more looking in the mirror at any cost) which is a first for a Continental flight for me. But I have a row to myself and it's the row with the empty exit row seat in front. Sweet deal. But I'm ready, really ready, to be at home. 3 hours seems like an eternity at this point. And I've got those freaking Euros to deal with. At Newark the exchange was $112=100 and at the Barcelona airport, worse than the barcelona bank, it was $126=100. Crap. Crap. Okay, think the day is hitting me now and I can sleep. Also think I've got a cold.

Austin jan 2009
Been having a lot of fun. Played today with Aaron Allen, Sam Lipman and Rob Kazenel and it was great. Been doing a couple of jam sessions a week, working on new music, practicing, doing good gigs. Played last night with Joao, JJ and Philippe and that was really nice, Thursday with JJ, Chris maresh and Sam and that was nice, too. Ephraim Owens sat it and that was great. Not too many people out as per the usual lack of interest in my music but there were some moments and I feel it was successful. Stephen Barber was there and just that alone makes things all good. He's so heavy and just to have him checking out the music, warts and all, is a real thrill. He's off to NY next week to do something with Peter Gabriel and somebody else totally heavy so I can't believe he's in the house for one of my gigs. And I also can't believe how nice of a person he is. Well, maybe not. I've met some really heavy musicians (totally by accident) and it seems like the heavier they are, the nicer they are. Frisell, DeJohnette, Holland, Barber, on and on, they are all the nicest people on earth. Including the people I know that other people don't know like John Hebert, Tony Scherr, Bruce Hall, Adam Kolker......so many others who are incredible humans as well as incredible musicians. Hmmm, perhaps it was the wine we drank at Rob's during the session that makes me wax so sentimental. Anyway, things are good here. No gigs tonight, Jess is cooking up some really killing mexican thing (she's been checking out Rick Bayless' cookbook and it's amazing), we've got netflix, my chops are up, got nothing tomorrow, the cats are fed, it's cold but only in the 40's and not NY temps. Life is good.

Austin - january 16, 2009
Been in Austin for a month now - weather has been good most of the time but it's starting to be cold more often than not. Yesterday it was a chilly 55° when I went out to run in the park. Practicing a lot, at least one jam session a week, a couple of gigs here and there, writing music, messing around with the drums, drinking lots of coffee (and maybe some wine as well), surfing the internet. Getting ready to go to Spain in a few weeks with Masa and working on music for that. Can't figure out which guitar to play and that's driving me crazy. I've been eyeing the Sadowsky semi-hollow guitar but the very last thing I need is another guitar! I've already got way too many. Been playing the Ibanez AS-200 now and then and trying to get used to that but more often than not I'll bring 2 guitars to a gig. Also playing through a Valvetech amp that seems pretty nice. Argh, gear! Had some nice gigs with Stan Killian, Paul White, Rich Harney, a really fun 2 nights with JJ Johnson, great one with Sam Lipman. Been a nice month.

Jessica and I went to First Night in Austin on New Years eve. It was kind of cold but nice to be walking around and not have a gig. Went to hear Ephraim Owens at the Elephant Room and it was packed. Nice to see so many people listening to jazz on a big night. Jess almost got spewed on by a guy lurching off the bus (we parked away from downtown) but otherwise people seemed fairly subdued. Nice night.

austin new years eve 2008

austin - 11:45 new years eve 2008

paul white and ephraim - elephant room new years eve 2008 (paul, where'd you get that sweater?)

State of the Union
Spent the last half of last week in Vermont. Took Cape Air to Rutland for $50(!) each way - cheaper than the bus. Cold in Vermont - about 5°F at times. Had a nice time with my brother, mother, Tracy and Jess came via Albany and her plane wasn't even canceled this time. Viva not holiday travel. A little snow in VT but nothing serious.

Now the unholy trinity of Logan/JFK/Austin - left Berklee at 3:15pm and home in Austin about 1:15am EST. But, it worked out okay. Ground stop delays at Logan and JFK but still made it with time to spare. Head winds, international back-up at JFK meant an hour sitting on the runway waiting for wheels up. But what about the new Jet Blue terminal at JFK? Very happening; sushi bars everywhere, totally wired, lots of places to eat (if you can afford it) and drink but I limited myself to one $10 beer - right by the gate! Very nice and a big improvement on the old terminal.

