“Wow!!! A packed house an14725454_10209346524237456_1155238756668238001_nd great night of hard-hittin’ jazz at Vibrato Grill Jazz!!! Dream night!”

I’ve mentioned before that 2016 was a challenging year gig-wise.  But we also had some very memorable gigs: starting the year by recording “RESILIENCE!” live at Alvas Showroom, one of the last performances at the Beverly Hills supper club: H.O.M.E. [House of Music and Entertainment] and of course our CD release performance at Jazz @LACMA [Los Angeles County Museum of Art] in front of an audience of over 2,000 as well as being recorded for radio broadcast on KKJZ 88.1 FM the following Sunday.  However, I’d have to say our October 15th performance at Herb Alpert’s wonderfully ambient Vibrato Jazz Grill, for me personally was the most memorable gig of 2016.  By this point in the year, we had become familiar and confident with the originals and began expanding each of our own ideas and approaches to the music;   -owning each of our own interpretations of the tunes.  And to get to express this collectively with each other in front of a packed Saturday night house of some of LA’s most stellar, ‘beautiful people’ was a musician’s dream gig.  


Video #1: My personal/documentary video from my Zoom Q4 

Video #1 is from my personal/documentary video collection recorded on my trusty Zoom Q4 audio/video cam, which has the more superior audio and video quality of the two cameras in use filming the performance. Video #2 is from Bob Tucker’s Zoom Q3 Handy Recorder that he used to podcast the entire tune on Facebook-Live that night as we performed it!  (Gotta love those Zoom cameras and recorders!)  We are so appreciative of Bob coming out and doing this as well as sitting in and playing some boss guitar with us along with vocalist Rita Edmond. Bob is a Grammy Award-winning engineer who we had the fortune of having as our engineer on our new “RESILIENCE!” 2-disc CD.  This was our first ever live podcast and as of this date has 687 views. Not bad for the first time out.  Way to go Bob!  On my video, Video #1, you can see Bob actually filming the podcast on the left and can even see his camera screen as he is streaming it live!  I think that’s kinda cool and trippy!


I first heard the sound of Pepper Adams when I was six years old back in 1962.  My brother, who had just returned home from a 4 year stint in the U.S. Airforce, was a saxophonist and moved into my bedroom.  Seeing my interest in his Mark VI Selmer alto and his extensive jazz record collection, he allowed me access to his records, teaching me the correct way to hold the LPs and not scratch them and thus opened a whole new world to me.  He came back from the Airforce with a Voice Of Music stereo component system with separate speakers, -truly state of the art for 1962!  After exploring the wealth of Blue Notes, Prestige, Columbia etc., LPs I settled on 3 records as my first favorites because I was mesmerized by the sound of the saxophones I heard on them.  The very first was Sonny Rollins, “Newk’s Time” and I wore out the grooves of “Surrey With The Fringe On Top” much to my brother’s dismay.  The next 2 records featured trumpeter Donald Byrd and were: “Off To The Races” and “Byrd In Hand”, which of course featured Pepper Adams.

The Piano Magic of Jane Getz


I am honored to write this musical appreciation of Jane Getz whom I've had the privilege to share the bandstand with for over 20 years.  She is not only one of jazz's most accomplished pianists, but is my personal favorite as well as being one of my closest and dearest friends.  In the onward march and advancement of our human society, much complexity and new deterrent realities are created along with that advancement.  While on the one hand, this may be the best period in jazz history as more people are aware of it than at any other time, I can't help but bemoan the fact that it has also made us all unwillingly into base-competitors.  The deterrent force created out of all this, has made us so preoccupied with our own paths to the point that we can't find the space to enjoy each other as we used to in 'gentler' times.  In essence we miss so much that is absolutely wonderful and amazing that is going on right now in the world and the so-called jazz world in particular.  Jane Getz is a monolithic case in point.  Jane Getz is a bona-fide genius and has been one since childhood.

I am an idea man.  If nothing else, I can come up with great ideas, names and concepts.  I do this to remain creative, for nothing is worse than the boredom that comes from lack of creativity .  I think this is why I was attracted to jazz because of high level of creativity that comes from improvisation.  I love that you can never play the same solo twice.  It's supreme self-entertainment, which is why I'd be cool playing the sax even if no one else ever heard it!  I often say, it's great therapy.

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