trying to keep the peace!!

Had an interesting couple of weeks here. I have found a fantastic Sax wizard who can fix my stuff so I know that I now don’t have to worry about them dying before me!!! 82 ZZYou want your doctor and atty and other significant folks that you rely on to survive you!!!
We had about 4 inches of snow and it was nice, but I know Im getting older when we take pictures from inside the house and just put on another cup of hot coffee. Fortunately, we didn’t lose power so we had heat and hot water. Life is good!!IMG_0385
The BBC DCO played a great fundraiser at the Galleria and raised a lot of moola for the charity for the event. We all had a great time.
This week I got a call from someone who I had “stored” some “office room dividers” with and they finally didn’t need them. We have been having a situation in the rehearsal space at Studio 222 with bass bleed and the volume of the drum set (duh). So they have been installed and I am anxious to see how the sound is changed with these baffles.

New Sound baffles at Studio 222

New Sound baffles at Studio 222

Rehearsal is proceeding at GPC. I have a solo gig to play this next Saturday at Cork and Tap on Hwy 41.cork and tap

We will see how that goes.  Got a wedding coming up in Dallas soon. Life is good. Off to print some more new music for the EJS!!!  Have a great day!!

sj changes with Dr D photobomb

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Playing with Frankie Avalon et alius……..

What an eventful few days. Last week had an organizational meeting with the CFR folks about logistics and plans for the Oscar Fundraiser for this weekend. Had to communicate all that out. Then FRIDAY I played with Jason Passmore and Margaret Banton on alto and tenor and Greg Coile and Dave Martin on trumpet and Jim lee on Bone and Steven Blair on Bass……….along with Frankie Avalon Jr on drums and Enis Everly on guitar and Ray, who is Frankie Avalons long time music director with FRANKIE AVALON in Hickory NC at the Mountain Center.
What a fun gig. I played Bari and had a great time. We played every do wop hit from that era including Venus and Beauty School Dropout (from Grease) along with Everly Bros hits and even ELVIS. twas a blast!!!
Saturday we did the EJS Jazz Big Band and Dance Concert at Cartersville with great success!!!

Roberta and the Band. More pics at EJS Facebook page

Roberta and the Band. More pics at EJS Facebook page


Sunday I rehearsed with the combo that is going to Europe this May. Monday nite was GPC rehearsal again in the threat of a winter storm. Tuesday the Ryan Goodwin Superband crashed a open mic nite at the 6″s Tavern and killed it!!superband
Wednesday, I picked up my horn from Bill Smith who did a great job with tweaking it back into great shape!!!!
82 ZZ

Going tonight to blow off some steam at the Firing Line and their competition. Shoot my Glock 17 and have a great time with my son….

Life is good. thank you GOD!

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By the way……….they like my Elvis stuff. Fascinating.

http://www.elvis-express.com/

 

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Busy music, busy other stuff……..

FollwingWhat a great week. I have been rehearsing with the EJS Big Band for the Valentine Dance which is this weekend. Met with the Dancers and are excited about their excitement. We have dress rehearsal this weekend and then the gig on Saturday night at the Grand Theatre in Cartersville.ejs rehearsal for valentines 2015 EJS VDay 2015_poster_PROOF

Thursday night I played (solo) for the Fellowship of Christian Atheletes and was “visible Muzak”.

Visible Muzak

Visible Muzak

Then last night, I played with the BBC and some of the best big band guys in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree for a private event. The band was awesome. IMG_0333

This week, meeting with a client about a gig on the 22nd for an Oscar Night, Dress rehearsal for Valentine’s Day, the I am travelling Friday with 5 other guys from the BBC to play with FRANKIE AVALON.

http://www.greatmountainmusic.com/eventdetail.asp?t=i&m=2&d=13&y=2015&evt=1

So blessed to be doing this. Then, on Sunday the 15th, rehearsal with a jazz combo that is going to Berlin in May!!!!! Good times.   Time for a nap!

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Playing with the KING!!! ELVIS that is…..

http://good-music-store.myshopify.com/products/elvis-the-new-recordings

I did some “flying in” of some tracks for Rosemary Clooney on some albums a while back which are now out and available for purchase.   Later, I was asked to do some on an ELVIS album.  I didn’t think that I had a lot to offer Rosemary in the first place but I was sure that I didn’t have anything ELVIS would like. Apparently I was wrong. That CD is out very soon and you can order it now. Interesting.

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Happy Holidays…..and a good new year !!

recording at Comcast again with the BBC

recording at Comcast again with the BBC

A bari sax player is never alone on New Years EVE!!!  (at least that is the saying?!?!)  Gigs have been slim this year but we have continued to work.  Next year promises to almost double the number of concerts and gigs we play. Feb promises to be a very busy month with gigs etc.

But I have been busy in the recording studio without a pause.  I am doing a really cool Jazz project in January at Agnes Scott College in their studio, so I am trying to keep my chops percolating.  GPC Jazz Ensemble starts soon and the EJS starts back next week with our focus on the Valentines day event with dancers  which promises to be really neat!! (by the way, Buy our newest CD!!! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/etowahjazzsocietybigband2)

Small group gig .

Small group gig .

As always, family has been a challenge and a source of great strength. Life is good.

writing music in the hospital..

writing music in the hospital..

The Etowah Horns

The Etowah Horns

money for nuthin and the chicks are free

money for nuthin and the chicks are free

laura and the bbc

Comcast with BBC

Comcast with BBC

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2014 in review, Cant wait to see what happens next year……

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