24th, 2004 6:02
i'd like to wish everyone a merry Christmas &
happy holidays! i hope everyone has joy in their lives
and remembers to focus on all that we have to be grateful
for, no matter what the circumstances.
i've had an amazing year and it's been very exciting
as i experienced the ups & downs of putting out
my own CD . i thank God for all my success and for the
great & wonderful people in my life who helped me
achieve it. and i thank all of you all for your
support- i really, really appreciate it! i look forward
to 2005 as i continue my quest, venturing into even
more uncharted (at least, for me) waters, like europe
& asia. actually, those are continents, not "waters",
but i'll work that out when i get there.
14th, 2004 6:47pm
so i had a nice talk with jack zucker
the other night. he is the author of the incredible guitar
book, sheets of sound for guitar. you can
check it out at www.sheetsofsound.net
. it was interesting. he shared his own trials and tribulations
that he experiences in the promotion of his publication
and it paralleled my own story of promoting a CD. as it
turns out, there are advantages to being independent in
the book world as well as the CD world. the conversation
also got me more interested in producing my own instructional
material. i have long since thought that the world doesn't
really need another guitar book but i might take a different
tack and focus and material that addresses subjects such
as the deeper depths of how to practice and how to develop
a personal, goal oriented, curriculum.
i've been studying out of jack's book (300 pages)
fro a few months now. i'm on my third time through it.
i've been dong a major redo on my right hand picking technique
and am slowly but surely switching over to a more "economy",
or "sweep picking" as they call it, approach.
this is what his book is all about for the most part.
after 30 years of being a strict alternate picker, it
is a pretty serious overhaul for me. but i have been able
to put a lot of time in on it and with consistent effort,
i am now seeing results. i first mentioned all this back
in my JUlY 3rd blog entry. it's just now starting to show
up in my live playing.pretty soon i should sound just
like michael brecker.
on a slightly different but equally significant
note, i'm also considering doing a major change-up in
my gear and i might get into using a boutique
tube amp and pedal board. this is a rather large can of
worms to open at this point, but you know me, the more
plates i've got spinning in the air, the better.
i have to do some research but we'll see.
okay, i'm now off to claremont
to get ready for my radio show manana. i've got to be
there early so i'm staying out there to avoid the gnarly
traffic in the morning. getting up at 7:00 for me is the
equivalent of you getting up at 3am when you usually sleep
11th, 2004 2:35am
okay- now i can tell this story...
i found out three weeks ago that my CD was in the
top 35 to be chosen for a GRAMMY for
best packaging. from those 35 would the five nominees
when i went to my gig at mon on
11/14, phil collin, the manager, tells
me that his partner back in chicago is on one of the
N.A.R.A.S. committees that judges this category,
best packaging. phil's buddy recognized my CD because
phil sent him one since that's is what they did, design
website and CD covers and he thought he would dig it,
which he did.
well now, i didn't get it now, did i?. but you
can imagine how intense that would be to get a GRAMMY
nomination for my first record ! albeit, it's
a funny category for a jazz musician, but i'd take it!
the only weirder category is best liner notes
(now, that would be harder to milk for all its worth).
but it would've certainly drawn attention to my record
and given me a huge boost in marketing. and also, it wasn't
for best jazz packaging, it was overall,
as in every music style.
i think i know why i didn't get the nomination,
too. when i submitted the record (of which i also submitted
for best jazz record, best instrumental solo,
best engineering and best producer),
i had to send in, like, 10 to 13 CD's per category. now
i think that means that the first round of committees
that voted for my CD for packaging actually had it in
their hands. now those of you that have seen my CD, the
charm is in the embossing, the die-cut & the "spot
UV coating" (the shiny stuff on it). but when it
went to these final groups of committees throughout the
US, they were probably just sent photos of it. so that
took out most of the bitchin'' design impact, if not all
oh well. it still feels good to know i got that
close. and, of course, the main kudos go out to edward
martinez & dave amason,
who designed the thing. they rock.
i have to admit, i practiced a few versions of acceptance
speeches in my head and they all ended with "and
the music inside is nice too."
4th, 2004 4:05am
last night i spoke at my friend's, chuck
hughes, music business class at golden
west college. it went well. i've taught my whole
life but always private students so it was a trip to address
a large class. i was there to give insight to the Do
It Yourself approach to releasing a record. i am
no expert, of course, but i am in the trenches so to speak.
and just the little bit of time i listened to chuck teach
was quite informative. i most definitely ought to take
his class myself. i found it interesting that, after i
asked for a show of hands, most of the kids were not chasing
"the big record deal in the sky." it seems to
be becoming more clear to them that, in this current music
business climate, independent is the way to go.
i finally got around to ordering these couple of
CD's i've wanted by
jonathon kriesberg. man! he is the shit for
sure! i highly recommend you check it out. great chops
& great melodic ideas. i haven't transcribed any guitar
stuff for a while but i think it's time to get into some
3, 2004 3:47am
last night i went to see this cool show with terence
love, the owner of steamers jazz club.
it was this genesis tribute band that
recreated the lamb lies down on broadway tour
from '74. it was pretty amazing how much they nailed it-
musically as well as the stage production. the band is
called the musical box and you can check
out their stuff at wwwthemusicalbox.com.
they have a cool page of pics (click on menu bar: the
musical box, then the lamb, then genesis/TMB)
that compares the original genesis tour to TMB's version.
it kills me how there's such a huge market for
tribute bands. i guess it's a cool thing if you're into
it. there just now getting more popular here on the west
coast and i understand they've been huge in europe
for a while. there's even jazz/fusion tribute bands. i
know there's a cool band called the mahavishnu
project that cops john mclaughlin's
stuff and i'm sure there's a weather report
version somewhere on the planet.
and i suppose there's a kid out there with a striped
t-shirt and frizzy hair doing a cop on phase dance.
no...i won't make an obvious joke about an
MVD trio tribute band. but hey, you guys can-
send me what you think one would have to do to recreate
the MVD3 experience. and remember, the name
of a tribute band has to be some kind of reference to
the artist, like, my friend's aerosmith
band is called pump and there' a pink
floyd band called bricks in the wall.
since i have no lyrics, it'll be a challenge. go
ahead, have some fun at my expense.
29, 2004 3:40am
so i'm getting some great players for these upcoming
gigs. at steamers jazz club i'll have
darek oles on bass, bob sheppard
on sax and mark ferber on drums. at la
ve lee on 1/13/04 i'll have the same but it's
looking like jimmy haslip will be playing
bass. hopefully these names will draw people out to the
gigs. ya know, hopefully, someday my name will
draw people out to the gig.
