We here in Colombo, Sri Lanka to do a series of Jazz Performances in various venues including Chennai and Banglaore, India also Dubai, UAE and it has started off wonderfully well.
After fifteen hours of traveling from Las Vegas to Dubai, UAE a seven hour layover and a four hour flight from Dubai to Colombo, Sri Lanka total twenty six hours of travel time we landed upon this this country where Jazz is Alive and Well. Would you believe less than three hours on the ground we're of to our first Jazz Festival in Sri Lanka. I was told that drinking plenty of water would lesson the jet lag. I did drink a lot of water on the plane and yet there's still some jet lag. My body has to adjust to the time here. Mind you its 1:00 AM January 4, 2010 today here in Colombo, Sri Lanka and 11:30 AM January 3, 2010, yesterday in Las Vegas so I don't know If I'm coming or going.
On the first of every Sunday they have a Jazz Fest. They have some very talented musicians here in Sri Lanka these Cats can groove. I enjoyed the sound of a guitar player, he played like George Benson and sang like Al Jerreau, outstanding player, the rythem section was wonderful also didn't get there names but these were good players They let Jihad Ghallab my son (drums ), Rick Arroyo (percussion) Brother Rashid ( percussion ) from Puerto Rico, and myself sit in with them . This was a good blend of music.
We start Wednesday with a setup and sound check and some practice then our Concert starts Thursday we play all the way through Sunday at different Venues here in Colombo, Sri Lanka then on to Chennai, India for the next series of gigs.
I'll get back at you with more details happening in a couple of days.