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Quartet at Central Park

August 24.

Today marked 2 special occasions….my last lesson with the great flute teacher Keith Underwood, and, my last day jamming in Central Park.

Was particularly inspiring studying with Keith again, I had almost forgotteni how open he was to ALL things music, he constantly referring to classical players, jazz players, Cuban players, brass players etc.

Anyways lots learned, lots to practice.

Pic of Keith and I attached.

Headed straight to “the mall” in Central Park to play in the Seth Myers trio led by…….Seth Myers, also included myself and Mark Lockett. We had a good thing going, our trio was highly interactive and tight.

Today was an auspicious day as it was the first day that we had a demo CD available. People often asked if we had a cd….. So we made one.

Recorded in Seth’s apartment, came out very well. A great representation of our trio.

Much credit to Seth, his recording skills, mixing and editing skills, and design skills.

Was a great opportunity to play so often in the park over the summer, helped hone my jazz chops. Many memorable moments…..like today when Mark sat a 3/4 year old girl on the drum stool and helped her play a swing beat with the whole band. Ha. True.


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Last jam session in Central Park

August 24.

Today marked 2 special occasions….my last lesson with the great flute teacher Keith Underwood, and, my last day jamming in Central Park.

Was particularly inspiring studying with Keith again, I had almost forgotten how open he was to ALL things music, he constantly referring to classical players, jazz players, Cuban players, brass players etc.

Anyways lots learned, lots to practice.

Pic of Keith and I attached.

Headed straight to “the mall” in Central Park to play in the Seth Myers trio led by…….Seth Myers, also included myself and Mark Lockett. We had a good thing going, our trio was highly interactive and tight.

Today was an auspicious day as it was the first day that we had a demo CD available. People often asked if we had a cd….. So we made one.

Recorded in Seth’s apartment, came out very well. A great representation of our trio.

Much credit to Seth, his recording skills, mixing and editing skills, and design skills.

Was a great opportunity to play so often in the park over the summer, helped hone my jazz chops. Many memorable moments…..like today when Mark sat a 3/4 year old girl on the drum stool and helped her play a swing beat with the whole band. Ha. True.

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Jamming in Central Park with dancer

30 July.

Greet session of jamming today in Central Park. It’s such a beautiful spot to unwind from the stresses of NYC life.

So much fun playing with Seth Myers & Mark Lockett. It’s amazing how quickly a musicians skills develop when you play jazz everyday. New tunes to learn and the reluctance of New Yorkers to use charts helps develop those skills even more quickly.

Highlights today would have to be the young gorgeous woman who let Seth the bass player to a puff on her joint whilst he was doing a bass solo. She actually held it for him!

Also have to mention the young couple who were swing dancing to a few of our tunes.

Walked passed a concert in an amphitheatre in Central Park on the way home.

Great day. Lots of fun. Playing improving.

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Party happening in Central Park

Late July.

Friday afternoon jamming in Central Park. Great for developing your repertoire, skills, and improvisation.

Today we had a quartet if drums, bass, mini piano and saxophone. The pianist had clever rigged up a wooden cabinet with a keyboard and small amplifier. Worked like a charm. In fact a few passers by commented on how much they liked the rig (and the music).

Into our third set around 8pm, a young girl (4yo) was dancing to the music having the time of her life. Not long after another couple joined in, then a few more flexible you women too. Before long there was a party happening…..woohoo…. They could get enough of us.

Good times.

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Jamming in Central Park

Mid July.

Met a wonderful, friendly, chilled out bass player here in New York, Seth Meyers.

Mark Lockett, Seth and I hit it off.

After mark got his newly a whites fully portable drum set, we were all set to have a few jams.

What better place than Central Park. A beautiful Sunny Sunday.

Lots of fun had by all.
I found the locals extremely appreciative of the live jazz, perhaps that’s because New York is the home of jazz. Anyways, as a jazz artist I feel welcomed.

Must mention the random guy that asked if he could jam with us….he was feeling down on his luck, and wanted some positive vibes.

“What do you play?”
“Oh, I’ve got an alto clarinet in my backpack!!!” (What are the odds on that)

Anyway included a pic….

Happy Times.

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