I won't be using JFK much in the coming months so by the time I get back to NY in February for my Spain tour things in the new JFK terminal will be beat to shit. Taking a leave of absence from Berklee for a semester and perhaps my senses as well. Not the best time to be without a job but the travel thing is so rough in the winter, I want to finish a lot of projects (books, recordings, writing music, practicing, etc.), I want to be home with my wonderful wife, I want to sleep in the same bed for 2 weeks in a row, I want to play a lot more, practice drums, I want to fuck around with Pro Tools, I want to play a lot of sessions. This semester was rough because because I took some weeks off from Berklee which meant that when I was in Boston I was there for a longer period; there were a lot of 10-14 day stays this semester. But I had some great students and while Berklee itself seems to be totally freaking insane with the amount of political infighting and intrigue and just plain bullshit, the students are getting better all the time and I'm really going to miss their energy, enthusiasm and talent.

But, Fall '09 is around the corner (I can't believe I'm already thinking about when I have to go back on my first day of the leave - I've only been back in Austin about 10 hours) and I'm going to spend more time in NY to save on plane fare. If I still have a job that is. We'll see. In the meantime, spent the morning working on Hexatonics, playing my own guitar rather than a berklee loaner, drinking my own coffee, trying to wind down. Colder in Austin than Boston right now although for a few days Boston was in the teens last week.

vermont 12/7/08

more vermont

cessna to logan

more cessna

I won't complain about jetBlue ever again. But I did get a new phone yesterday and I even got it to sync with iCal. Wheeeee. Got a couple of hours to put a new Pete Bernstein transcription into Finale. Kinda cramped, my feet are freezing and my head is burning up but headed for my connection in Charlotte. At least I got a flight on the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Had a couple of nice gigs last week: 3 Jazz Collective with Ernie Durawa sitting in and yesterday John Fremgen and Paul Glasse. A lot of fun. Now...some Finale fun.

Last week was pretty ridiculous.
Monday: off to Austin/Bergstrom airport 10am, play on student recital 7pm (just made it), teach lesson , back to apartment 11:30pm
Tuesday; Berklee 6am-10pm - lessons/classes/makeups / Sleep 11:30pm 5:15am
Wednesday: Berklee 6am- 6pm / Gig with Bruno Raberg, Tim Miller, Marcello Pellitieri at Johnny D's 8:30-11:00pm / bed and breakfast 2:30-7:30am
Thursday: Berklee 8am-10pm - Makeups / Apartment 11:30pm-5:30am
Friday: Austin flight 8am, arrive noon, dentist for emergency crown replacement 2-4, gig in Georgetown with Rich Harney (leave 5pm) 6:30-9:30, home 11pm
Saturday: Leave for Denton 8am, rehearsal UNT 1pm, soundcheck 3:15, gig 6-10 (2 tunes), dinner at gas station 11:30pm, sleep 2am
Sunday: 8am drive to Austin, arrive noon, collapse 4pm.

The gig with Tim, Bruno and Marcello was really fun (Johnny D's). I'm hoping to be able to do it again. This was thanks to David Lee who also gave me a bunch of recordings of live Sco and Kurt. What a truly nice person he is. Tim and friends were amazing and it seemed very easy. Marcello was kind enough to give me a ride both to and from the gig, played his ass off and is a great person (even if he is a drummer). I really want to do this again.

The gig with Rich was really fun as well. We played some standards, some of the tunes in my book and some of Rich's originals. I have to say that I enjoyed Rich's tunes the most and I hope we can do this duo thing again soon.

The UNT hang was really great. Not because I love big band music so much (I was totally expendable) but because I got to see and hear all these great musicians from UNT that have gone on to do wonderful things. Pietro gave me his new CD and it's amazing. Rez Abbasi plays his ass off and Dave is on some new level. The whole band is killing and I really love Gary Versace's accordian playing.

Now back in Austin trying to write, trying to practice. The weather is incredible and I'm trying to rest up for the next two weeks which are going to be intense traveling and teaching again. Taking next semester off from berklee which was a tough decision but got a lot going on anyway: tour of spain, gigs in maine (I hope), subbing for Jim Kelly for a week in March at berklee.
No pics except this pic from my window riding home from UNT on Sunday and a phone pic of the gig at Johnny Ds (couldn't get the freaking ical to sync).






Pondering the state of the universe, the economy, my life, my very expensive new dental work, the lameness of the berklee email rants. Reading neal stephenson's book "in the beginning was the command line" and that's really nice. Taking a semester off from Berklee in the spring and that was a huge decision, especially considering the economy. But my bosses have been incredibly supportive - Rick and Larry are incredible - wonderful musicians, exceptional humans, incredible teachers. Did I say "incredible" enough?