22, 2004 9:40pm
i did the tower records in-store
performance last night and it was a success, as
far as those things go. i got a decent crowd so i didn't
have to kick artie fufkin's ass (spinal
tap reference- if you haven't seen that movie,
please leave my website immediately). i find it interesting
that i get a better turnout at an in-store than i do at
a club. i guess 4:00 on a sunday afternoon is an easy
time for people. i must say, it has been especially challenging
lately to get people out these days. everyone i talk to
is experiencing the same difficulties. so i'd like to
ask my readers/listeners if they could make a special
effort towards supporting live music. and specifically,
my live music. i've got some gigs coming up (see
calendar) that i really,
really need to get a good crowd to. i'm exploring
everything i can think of (and some things i can't) to
promote my shows. i am very determined not to buy into
the negative village thinking of jazz artists and the
"nobody loves us or cares" mentality . i mean,
how hard can it be to get 20 people to a gig?
so i'm asking you all out there to do your part.
and if you yourself can't make it, maybe you could send
16, 2004 2:53am
there's this great documentary on the life of tom
dowd, called tom dowd & the language
of music, that i caught on the sundance channel
the other night. what a fantastic life that man had, producing
all those incredible artists. a definite must-see.
my gig sunday with darek oles
and stevie distanislau went well except
for the turnout. i have a tough time getting people out
to shows at that club. actually, everybody is
having a tough time these days getting people out to their
gigs. it just fires me up even more to see just how far
i can go with promoting a gig. there still are some areas
i can tap into for finding people that are will go out
and see live music.
the next few months are definitely filling up with
good things. i scored a date at la ve lee
in studio city. i even got the exact date i wanted- the
thursday after IAJE. it should work out
well, being able to promote it for four days at a jazz
conference. plus, i think i'll use jimmy haslip
and bob sheppard to boost my
drawing power. i also will be doing a live radio show
in december with the trio on KSPC 88.7 fm.
it's tony palkovic's jazz/fusion
show. i'm sure that will prove to be an interesting
10, 2004 5:33am
sandra & i went up to see the christian
mcbride band along with the larry goldings/john
scofield/jack dejohnette band at the
cerritos performing arts center saturday night.
holy moly what a rockin' band christian had! i can't name
the guys because i can't find the program and i'd never
heard of them before. but when he introduced them, he
rattled off who they've played/toured with and they were
definitely some happening yo-cats.
the trio with larry, john & jack was a tribute
to tony williams. they were cool but
they came on after CMB and were such a different sonic
vibe. i hate to say it, but they were kinda dull compared
to the first set with CMB. and sco's tone was not that
great. when did he start playing through vox
amps?! i was surprised because his sound on his latest
CD, en route, is very cool- lots of character.
they were definitely some killer moments in their set
though. i think it would've been a different experience
had they not had an opening band.
after the show i got to say hi to john and tell
him i was the guy whose student gave him the CD in boston
and whose drummer talked to him in seattle two days later
(see blog entry OCTOBER 2nd, 2004). he said he'd listened
to my CD and that he "enjoyed it". a simple
compliment but i'll take it. i then told him he needs
to check out line 6 amps. kidding. what
was funny was how i got to talk to john. i managed to
fail miserably at getting backstage after the show. i'd
wanted to say hi to larry and to john as well as give
a CD to jack. but those amazing elderly cerritos center
security guards stonewalled me! bastards. i then found
myself actually waiting outside in the dark coldness by
the stage door hoping to catch them leaving. when i finally
realized i was losing what little was left of my dignity
(don't they know who i am, dammit?!) i went to find the
car. as i was leaving the parking lot i swung by the building
once more, just in time to find john walking by himself
with his guitar case slung on his back. i pulled up and
rolled down my window and very quickly explained i who
i was. he probably thought for a second he was about to
be robbed. he was very nice for someone who had to get
on a plane to europe at 5am the next morning.
i guess i'm still at the stage where i get jazzed
about talking to famous players who i've grown up listening
to. i know, they're just regular people.
they just happen to play really fucking good.
5, 2004 4:52pm (yes- that's right, PM,
not AM. it's a first)
i think this is the least anxious i've felt about
my career since i released the CD. i now have a solid
game plan for the next year and i feel very good about
it. i think i was concerned about missing the window of
opportunity in promoting my CD right after its release.
i keep having to remind myself that i am
the record label handling the marketing for the record
and i can keep promoting it as long as i want. it is easy
to get worried about that gap between records where one
can lose the momentum achieved at the initial outset of
the release. and that's why this deal i'm setting up with
klew media is a good move. it will be
a "2nd phase ad campaign," if you will, and
will run february & march of 2005, right after the
IAJE, NAMM & MIDEM
conferences. so it will be a good follow-up to those schmooze
fests, plus keep my name & my CD out there in the
the second part of the game plan is to tour. i
am now pursuing shows in 5 or 6 major cities throughout
the US and will continue to book things in as many different
major (& not so major) cities's as possible for the
next year. i'm shootin' for one gig a month. they'll probably
just be one- offs. at this point in my learning how to
be a booking agent, i couldn't imagine how to put a string
of shows together within a short period of time, let alone
in any semblance of geographical order.
then, after all these efforts, next fall i can
approach booking agencies (and maybe even some labels)
and present myself as an artist who already has been "developed"
to a certain degree. this is clearly the approach any
independent artist must take. again, as label owner, i'm
not going to stop the promotion/marketing game after just
a few months like a major label would do. many would agree
that this is a significant problem with the industry these
days, that very little time is spent establishing a presence
for a new act before moving on to the next big thing.
there are so many horror stories of acts signed to labels
who get lost in the roster and just don't receive the
support needed to break out a new act. that's why i keep
saying it's actually an advantage these days to not
being signed to a label.
and being the only artist on my label, i get all the
attention. DIY rocks!
