Feb 4, 2010

2010 JazzSea 10 day Caribbean Cruise

The 2010 JazzSea Caribbean Cruise was another memorable success. This year we boarded the brand new Celebrity Equinox in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and cruised to St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Kitts, Dominica, and St. Maarten, returning to Ft. Lauderdale after 10 days of good music and mostly calm seas.

I performed my solo concert with banjo and guitar along with piano accompanist, Karla West.

The next day, I conducted the Banjos Aweigh banjo band as they performed their concert with 30 musicians playing and singing their hearts out to a packed audience.

I conducted and rehearsed Banjos Aweigh - all amateur musicians - for a week before their concert and they sounded great within a day or two. The band consisted of tenor and plectrum banjos, tuba, trombone, clarinet, violin,piano, drums, washboards and spoons, gut-bucket, harmonicas, as well as a musical saw! We even had 3 lovely singers, the “Elegant Sweethearts”, on microphone to help with the sing along.

Jan 2, 2010

Glacier Jazz Festival, Oct. 2 & 3, 2009

I played a few shows at the beginning of October at the annual Glacier Jazz Festival in Kalispell, Montana. The music coordinator for the festival is Karla West whom you can see playing piano in the following photo. Karla is the leader of the "Rocky Mountain Rhythm Kings". I had fun playing with her band as well as some of the other featured bands at the festival. I also had my own concerts in which Karla accompanied me.