ACK! Is it possible that a year slipped by me w/out updating my “Digressions” page? I guess so. Well, I’m baaaack…
All the reports are good here. I’ve just returned from my 7th year of teaching at the Litchfield Jazz Camp. Besides the students being mostly alot of fun to be around, the faculty is a stellar gathering. Amazing how we bond – even when breakfast is at 8:15! I love our regular cast of characters assembled by Don Braden and Vita Muir. This year, veteran Mike DiRubbo’s baritonist wife Lauren Sevian was added to the faculty. We had some baritone madness that was lovely.
On my weekend off between teaching I went to a reunion (don’t ask) of people I’ve known my whole life but haven’t seen in ages! It was in the Catskills at John and Kim Cullen’s and it was OFF THE HOOK fun to see these old friends. Nothing like it.
Now I’m preparing to go to Portugal with Joe Fonda’s “Bottom’s Out” band. Low notes abound there, then a week in Lugano, Switzerland with another low-note extravaganza — “2 Sisters, Inc”. Dave Sewelson and Dave Hofstra and I cavorting about the low register. It really is a glorious summer for me. I will return in the fall and expect to be updating my digressions page then. No…really.
Please go see Michael Moore’s “Sicko”. I think he’s made another very important film. Let’s hope we can open our eyes and quit thinking that the rest of the world wishes they could be like us. We’ve got so many good reasons to take care of each other, and the liars that are capitolizing on our complacency are pedaling pretty fast. I hope we can wake up and rally!
Ciao for now,
PS: And you are…?