3, 2004 5:40am
so jazz times magazine finally
came out with the review of ITPM in it.
the review's neither here nor there really. i guess it's
good but it ends on kind of a low note with some comments
about the production being "too clean and smooth".
i think i know what he means because the production is
so clean it almost takes some aggressiveness out
of the songs . it's not a bad review. but i don't
think it's going to make anyone run out and buy the CD.
anyways, i'm just grateful for getting in the magazine-
more exposure for the record.
speaking of more exposure, i had a meeting with
klew media today and they have a very
interesting proposal for a marketing campaign that will
focus on, among other things, internet radio and newsgroups
& bulletin boards. i think i'm going to have them
do it in february/march of next year. i really like the
idea of spreading out the promotion of the CD like this.
it keeps it out there in the world. if i were signed to
a real label, they would be so done with the
marketing by now. let's hear it for artist development!
and speaking of 4 more years & the end
of our environment as we know it, did everyone vote? not
enough of you, i guess.
i voted for president bartlet from west
31, 2004 2:06am
so the record has been nominated for best album
art in the independent music awards.
how very cool. even if i don't win, as a finalist i show
up in all their promotional stuff- website, press, magazines,
etc. i don't know yet if they've picked the finalists
in the other categories so i'm hoping i can get one for
best jazz album. not to sound like an ungrateful
bastard (too late!) but i can't really use an award in
best album art to promote my music.
it's funny that way- like the great review i got in modern
drummer...it's kinda odd to use a quote from that review
and then I.D. it as modern drummer magazine. it's
an album by a guitar player, you know what i
all right, so i'm an ungrateful bastard.
i went last night up to the baked potato
and saw a side project band of roger burn's-
triple spec. it had jimmy haslip
on bass, bob sheppard on sax,
dave goldblatt on keys &
walfredo reyes on drums. very cool. they did
a bunch of jazz/fusion covers and it was inspiring. i
need to get out more often and see live music. i bitch
& moan all the time about how people don't support
bands in clubs so i need to practice what i preach.
speaking of baked potato, they got robbed the monday night
before i played there with shapes on
the 25th. these guys came in with guns and made everyone
get on the floor. they took people's wallets & jewelry
and the money from the safe. they popped chuck,
the doorman, in the face with their gun and broke his
nose. my friend dave hill was playing
there with his band and said it was pretty hairy. the
audience was mostly students from the musician's
institute and the LA music academy.
why on earth anybody would rob a jazz club on a monday
night is beyond me. not to make light of it, but dave
said, "i didn't realize jazz could be so violent".
21, 2004 2:30am
i went up to steamers jazz cafe last
saturday night to see anthony wilson play.
it was terence love's 10 year anniversary
of opening the club so it was packed. man, anthony was
amazing! i truly enjoyed his playing, composing &
arranging. he did this one tune that was at least an hour
long and was kinda like a movie with many different sections
blending into one another. he has a nonet and it inspired
me to do some horn arranging for my next record. anthony
has been touring with diana krall and
one of his earlier records was nominated for a grammy
so i suspect he's on his way to greatness. well, he's
already great now, he should be famous in the
i'm playing with shapes this monday
at the baked potato & the next night
at spaghettini's. it's great music, very
challenging and not my tunes for a change.
15, 2004 5:03am
i actually got a ton of stuff done this week. man, i was
getting a little discouraged as to the fact that i've
spent the last 6 weeks going in circles. but
i finally got through to people and am making good progress...
- i scored a string endorsement with elixir
strings. they even gave me top status- free
strings!! whoo hooo!
- i sent a package to jimmy mak
of jimmy mak's jazz club in portland.
i talked to him today and it looks good. the only thing
is he doesn't have an opening until march! that's
okay- that gives me more time to set up something in seattle,
and maybe even other cities. hey! it's gonna be a real
- i hooked up with a guy, fred freidman,
in san luis obispo who has a jazz show on their radio
station KCBX, works at boo boo
records (where i can do an
in-store performance), used to teach at cuesta
college (where i can do a clinic), and, he runs
the SLO jazz society! (he's promoted
quite a few jazz concerts in the area). that's like, all
the contacts you need in one person! SLO will be my first
"road trip". kind of a practice run.
- i had an excellent talk today with my new
mentor, shele sonheim, and he gave me
all the connections i need to make my trip to MIDEM
in france totally happening. he's proving to be very generous
with his advice and he's already making connections for
me over in europe.
- i finally talked with this guy from tower
records about doing an in-store performance at
the store in my neighborhood. i've had to go-ahead from
the store manager for weeks now but i had to run it through
the regional guy. looks like that show will now happen
within the next few weeks.
- tim godwin at LINE
6 is working on getting me some help in financing
an ad i'm going to run in the jazz education journal
that comes out in january during the IAJE conference.
- i talked to karina at
la ve lee jazz club and will send her
a package. a new room in LA for MVD3!
thank you, God! progress feels good.
10th, 2004 1:19am
so we went on our last camping/hiking/fishing trip
of the summer up to mineral king in the
sequoia national forest. what an amazing
place. this time we had our new digital camcorder so we
got some fantastic footage of our hike over this ridge
at 10,000 feet. when i get really good at editing this
web site, i'll start putting footage up on it. another
thing to learn. i'll just put that project on my list
of things to do. let's call it item # 237.
i've got so many irons in the fire at the moment
i'm a tad overwhelmed. but as usual, i'll say "just
the way i like it!". i'm working on setting up shows
in portland, seattle, san luis obispo, & raleigh,
north carolina. it's not a tour, they're just one-off
gigs in locations that i have some kind of connection
with. those are on top of the usual gig-chasing i do in
town. i'm branching up into LA and down to san diego.
i'm also chasing a clinic/concert at the musician's
institute (GIT) in hollywood and i'm going to
use jimmy haslip, terri lyne
carrington & roger burn.
and if i can swing it, i want to do some shows in LA with
the same band, as well as use this line-up for the shows
i do at the NAMM show in january.
on top of all that, i've got to set up my trip
to cannes, france, also
in january. did i mention that the IAJE
conference is in january as well? that month will be intense
i really do love all this stuff but there are times
where i just want to go watch west wing
reruns and pretend i have a staff of many who are taking
care of all of this.
2, 2004 8:38pm
there's this cool site for this guitarist, rob
levit. he is an incredibly artistic & spiritual
guy. check out his rob's writings and his art
& photos pages. i really enjoy discussing the
spiritual aspect of things and rob seems to be very in
touch with that side of himself. great stuff.
