Hey there, friends! I have a lot to update you about!
Last Friday I was in Walla Walla to play a show with Whitman jazz bass and music technology professor Michael Simon. Brian Griffith played drums. It was a really uplifting experience to go back there and perform for good friends. Also, it was just really, really fun. Much of the fun was concentrated around our two pop covers: Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" and The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face." Yes, we got recordings, thanks to Michael, a shining example of whose sound engineering mastery can be heard on Off The Record's album, Still Human.
The gig in Walla Walla was just one of FOUR this past week. Definitely a milestone of a week for me. Two of the shows were at bars: Monday at EuroPub with Beri Puhlovski and Emmanuel del Casal, Wednesday at Pono Ranch with Dave Desrochers, Bren Plummer, and Zeppy Zittle. Below is a video from that jam, featuring Tess Morgan singing, Andy Kaplan on violin, and Jed Myers on harmonica:
The same core group is playing the same gig again this week: Pono Ranch on Wednesday the 17th from 8 to 11. Come out!
So things are certainly moving along. What a wonderful thing to feel momentum! Hopefully the gigs keep coming. Meanwhile, I'm throwing myself into my piano practice now that I'm taking lessons from the inimitable Dawn Clement. She's a genius, and wonderful to work with. Lately she's had me transcribe a Tommy Flanagan solo on "How Deep Is The Ocean?"
I'm also messing around with my new Zoom Q8 recorder. Here's a little bonus video for you: my cover of "Gone For Good" by The Shins. Enjoy!