Doing a few gigs in austin but nothing earth-shattering - the story of my life. Working on a Spain tour in February if Dave Allen doesn't book all the gigs first. Practicing. Feeling my oats. Weather beautiful in Austin - kind of hot today though. Did an outdoors gig with Kris Kimura in San Antonio today and that was a nice hit. Good band, easy gig, long drive. Kind of a festival gig and everyone eating "turkey legs - $5" which has to be a Texas thing. Soundman at gig as lame as could be but who cares anymore. Didn't bring my camera so no pics.
Back to Boston day after tomorrow and just tired, tired, tired. Missing my NY friends but had a nice gig with Tony Campisi, Evan Arrandondo (sp), and Rob Kazenel on Tuesday. It was pretty easy - no Coltrane tunes in 5 - relaxed and fun. Maybe I should lose the hard tunes and just play standards. Sure is a lot less tension.

Bolt bus! NY to Boston
Back to Boston after 3 days in New York. Had a really good time: recorded with Eric Halvorson and Don Falzone, went to hear Tony Malaby at Cornelia St. Cafe, heard Adam Kolker at Grassroots. All really great. Tony's band was Gerald Cleaver, John Hebert, Ralph Alessi. They all were incredible but Hebert was really, really wonderful. Adam Kolker was Diego Vogolino, Jerome Sabbah, Aden ?. Also, incredible band but Adam was amazing. Saw Rob Sudduth, Maggie Grebowitz and Stan Killian, Bruce Hall sat in and was killing. Ate a falafel from Tahini on Bowery, drank beer. Back to Bruce's in Ft. Greene about midnight then up at 5am to get to 34th and 8th ave. in manhattan for my first bolt bus. Pretty nice ride. Wifi more or less, lots of legroom, clean and $20. I'll do it again. Back to berklee to teach on Columbus day - back to Austin on Friday. None too soon. Been almost two weeks.


adam and jerome at grassroots

malaby herbert alessi @ cornelia st.

bolt bus 6am 34th and 8th ave, nyc

don at sweat shop studio


Ho hum, just finished my 3rd week in boston. Flights have been okay so far but the connecting flight from jfk problematic. Not too many gigs but did some fun ones: 3jazz collective, Brian Martin trio at romeo's, chris maresh trio at central market, my own gig at elephant room. Going to stay in town this week for a recording with terry bowness and then stay in boston for almost two weeks in october. Trying to get to New York to record with Eric Halvorson while I'm stuck in the northeast. We'll see. Very busy with school, practice, berklee online, etc.

moon at central market for chris maresh's gig - beautiful night

Denton-Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Boston
Went up to Denton on Tuesday to do a clinic at UNT and play at the university, uh, club I guess. The clinic went okay but I was getting fried already and felt kind of stiff as far as playing. Played with a couple of good students - Ryan and Ross. The gig was fun; played 4 tunes with Lynn Seaton, Stefan Karlsson, Sebastian Whitaker and Shelly Carroll. Amazing players and it was a lot of fun. It was great to play with Stefan again and Shelly, too, and a real treat to play with Lynn and Sebastian for the first time. Gave some lessons the next day and then drove to Dallas to play with Mike Drake at the Sammons Center. Mike is just tearing it up and that was a really fun gig although the sound was very bad because of the cave-like room. The next day played a next gig with Mike and John Adams at a wine bar (cellar) in Dallas - really fun. A beautiful day (good because in the great Texas tradition we were outside), really nice crowd including some students who drove all the way from Denton, decent sound, really nice band. John sounded wonderful, Mike was killing as usual and we were done by 9pm so I could drive back to Austin. Jeff Robbins, my friend from FSU and NTSU days, was there although he got there late so didn't sit in which was really disappointing.

The drive back was okay but the Texas driving thing....pretty much:
1) If you are in the fast lane on a 2-lane highway be sure to match speed with the driver in the slow lane. Try to make sure you are going under the speed limit and be sure not to let any drivers behind you who do want to go the speed limit get past - preferably for as long as possible. This is especially true for truckers.
2) Once established on the highway, change speed erratically if there is no one with whom you can match speed. Change lanes without looking in the rear-view and especially without a turn signal.
3) If the highway does happen to be somewhat open, be sure and find someone to tailgate, especially someone in a 1995 Honda. When the driver in the Honda changes lanes to avoid the bright lights from the hi-beams on your full-size pickup truck, be sure and change lanes as well.
Anyhoo, made it back to Austin eventually - about 1:30am.
Gig with Rich Harney at Romeo's that was really nice then a gig the next day with Patrick Cornelius, Kyle Thompson and Ryan Bowman in San Antonio at Carmens. Pretty tough music but Patrick was killing as was Kyle and Ryan. Sunday off and now back on JetBlue for my first day at Berklee. Flight is supposedly on time, just had a sandwich and now it's time for a nap - maybe.

ryan and kyle at Carmen's in San Antonio

patrick cornelius carmen's san antonio




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