2, 2004 1:15am
so the other night, my student/buddy john
sosin, the one who's at berklee
now, he calls me & tells me he went to see john
scofield play. before the show he gets to talk
to him and he gives him one of my CD's ( i gave sosin
a bunch before he left so he could do just that when he
goes to all the bitchin' shows he'll be seeing as a student
there). well, when scofield takes the stage and plays
his first set, he's got the thing in his back pocket so
that whenever he turns around, i'm peeking out his butt.
you can't buy publicity like that! granted, it's on a
small scale but you can bet the sco-freaks in the front
seats are thinking this is what scofield's been listening
to lately, and he must really dig it, 'cause he's gotta
take it everywhere. good work, sosin!
now check this out...
my drummer, dave owens, who's
on the road with fernando ortega, he
calls me tonite from seattle and he's at the john scofield
show at jazz alley! i can hear sco playing
in the background. so i tell dave he's got to
go up after the show and ask john if he's listened to
the CD. two hours later, dave calls me back to tell me
how his life has been changed by listening to sco's drummer,
bill stewart, and i ask him if he's talked
to john. dave says "no, he's not out yet and, besides,
i hate doing that kind of thing". i proceed to try
& talk dave into approaching john, all the while he's
gushing on & on about bill to me and then, john comes
out and stands by dave at the bar. dave decides to go
for it and tells me to "hang on". i can hear
the whole conversation while he explains to john about
boston , the CD, and the fact dave plays in my band. i
couldn't hear all of it but john was polite and remembered
the CD, because of all the ringers on it, most of whom
he's played with. he hadn't listened to it yet, but that
stands a better chance of happening, now that i've come
up twice in one week. good work, dave!
i guess i just think it's cool that sco hears about
me in boston, and then 2 nights later he hears about me
again in seattle. the more i can get my name out there,
the better. it's all smoke and mirrors, ya know.
did i mention that one of my other drummers,david
derge, his college sweetheart was susan
scofield, now john's wife & manager?
no connection is too small.
and ultimately, what does this all mean?
nothing. i just thought it was a cool story.
29th, 2004 2:50am
if i ever have a typical day, i guess today would
be it- phone calls, follow-ups, web site research, practice,
gym, emails,etc. not much to report but i seem to be all
fired up to move forward now that i have these packages.
i also put together my EPK (that's electronic press kit
for you non-music business majors). it's a service by
where you basically build your own web page that they
host. it has your bio, pix, music samples, set list, stage
rider, etc. it won't be replacing a real hold-in-your-hands
kinda press kit but i think it'll be a good thing to email
out to certain potentials. and tonight i made my first
attempt at putting up pix myself on my website's gallery.
i was taught by my webmaster, glen hall of
the most very cool ad agency, the
brainyard, and when he showed me the steps
i took copious notes. but when i tried to do it just now,
i didn't get past the login step with my FTP. oh well.
tomorrow i shall try again. glen's been wonderful helping
me out with the tweekings of the site since it's been
up. he's definitely been a crucial behind-the-scenes-guy
for my operation. i wish i were totally self-sufficient
but there's so many facets to this whole project. i have
no choice but to outscource.
i like to say "outsource" because it
makes me feel like a real business person.
26th, 2004 2:55am
i finished over 20 press kits today. man, what
an ordeal that project became. but it was important that
they be as bitchin' as they can be because, just like
the CD cover, they're the person's first impression. "person"
being a club owner, festival promoter, label owner, etc.(
wait a minute, i'm a label owner. but i still
am open to being bought out by sony). now i can seriously
start chasing things because i have these packages to
send out. it also looks like this MIDEM conference in
france is going to happen for me since now my manager
is all hot to go. we know that this is a necessary step
in order to take this thing to the next level. everyone
i talked to who's gone to it says it's a must. i'm starting
to realize just how important europe is for a jazz career.
i feel like i'm playing that board game, is it "risk"?,
the one where you try to take over the world.
i have a new motto: "until everyone on the
planet has heard my CD, i'm not done promoting it".
22nd, 2004 2:45am
quite the day ...
i had a near-death experience at the beach 'cause
i got the cool idea that i actually had room
in my life for a new hobby which led me to compulsively
buying a boogie-board last week and after a gruelingly
frustrating day today trying to, after two months of facing
one obstacle after another, finally put press kits together
while my inkjet printer ate the pages it finished, unless
i watched it, and my laser printer was printing crooked,
as well as intermittently printing some pages blurry (did
i mention they were both printing agonizingly s l
o w ?), i somehow managed to almost put together
one whole kit, which was really aggravating since
my goal was to get two of them over to fed-ex by 4pm and
then finish 15 or so more packages by 6pm so i could hit
the waves, but, after failing miserably in reaching any
of my goals this day, i decided to go anyways even though
i should've stayed home and worked, but that makes going
surfing even more fun, so, when i got there the waves
seemed a tad big but then it calmed down a little so i
decided to go in and then proceeded to spend most of the
time just trying to get out to the break when that huge
set i saw 45 minutes earlier reappeared at a very inopportune
time and i got so nailed by this ten foot wave
that i didn't surface for at least 2 minutes (okay- it
was, like, 40 seconds, but it was a long 40 seconds)
and then 3 more came right after that and i honestly had
a moment, and i'm not kidding, where i didn't think
i was going to make it.
but i did.
and if i hadn't, at least my CD's sales
SEPTEMBER 18th, 2004 11:01pm
i had this very interesting conversation with
shele sondheim yesterday. he's a bigtime producer/songwriter
who i met at the GEMS music conference a few months ago
and i've been meaning to call him. i'd given him a CD
because he used to be heavy in the fusion scene and he
seemed like a cool guy when he spoke on this panel i saw
him on. he sent me an email a while back saying he enjoyed
the CD. so i finally call him just to network and he not
only remembers me but he starts going off about
how much he loves my music and how he wants to help me
by hooking me up with his contacts. he's very dialed into
the european scene and that is part of why i wanted to
talk to him. i didn't hardly have to say anything as he
proceeded to explain all the ways he could help me out.
one of the things we discussed was the idea of me going
to MIDEM, the giant music conference in cannes, france.
how cool would that be?! how expensive would that
be?! i'm sending him a promo package and a couple
of more CD's and i guess we'll see what happens. i definitely
need to focus on europe because that's the best market
for jazz. it's sad that the USA sucks in supporting it's
indigenous music style.
speaking of packages, my folders i designed for
the press kits came out fantastic! i used the design elements
of the CD package and had them embossed
and then coated with a black foil on the black linen paper
folder. it was supposed to be a quick project to get them
made and, as usual, it turned into a scene as i ran into
various snags. i'll spare us the gory details but suffice
it to say that i now introduce myself as a promoter/marketing
guy who used to play guitar.
but at least i have these bitchin' promo kits so there's
no stopping me now, baby! i can pursue gigs and clinics
galore. i don't know if people will be impressed by the
material inside the folders but at least they'll
sure like the cover.
