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Breakfast Jazz and Latin Lunch

10 December.

Wonderful day of music making today. 6:30am rise in order to beat the morning traffic for a breakfast jazz gig. The fine company making the early rise worth it.

The Grainger Musuem at Melbourne University a wonderful spot for some jazz…..even managed to quote “Lincolnshire Posy”.

Lunch was quite a contrast. Latin band entertaining over 300 staff at a school. Principal’s delightful surprise to all the staff.

Fun day.

   
    
   


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Feeling like a rockstar

28 November

Maybe I’m one of the fortunate few, who have had the privilege of knowing what it feels like to be on stage feeling like a rockstar.

Quite a different experience to playing original compositions at a jazz club with an attentive audience. However here I was, with corporate entertaining band “DEJAVU”, at the Palladium ballroom, Crown….for the Linfox Xmas Party.

I’m not sure what I enjoyed more….the wonderful people in the band, the screaming solo opportunities, the choreographed dance moves, singing backup vocals, or just the massive audience enjoying the vibes….

Awesome…….feeling like a ROCKSTAR (with jazz training). 🙂

Good times.

   
    
    
   




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Colombia Tour with ClaveMania

July 2015.
It’s wonderful having musician friends that are originally from other countries.. Especially when they are going “home” to visit….which turns into a band tour. Yeah!

For most of the month of July, I spent time in the mountains of Colombia….Pasto to be exact, with my great friends Jonathan & Elizabeth Cohen. I was performing, teaching, doing TV interviews, practising my Spanish, and meeting lovely people.

Here’s a few highlights that made the tour special:

– jamming at the airport with a Colombian sax player

  
– recording in a studio

  
 – Teaching teenage saxophone students.
   – Teaching some jazz theory to the local sax players, including the professor at the university.

  – doing a TV interview…in two languages, I’m last (with Spanish overdubs)
– doing music TV program interview (don’t know why I look so drunk in this, I hadn’t touched any).
– adjudicating a local vocal competition…yes that’s right

  
 – visiting a few local sights.

   

    – learning how strong the local brew of “Aguardiente” is. 

  
   – trying to steal back my stage space from a budding 3 year old wanna be musician  

   – learning how delicious blackberry juice is(to expensive to make in Australia). 

   And generally having a great time with my friends.

Thanks Colombia for all the memories. Would love to come back soon.