Hi, Michael, That's great! I was just in Nashville working with Pat in the studio on a few of my originals. He is a wonderful player. We had fun putting together the session. It was a smaller group this time, more intimate. One of my songs from the session is getting interest already. Good to connect with you. I also picked up one of Pat's piano technique books while I was there, so I can 'practice, practice, practice' (wish I would have studied piano when I was growing up). My dad moved back to Las Vegas over near Bobby Rozario. We are going to record a session when I get back in July. Maybe we can hook up then. I'd love to come out and see you.
Thanks for the pic I'm using on this site... It was a pleasure playing in Laughlin with you. You burned. Thanx for hipping me to this site as well. I'm on TRP gig in WV right now. Hope to groove with you again soon,
Very cool on getting "back in the saddle" on Wayne's gig - you're 'da MAN!
I'm back in MI right now, doing a couple of less interesting but well paying gigs at the local casinos with Lawrence Welk and Bobby Vinton, then some festivals and concerts with less well known but more interesting bands; and working on the mixing/mastering on the new album due out this year.
Thanks for keeping me in the loop. Very happy to see you continuing to make it happen! - dan
Thanks Michael for the info on the "Des Moines BigBand" .. I've heard of them but haven't checked them out .. we used to have Jazz jam sessions on Sundays .. that was the ultimate.. loved it! loved it! loved it!
I wish there was more Jazz close to the strip or on the strip .. if you know of any please let me know ... a few friends of mine who are musicians go to this one place in a strip mall not too far from the strip after hours to jam .. I have to make it there the next time I return. Then I'd have all of my favorite musicians in one place ;)
Say Hey Michael....great career, and accomplishments...great chops too....love all the photo albums on your site....fabulous record of places, people, gigs, dives, and an endless array of charts pumped through your horn....man!, what stories they tell!.....my lips are sealed....just kidding....would love to hear a sampleing of every player in the picture book...the pics almost play themselves....as a professional illustrator/photographer and "junior"member of the "choir" musically speaking I "get" all of the history and llve of jazz eminating from you picture albums.....fabulous stories indeed! So, what's next...more Vegas...more road....teaching at a "university", the "gospel"jazz... would love to see what's in the "cards" for your great possibilities...spread the wealth of your talents and keep the music going...there are some great youngsters looking for the right "spark" to set them off in a career of jazz. I shot the picture above in Preservation Hall in '74..."Sweet Emma Barrett in her 80's was on the piano...I've got a list of the other players someplace...that's the fire of jazz that heats the hearts of all of us in the medium....keep up the great works "Gooch"... WELL DONE!.. All my best to you and all those in your life....always b
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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