March 14, 2008

Thursday Night

I headed over to the Tugboat tonight, where I caught a set of music by Chris Mosley‘s ExStatic band, featuring Damian ErskineRuss Kleiner, and Tim Willcox.  I had brought my tenor along, so I joined in on an entertaining version of “Tenor Madness” as well as “Reunion,” a Mosley original.

I always enjoy hearing Willcox and I’m very much looking forward to his upcoming CD release party.

Most of the rest of the day was spent working on JazzPDX, which is currently down during a server change.  When it comes back up, it’ll have a slightly different look, and the capability for quite a few new features.  I’m looking at the possibility of podcasting from the site (maybe with some collaborators), which is something I’m pretty excited about.

This weekend I start teaching at Cadenza Academy, the music education center Mike Pardew is a part of. 


February 29, 2008

Website-related stuff

I’ve been changing hosts, upgrading WordPress, and all sorts of other technical stuff in the last couple of days. If all goes well, the site will be in 100% working order very soon. This means that all the old links/bookmarks to my site that may link to johnnastos.8m.com can be removed.
On my other site, JazzPDX.org, I’m going to launch a new category, called “Community Discussion,” to try to get some interactivity going on that site. My hope is that it can be a place where both musicians and audience members can comment about recent concerts, upcoming events, etc. The first topic is the recently-finished ’08 Portland Jazz Festival. You can visit the post and make a comment here.


February 27, 2008

New website design

I’ve once again updated my website and added some new features. On the right, you can now find a widget with links to the recent articles I’ve written for JazzPDX.org. Below that, there’s a box where you can enter your e-mail address to sign up for my mailing list. In the lowest box on the right side, you can find links to use your favorite feed-reeder (such as Bloglines or Google Reader) to keep up-to-date on updates to this site.

On the left, you can navigate through the various pages of the site, as well as see brief information about my upcoming shows.

Finally, I’ve started a blog, which I hope to use to talk in more detail about shows, projects, website work, etc. Visitors can comment on all of the posts on that page.

Future website plans: more audio and pictures soon.


February 26, 2008

Shows, Website

Last night I hit Jimmy Mak’s to catch Dan Balmer‘s last show before he heads out on tour with vocalist Diane Schuur. While he’s gone, a bunch of different groups will be taking over his Monday residence, including E4 on March 3rd.

I’m still playing lots of tenor, trying out the new sound. Played last night at Produce Row at Ron Steen’s session and had an exciting tenor battle with Marc Hutchinson. That guy sounds great.

There’s a new addition to the website – on the right there’s a JazzPDX widget showing all of the recent articles I’ve posted on that site.


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