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.

February 23, 2008

First Post

I’ve decided that in addition to JazzPDX.org, I’m going to start a small blog on this website to discuss what I’ve been working on, what shows I’ve been checking out, what I’m listening to, etc. I’m also going to try to post occasional mp3 files from concerts, rehearsals, etc. every once in a while.

Right now, I’m ready to do some relaxing after the 2008 Portland Jazz Festival concludes. The festival seemed to be a success in general – apparently there were over 150 shows associated with the event. I was part of a few of those and managed to catch a few more of the acts as a listener.

Also, I’ve been trying out some mouthpieces that Patrick Springer gave me to try, including a tenor piece that’s making me consider playing more of the instrument again.