Monday, December 29, 2014

Early January, 2015

Gack, 2015. I remember a time when the year 2000 seemed so far away.

I'll be playing the first two Space Exchange events this month. Jan. 6, credited to David Throckmorton, will be Thoth Trio. Great way to start the year, no? A week later, I'll be playing with Matt Booth's Palindromes. This will have the super-mighty lineup including John Petrucci on tenor sax, David Throckmorton on drums, and Matt and Jeff Grubbs on bass. Not likely to happen again soon, I'll tell you. 9pm, Thunderbird Cafe, free.

Dec. 27

James St. Dec. 27 2014. Most enjoyed the event, a few left confused. Thanks to Rick Finkelstein for the photo.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Events for the week of Dec. 21, 2014

Only two to report for me, although that's busier than most weeks.

Tuesday, Dec. 23: Chrisparkermas at Space Exchange! Chris Parker was coincidentally born on Dec. 25, which as it is often said is terrible for those expecting gifts. Chris is planning an all-out holiday music special this time, with David Throckmorton, Paul Thompson, me, and three brass. I've contributed a re-orchestration of "Sugar Rum Cherry" from the Ellington Nutcracker Suite (which was actually arranged by Billy Strayhorn). Thunderbird Cafe, 9pm, free.

Saturday, Dec.27: despite the listing on the James St. Gastropub website ( this will be the Throckmorton Quartet including Chris Parker, Paul Thompson, and me. (Nearly) all-improvised groove improvisations and structured openness. I'll be on alto sax, laptop with Max programming and Rock Band game controller. What? See for yourself.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Events for the week of Dec. 14 2014

Sunday, Dec. 14: Jeff Berman's quartet Blink will play the James Street Gastropub on the Northside, 6-9pm. Jeff Berman on vibes, Jeff Grubbs on bass, David Throckmorton on drums, and yours truly filling the reed seat on alto and tenor.

Tuesday, Dec. 16: Space Exchange series with 4th Call (Jeff Berman/David Throckmorton/Matt Booth/me), playing only Thelonious Monk pieces. 9pm, free.

Wednesday, Dec. 17: Crucible Sound Series #12a, curated by the recently returned from overseas Adam MacGregor. Company-style duet improvisation night with a long cast of characters involved.

Thursday, Dec. 18: Not really a performance for me tonight, but I'll be appearing on WQED-TV's Horizons show with a reduced version of the Silk Sound group. 8pm.

More to come!

Bye bye, iMac

My old computer just died. I've had a second (laptop) for years, and the desktop died literally the day after the new laptop I ordered came for my wife.

Not especially interesting. But...while I backed up a lot of data from the old desktop, I'm unsure I'll be able to retrieve my old band mailing list. Some of those names have been on there for many years.

It's occurred to me that perhaps the idea of a mailing list is a little old fashioned? I mean, it seems ridiculous that an email list would be old-fashioned, but I'm handling most promotion through Facebook anyway.

So, I thought I'd revive this old Blogspot account that I set up a few years ago. I'll try to remember to post my schedule here regularly.