actually, i have been consistently practicing-
still out of that sheets of sound for guitar
book. it's starting to come along as i'm going back through
the book for a second time (from back to front- i just
went in reverse when i finished it). the new picking technique
is not quite showing up yet in my playing at gigs but
i'm definitely making progress as i do an extreme makeover
in my right hand picking technique. i'm going to call
jack zucker, the author, tomorrow to
discuss some details of the book and to just network with
another guitarist who's got a presence in the jazz instruction
13th, 2004 8:45pm
due to server changes, i've been unable to blog
for the last few days. so sorry.
so, anyways, this movie, what the #@%!*
are we thinking? is a very interesting take
on a lot of the material i've been studying in the last
few years- quantum physics, time & other spiritual/metaphysical
realms. i saw it last monday, and then was checking out
the website for it and found that one of the scientists
in the movie, dr. masaru emoto, was speaking
up in LA. so we went to hear him in person. it was cool,
mostly for the people watching. in the movie, they showed
where he did these studies where he wrote certain words
on water bottles, froze the water, then photographed the
ice crystals under a microscope. very interesting results.
you know what? i'm realizing as i type this that it sounds
dumb - you just gotta check it out on the site www.whatthebleep.com,
there's a link to dr. emoto's site (water crystals). or
better yet, see the movie. it's 1/2 documentary-1/2
scripted. i'd be curious about people's feedback.
this pat metheny article in
jazz improv magazine was very enlightening for
me. i'm, of course, a huge fan of his music. i also
like how he communicates in interviews- i respect his
perspectives and enjoy when he goes into depth on all
aspects of music. this particular article was long and
it covered a lot of different topics. but i especially
connected when he shared about the challenges he faces,
even at his level of proficiency. it was very
encouraging for me. i gotta say, that after reading the
article over the course of last week, i played better
than i've ever played in my trio. those 2 gigs last weekend
went great. stevie d & bill
berg played their asses off. and so did larry.
and even,so did i. 'cause for me, now, it's all about
just letting go and playing in a state of detachment ...accepting
what ever comes out. now that's creative freedom.
8th, 2004 4:06am
it's not a good idea to put off blogging until
the end of my day (which is the beginning of most other
peoples. i'll just do a short one and check in later today.
i've got to get up in 4 hours for a radio interview &
i don't want to be a babbling idiot on air.
the two shows this last weekend were great! it
was fun to play with 2 new drummers & larry was his
usual excellent self. i was very pleased with my performance
as well. it's nice to finally have these tunes down and
the extra confidence brings out my higher self. i've spent
the last 5 years weeding out my issues & crap. after
spending most of my life convincing myself & others
that i suck, i have released most of that negative thinking
bullshit. it's amazing i got this far, being so neurotic,
obsessive-compulsive, anal-retentive, and perfectionistic
as i was. did i mention ADD? any ways, i'm at the best
place i've ever been, spiritually, mentally, physically
& musically and it just keeps getting better. i am
truly blessed. thank you God,
okay, that little outburst is all i have in me for now.
- an enlightening pat metheny
interview in jazz improv magazine
- the movie, what the @*#% are we thinking?!
- further down the road of sheets of sound
2nd , 2004 5:05am
so i'm back safe from another sierra adventure.
what a great trip. we hiked our butts off up above
big pine (7 lakes) & independence
(onion valley). great fishing & great views. i had
been getting a little antsy lately since we haven't gone
on but one trip this summer. these excursions are a necessary
treatment for the soul. it helps me remember to just
i've found yet another thing to occupy my promotional
activities- songwriting competitions. i submitted a few
tunes to the international songwriting competition,
one of the better ones i understand. i haven't explored
these things much but i have a feeling there's a ton of
'em. i also want to check out design awards for the CD.
dave amason & edward martinez
did such an excellent job on the package- it's got a career
of its own. in submitting to ISC, i got a 6 month subscription
to sonic bids- the electronic presskit
people. that's another cool thing to set up.
i'm sitting here listening to the new david
crosby & graham nash CD-
crosby/nash. nice. i have this idea for the next
record to do this older david crosby tune off of that
CSN album in 1977. i'd like to have
david sing on it and use a horn section for the background
harmonies. we'll see. steve distanislau
plays in CPR, david's band he has with
his son, james Randall, &
jeff Pevar, so there's my connection. what a
story that is, about james finding out in his 30's that
he's david crosby's son. can you imagine not knowing who
your dad is & then finding out it's someone like that?
how cool. hey, maybe i'm really adopted and my
dad is john maclaughlin. except that
he would've been, like, 15 when he had me. and so, then,
who was my mom?....i dunno, carol kaye?
it could happen.
28th, 2004 11:00pm
i'm excited about the gigs coming up with steve
distanislau & bill berg
on drums. they're both great and it should be interesting
how the tunes will sound with their input. i've known
stevie d for a million years and bill i just met in january
at the NAMM show when he played with wayne johnson.
i've been a huge wayne johnson trio fan since 1978 when
i first heard his arrowhead album. wayne &
i got to be buddies on the phone when i called him to
take a lesson a few years back. he's the nicest guy and
we're both are avid trout fisherman. we spend hours on
the phone chattin' & i've still never gotten around
to taking a lesson with him. bill is also a really nice
guy and i can't believe that lately i'm actually getting
to hang/play with all these musicians that i've grown
up listening to.
well, speaking of fishing, i'm off to the sierra's
for a few days to hike/camp/fish. i'm not sure i deserve
a vacation. i wasn't exactly productive this week. well,
i was attempting to get stuff done but ran into
snags. like making folders for my press/promo kit. i'm
going to have these cool embossed pocket folders made
but first i had to find the right paper. who'da thunk
that black was going to be a challenge to find?
have you ever explored all the paper options in this world?
geez, it's overwhelming. the one time i strive to keep
things simple, it got totally out of hand.
come to think of it, i did get a few cool things
started this week. like, i submitted my CD to the GRAMMY's.
i'm pretty sure a nomination in one or more categories
would help my career somewhat. i could be the norah
jones of fusion. except my dad isn't a famous
indian sitar player. he used to play trombone in high
school though. i also scored another radio interview with
tony palkovic of KSPC fm.
dammit. you know what?
i totally deserve a few days off. no guilt here.
but i will put a couple of my CD's in my backpack
just in case i run into any music industry types on the
26, 2004 3:26am
i've got to get up in 4 hours to go up & do
some filming for roger burn's promo DVD.
it'll be a cool hang with his band shapes,
of which i play with here & there. also cool is that
jimmy halsip and russel ferrante
will be there. they played with us on the roger's record
in april and so we're going to recreate the session
for filming's sake.
this staying up till 5 or 6 am is killer when i've
got an early day. i wish i only had to sleep, like, 4
hours a week. i read somewhere that chick
corea said he stays up till 7. he said "it's
great for writing but it's hell for meetings."
inside joke: trent, trent, trent, trent.
