Thursday nite we had a rehearsal of the EJS BIG BAND as we usually do. Everyone was tired of playing the same old tunes over and over, making small little corrections that made the band sound just a bit better every time. I was a bit concerned that mood would carry over to the planned taping session at Comcast studios in Atlanta. Friday, I packed the trailer with all the essentials for the gig. Saturday, Jack Howell and I drove to Atlanta and we had a FABULOUS gig. The band was perfect. In fact, this bunch of “gamers” kicked it up a notch. Everyone was upbeat and having a great time. Everyone enjoyed the process as well as the music.
Everyone pitched in and we had a great session. I spent 3 hours with 18 of my best friends making really good big band jazz!!!
Roberta brought it 110% as usual!!
Then after all that, I get to start planning playing with the BBC as we back up the incomparable Douglas Cameron as the Douglas Cameron Orchestra. We have rehearsal scheduled for next weekend and Ive got to get all the arrangements out and numbered for the rehearsal.
The following Friday nite 8-21, we play at the STRAND in Marietta, which I think will be a blast.
This morning, I took off to Dallas Ga and one of the entrances to the Silver Comet trail. I went with my nurse of 20 years and we had a great time. The trail is awesome and we went about 16 or so miles total.
Came home, had lunch with my nurse, my wife and a close family friend at Applebees (fine dining you know) and went swimming with my youngest son and his family in the pool. What a great day. Surrounded by my closest friends in work, music and family. Life is good!!!