Last night exemplifies everything that playing music SHOULD be. I had so much fun playing with 2 of my favorite musicians, Jodi Proznick on bass and Julian MacDonough no drums AND a NEW favorite in pianist Champian Fulton on piano and voice. I knew the ‘Cellar’ crowd would really dig her and dig her they did!
I knew it was gonna be fun from the moment I picked up Champ at the airport. Good vibes, lots of fun. We did a quick rehearsal and then went for dinner. Dinner ending was a huge disappointment as we were telling great stories and in general just having a good time. The only thing that could better our dinner as playing music. It swing, it was fun, it was humorous and it was tight…in a loose way if you know what I mean!
Looking forward to tonight and hopefully we sell our condo today! Check out the video! Wanna buy it?
Well, I haven’t posted anything controversial in a while so my hits have gone down significantly. Actually I haven’t posted much of anything lately so perhaps thats the reason there hasn’t been much activity on the old blog lately. I have a reputation as someone who doesn’t like singers which is very very far from the truth. Take for instanceCHAMPIAN FULTON. This is one singer I dig and dig a lot! I had seen Champian on Facebook a bunch and heard her name here and there but it wasn’t until (very cleverly, I might add) that my friend Marc Edelman at Sharp Nine Recordsincluded her CD in the same package as the David Hazeltine Trio recording that I requested. I have to admit, upon seeing the CD I reacted generally the same way I do whenever I get a CD from a vocalist. It seems these days I get a CD everyday from someone claiming to be a singer. What caught my eye about this CD was the appearance of one of my favorite saxophonists Eric Alexander . I can’t remember if he is on the first track or not but what I do remember is when I put the CD on I had totally forgot that he was even on it. Champian is fantastic. Her voice is amazing, she doesn’t over sing anything ever and her piano playing is very Red Garland-ish. I was so impressed I immediately got in touch with her and booked a date at The Cellar. That date is upon us. She is here on Friday and Saturday, May 24/25 and she is appearing with me on tenor saxophone, Jodi Proznick on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums. It’s gonna be a lot of fun!
And for the record there are a TON of singers out there I like and we are lucky here in Vancouver to be blessed with many great vocalists!
This weekend bassist Paul Rushka brings his quintet to The Cellar.Paul has become a very fine composer in addition to being a great bassist. Don’t miss a rare chance to see him. Paul has been living in Montreal where he is completing his doctorate at McGill University.
Don’t miss what is going to be a fabulous weekend!
Things are coming along very nicely on the Tardo Hammer – Simple Pleasure recording featuring Lee Hudson on bass and Jimmy Wormworth. Mixing is almost complete and the cover art is ready to rip. Check out