22, 2004 2:08am
i been listening to the complete jack johnson
sessions by miles davis.
what a great record! simply brilliant. it's the perfect
thing to put on while you clean your house.
these days i listen to most of my music on
real player rhapsody. what a great
deal! for ten bucks a month i basically have tower
records in my office. and it's like 79 cents
to burn a tune. which i never do. but i don't have an
portable MP3 player of any kind. first of all, i'm PC
(God forbid! all my music friends are devout Mac
users & tend to spurn me. i'm just not a computer
guy like that) and second, i don't need to be able to
bring my 10,000 tunes anywhere i go. i spend
the majority of my daily life working at home and when
i'm in the car i'm usually on the phone. so it's the perfect
set up for me. i also have emusic (same
thing- $10/month) which is great for obscure stuff. they
used to be really cool 'cause you had unlimited
downloads, which you then actually owned and had on your
hard drive. but then some nimrod was downloading, like,
20,000 tunes a month which the emusic people deemed "beyond
the scope of personal listening habits" so now it's
limited to 40 downloads a month. damn! that guy ruined
it for everybody. i hate cheaters .
AUGUST 19, 2004, 4:38am
man! it's official! i have had my ass kicked
this week. i swear, every single project i went after
turned into 4 or 5 more projects. it was like tribbles.
whoever has the mid-august slot in the "when matthew
goes crazy" pool must be getting excited 'cause it's
looking like they're gonna win.
on a different note, i have never gotten so into
the olympics before like i have this time. those that
know me know i'm not into sports, that is to say except
for fencing- the only competition sport i do. but watching
these events has been a pleasant diversion from my usual
busy-ness. there have been some amazing competitions in
all the events. and i don't think i've ever seen female
and you know, i kinda wish i hadn't.
15, 2004 4:50am
i managed to get some decent practicing in tonight,
about 4 hours. it felt great. i'm all the way through
that sheets of sound book (by jack
zucker) & now i'm going through it again
a little deeper. it's totally changing my right hand picking
technique. you should start seeing it show up in my playing
at gigs around 2007. i also watched this joe lovano
DVD i ordered. that was very underwhelming. he didn't
really have a lot to say except that you should play through
tunes rubato when you learn them. not the most
informative hour of my life.
i actually have two gigs in a row this labor day
weekend- a saturday night at this new club, original
mike's & then sunday at kikuya.
i'm thinking of having tour t-shirts made up! man, if
i played with the same line-up for a few weeks on the
road, we'd get so burning. it'll happen soon enough. i'm
trying to get hooked up with jimmy haslip
& jing chi and open for them at some
shows. i don't know if that'll happen- not too many jazz
acts have opening acts these days. it's worth a try. my
buddy steve distanislau will be drumming
on the 4th. he's totally burning! he plays with david
crosby, carl verheyen,
and chris robinson. larry steen
(also very burning) will be on bass. my first
night of all subs. and it's at this club's second night
of being open. should be interesting.
14, 2004 5:00am
they screwed up our room at mandalay bay &
to make up for it, they gave us a penthouse suite on the
60th floor overlooking the strip. riotous!. we originally
had a great room on the "house of blues" floor,
with all the cool voodoo decor. but it seems the clerk
at the front desk who checked us in forgot that they were
installing safes in every room on that said floor the
very next morning. that, coupled with a few other things
that would take to long to write up, resulted in the bitchin'
suite (& a free buffet!). however, the next day we
tried to hang at the pool and it was a big fat drag with
all the kids and their parents (most of whom you wouldn't
want to see in a bathing suit). last time we were there,
it was this cool, mellow hang. i thought it would be even
more mellow during off-season. wrong! oh well.
we made the most of it and reminded ourselves how truly
fortunate we are to be able to get to go on a vacation
at all. thank you, God!
but you know, the robes they had for us in the penthouse
were kind of tattered and it kinda upset us...
i got this cool DVD in the mail from the national
academy of recording arts & sciences ( as
in the GRAMMY's- which i joined last
month). it had all these panels on music marketing on
the internet. it was extremely packed with lots of great
info and, of course, another slew of web sites and stuff
for me to research. but one of the things was a marketing
firm that i might be able to hire to establish more of
a web presence for my CD. but judging by their clientele
(i.e. real record labels), it could be a little
out of my league. but it would be great if i can swing
it & have a ton of marketing work outsourced like
that. that would free up some time for me to do other
things like practice the guitar & write more
songs for a second record.
12, 2004 5:54am
well, i did a poor job of being in bed by 6:00am.
unless i can write this entry in 6 minutes. but i had
to blog something right now or it'd be too long between
i had a great trip in las vegas. my KNUV
fm interview went well except that i always forget
to plug my website and say where you can buy the CD. for
some reason, i expect the DJ to do that. next time, i'll
start every sentence with "www.matthewvondoran.com,
visiting with mom was the usual story. but the
stay at mandalay bay went good/bad/good/bad/great. it
all started when...you know what? i gotta go to bed! geez,
it's light out for crying out loud! i've got students
all day today and i'm fried after recording a "get
out & vote" radio spot that i had been procrastinating
on. it took forever.
so i'm going to finish the vegas story tomorrow.
6, 2004 4:20am
it feels good - i've had a productive
couple of days.
i set up an interview with KUNV fm in
las vegas with this cool dude, gig brown
(is that a great jazz radio guy's name or what?! gig).
i met gig in rochester in june when i went to the
jazzweek radio conference. so i called him up
after i decided to go to vegas this weekend to visit my
mom & brother. i'll stay at manadaly bay and chill
out (in 105 degree heat) & then i'll do the interview
on tuesday. and the best part is...
business + pleasure = write off!!
i'm getting closer to actually doing a show out
of state. i talked to my buddy, craig snazelle,
up in portland (he's a great bass player) and he'll find
us a drummer and then i can go up there and play at a
club-probably jimmy mak's- and then do
an in-store at this huge record store, broadway
millennium, and maybe a radio interview. it won't
cost a lot because i won't have to fly my band up there.
this might be the way to go until i figure out how to
tour on a bigger level.
and on a local note, i've got 2, count 'em, 2 in-store
shows in the works for the tower records
and the virgen megastore that are 3 blocks
away from my house. think globally, act locally!
first i take over my neighborhood, then vegas & portland,
then the world!
so, i'm still trying to figure out this google
ad thing. the idea is that my sponsored link
ad comes up when you do a google search on words i tell
it to hook up with (like jazz guitar or jimmy
haslip). it 's rather complex process of setting
it up and it keeps telling me that my keywords aren't
getting enough click throughs or something like that,
so it slows my ad rate.
you know, i just realized that that last paragraph
probably means nothing to you. does anybody out there
know the story on this thing? it's yet another learning
curve for me as i figure out how to run a record label
& all the stuff that goes with it. sometimes i feel
like i'm working towards my masters in business
& marketing but i never took any of the BA classes
and i'm trying to learn the basics as i'm in the middle
of the advanced stuff.
did i mention that i love every minute of it?
