Monday, April 30, 2007

Catching up ...

It has been a busy few months, most of which was spent preparing for the release of my group's third CD. If you're reading this, chances are you know all about As We Know It (WEPA Records) - but just in case - you can read more about the CD and listen/purchase a copy here or listen/download tracks from iTunes here.

We had a release party on Friday, April 20th at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio's Linda Norris Auditorium aka "The Linda." There were lots of friends, family and other folks in attendance. The folks at the Linda were great to work with and recorded the concert for a future broadcast.

The next week I had the opportunity to perform at my alma mater - Schalmont High School. The last time I had been back to 1 Sabre Drive was in 1997 when I had a brief stint as director of the jazz ensemble. There's been a good deal of construction since then (including a complete overhaul of the auditorium) but the memories came flooding back nonetheless. Sean Lowery invited me to perform with my own group and also appear as a guest soloist with the Schalmont High School Jazz Ensemble. It was truly an honor to be given this opportunity and a lot of fun to work with the kids.

I've also come down with quite the case of baseball fever. More on that later.