2, 2004 8:50pm
8 days between blog entries. bad form for bloggers
as i understand it. sorry- been busy with lots cool stuff...
the interview at KPFK went swimmingly. i thought
i'd be nervous knowing that people i know would be listening
but i was quite comfy. sergio mielniczenko
was a very cool dude and we plugged the shit out of the
potato gig. we were the first interview in the new control
room and he was getting used to the new board, i guess,
because he accidently cut off one of my tunes before it
was over. let me tell you- 4 seconds of dead air seems
like 4 hours. glad it wasn't my fault. ("hey, what's
this button do?")
the gig at the baked potato in
hollywood also went swimmingly. it was a good crowd, especially
for a 10:30 show on a wednesday. it meant a lot to me
to play there with my own band, given its historic significance
as a jazz club in LA. the band played well. andy
suzuki was burning on sax. i like that line-up,
having it a quartet. and now i chase my next date for
friday night sandra & i went up to see the
yellowjackets play at catalina's in
hollywood. what great hang those guys are. it still blows
my mind that they were all on my record. it was a good
show and a swell time with roger burn
and friends. marcus baylor hadn't seen
the final CD package so he was tripped out by that. i'm
gonna explore the net for CD packaging awards. you know,
they give out a grammy for best package. we'll see. any
ways, jimmy was his usual cool self, as well as his wife
nancy. great people. he still continues to be a huge help
in promoting the CD.
sunday night i had a rocking show at kikuya.
thanks to my buddy/student john sosin,
it was a good crowd. john brought in about 15 of his friends
and a lot of other people showed up as well. john is going
off to the berklee school of music in
a few weeks. he's been a huge help in supporting my gigs
& i'm lucky to have him as a friend. it's fun to watch
a young person explore the world of jazz. all these classic
records he's getting into came out when i was his age.
(geez, i sounded old just now). edmund velasco,
local sax master, sat in for a few tunes and david
derge was filling in for dave owens
on drums. we totally killed.
one last note- my manager, steve belkin,
has made the observation that, when i blog, he has never
been acknowledged for his significant role in my successful
career. i agree- he certainly deserves recognition. so
here it goes.."i would like to say that steve is
the greatest manager i've ever had!"
now i'm off to see m. night shyamalan's
the village. review to follow...
24, 2004 2:45am
i just came from seeing this great trio, ohm,
with chris poland from megadeth,
kofi baker (ginger baker's
son) & this cool bass player, robertino pagliari.
what was a trip is that they were playing right around
the corner from my house at this restaurant/bar called
la cave. total 1970's. i mean, this place looks right
out of a barnaby jones episode ( the one where
barnaby goes to the bar to investigate the suspected murderer's
girlfriend whose has too much blue eye-shadow on). it's
got the red leather booths and the bartenders with the
white shirts & black vests on. about 4 years ago it
became a happening place to hang & they started having
entertainment- some local jazz combos.
anyways, i'm out with my wife celebrating my one
year anniversary and we stop by on the way home just because
we were dressed nice and we hardly ever go out. i usually
hear the music there from upstairs because la cave
is actually in a basement under the blockbuster video
store where i rent my videos (you can totally hear
the bands while you decide whether to rent tremors
3 or 4).
so to my surprise, i'm getting to hear some hardcore
fusion music in the most unlikely of places.
i introduce myself to the guys and give them a
CD. chris gives me one of theirs and it turns out to be
recorded live at KPFK fm where i just
did my first live LA radio interview on friday. plus,
they're playing at the baked potato the night
after i am next week. small world. so it was easy to introduce
myself & hang with them without being too
i've been trying to get a gig at la cave myself
so i go up to say hi to this bartender, joe, who i gave
a CD to last time i was there. turns out, he's leaving
(after 27 years!) & going to work at this other new
club in santa ana & he tells me he wants to hire my
band for there. funny how things work out. had i not gone
in tonite, i would've missed talking too him & he'd
be gone forever.
did i mention i was out with my wife for our anniversary?
and i'm networking & schmoozing gigs!!! before you
judge me too harshly, let just tell you that i have the
coolest wife in the world and she understands that when
opportunities come up, one must jump on them.
besides, she won't be crying when megadeth calls me to
sub for chris on their big tour.
i'll write about my KPFK experience tomorrow.
21, 2004 11:40pm
today i did my first "phoner" interview.
it was with WSHA FM in raleigh, north carolina. i had
met john bouille, the music director of the radio station,
at the jazzweek conference in rochester last month and
he & i hit it off. so we set up this interview for
the "drive time" jazz show. he's a very cool
guy & it went well. we talked for, like, an hour and
then he played a few of my tunes off the record. at the
end he gave away a couple of CD to callers. it was cool.
and easy. i guess i didn't really expect to be challenged
by the task of talking about myself for any length of
time. the Von Doran's- we are talkers.
but john did cut me off when i started telling him about
my 3rd grade teacher and the time i...
the audience was captive due to rush hour traffic.
although i suppose they could just change the channel.
i taped the whole thing so i listened to it later. what's
the deal with hating the sound of your own voice? i sound
like rodney bingenheimer from KROQ. my poor wife, she
has to listen to that all day? that does it! i'm not singing
on anymore of my records. i'm gonna get sting to do it.
or, as my dad calls him, string.
anyways, i enjoyed it and i hope i can get out
to raleigh and do some shows. john said the phones lit
up for the giveaway when we were done. that feels
JULY 15, 2004 4:20am
rented movie reviews:
the station agent- a superb indie flick! after
it was over, i watched it again with the director's commentary.
i learned alot about lighting, cinematography, blocking
& how to get your acting friends to work for free. i
think after i nail this jazz artist/record label owner
thing, i'm gonna try producing/directing movies. can't
be that much more work or more expensive...
the butterfly effect- it meant well but was very
uneven. i think the director was trying to do an impression
of M. Night Shyamalan, but failed right at the start by
hiring demi moore's way too young boyfirend. besides,
the butterfly effect is a reference to the consequences
of changing small events. he was going back &
redoing huge life-altering events. it's, like,
the difference between turning one street too early going
home late one night and the dumping of tens of thousands
of dollars into making a jazz CD.
bad santa- what was i thinking? i just rented
it 'cause i like billy bob thornton. i feel badly for
him. what do you do when you're 6 months into filming
a movie and you realize it's going to turn out to be a
piece of shit? maybe i can fix my poor decision in renting
this movie by renting elf.
JULY 10, 2004 4:45am
blogus interuptus! i was having trouble with contribute,
my website editting program, & the server this week,
so no report from moi.
so what went on this week?
ups. downs. mostly ups.
tuesday i talked with a new friend of mine at skyline
entertainment who is going to try and hook me up with
the ted kurland agency. they book, like, pat metheny &
the yellowjackets and a gazillion other jazz greats. maybe
they'll want to take on little ol' me- 'cause i think
it's time for me to make the leap from sushi bars to stadiums
wednesday i met with an old friend of mine, steven
mcClintock, who is a publisher. he can hook me up with
licensing my music for film, TV, & ads. now that would
be nice. i then met with some other producer/friends about
filming a promotional DVD for myself. then i checked out
some amps with my buddy, corey, at a cool boutique amp
shop and then, i met with terence, the owner
of steamers jazz club, who hooked me up with some pictures
he's taken of my band & some info about some newssgroups
that i can promote the CD on. now didn't i feel like the
real record label owner that i am with all these
the best thing about my label, B cat records, is that
i'm the only artist on the roster so i get the attention.
i just wish i had verve's money &
Darek sounded great at the mon gig on
the 4th. he's the best. it was a great crowd- i was surprised,
it being a holiday.
next big project: more LA gigs, college gigs & some
JULY 3, 2004 5:39am
i got a good day of practicing in. i've been working
out of this book i just got- jack zucker's sheets of sound
). it's like 270 pages of exercises and stuff that
incorporates different kinds of right hand picking technique.
the idea is to blow saxophone-like lines on guitar. you
know, john coltrane's "sheets of sound". at this stage,
i think i'm blowing more like "shits of sound". it's a
great book though. i'm always looking to get my chops
up to the next level.
lately, i'm just happy to be practicing a few hours a
day. i could spend all of it just dinkin' around on the
computer pursuing promotional opportunities for the CD.
it's all about striking a balance between work/play/life.
a friend of mine once told me i reminded him of that guy
on the ed sullivan show who spun the plates on top of
i think i'm up to 37 plates now.
29, 20004 6:40pm
so last night i played at the baked potato
in north hollywood for the first time. not a huge deal
but it was cool to me 'cause i've seen so many of my favorite
musicians play there over the years. i saw larry carlton
play there in 1979. whoops, dating myself. ah, who cares?-
being a jazz artist, age is now irrelevant, thank God.
unless you're jamie cullum.
and, on an even cooler note, justin, who books the BP
called me and gave me a date there for my trio- JULY 28th.
i'll be sharing the evening with another band but i get
to play from 10:30 to 12:30, which is cool enough- it's
sort of an audition. the things ya gotta go through to
get gigs. i've been calling/emailing this guy for 2 months.
he finally calls me back because jimmy haslip played there
saturday night and put a bug in his ear about giving me
a shot. thank you jimmy! he's incredibly helpful with
this kind of stuff.
so here i go- making my fusion crusade up into LA. now
i just have to pack the place on a wednesday night at
did i mention that wednesdays are free beer night?
27, 2004 2:50pm
i went and saw jimmy haslip play with sandro albert
friday night at spaghetinni's in seal beach. sandro's
a great guitarist from brazil. gary novak was on drums
& my long-time buddy quinn johnson was on piano. it
was totally burning. i rarely get out to catch sets- looks
like this is the month i get to see some great music.
plus, it's cool that these guys played on my record. what
a trip! i've been asking them if they'd be willing to
sub in my band and they're all into it. once i get 4 or
5 deep on subs, it'll be easier to book gigs. i'm still
at the point where it blows me away that these musicians
i grew up listening to on all my favorite records are
now into playing in my band. thank you God!
jimmy haslip is perhaps the most coolest human being on
the planet. he is very centered & very generous. i
am so priveledged to get to hang with him. i could never
have made a CD like this without him. he continues to
be a huge help with the promotion of it. he's always turning
me on to contacts for radio, labels and whatnot.
alrighty then- i've got to go work on tunes for monday
night. i'm subbing in my buddy roger burn's band shapes.
we're playing at the baked potato in north hollywood.
roger played vibes on my CD and he's responsible for hooking
me up with jimmy. jimmy produced roger's 1st record and
the one he just finished. it will be out next january.
i played a bunch on it (roger actually covered one of
my tunes- measure once) and shapes main
guitarist, mike higgins, is on it, of course. plus, robben
ford is on 2 tunes. it'll be cool.
24, 2004 4:15am
what a crazy busy day.
it's incredible how much there is to do when you make
a CD and start a record label. it's overwhelming. but
i love every minute of it. i've been a sideman all my
life and now all my efforts are going towards a project
with my name on it. this is incredibly satisfying.
phone calls, emails, websites, practicing guitar, gym,
quality time with my wife, eating, teaching myself typing
so i can do emails quicker, practicing speed reading so
i can research quicker, post office, did i mention phone
calls?, & writing tunes for the second CD
(geesh, i just released this one 6 weeks ago).
this is my life now.
so far, so good. i am truly blessed. i'm on the jazz charts
and climbing. i've gotten incredible reviews. this is
all tripping me out. but at this point in my life, i've
gotten pretty good at staying balanced. it's just been
a while since i did the workaholic thing.
i'm listening to darek oles' debut CD "like
a dream" while i type. he's such the great bass
player. i went and saw him play last week with larry goldings,
peter erskine, & bob sheppard at the vic in santa
monica. it was a great set and it blows my mind that all
those guys played on my record. did i mention that i was
okay- off to bed....tomorrow- repeat
JUNE 18, 2004-
Okay- so, here’s my site. I thought it would
be cool to keep a journal as I go through this process
of launching my career as a jazz artist. Lately, as I
checked out various websites, I found myself drawn to
the ones that were more kinetic- blogs, updated news &
calendars, current picture galleries and so forth. With
the release of my CD, lots of things are starting to happen.
I thought I could share my musings as I go along. I’m
just taking the leap into this and I don’t know
how it will turn out. That’s the fun of it. Please
feel free to respond and connect. JANUARY 1st, 2008