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"Our goal is to go beyond LA. We're starting to do that this year," Daversa explains. "'m going to try and get a New York thing happening by the summer or the beginning of next year, so we can start collaborating with a few folks. We're going to try and get the small band out to the world, out to the people. That's a big priority. It's paramount, for our future as a band, that we have these goals and these experiences; that we start to grow together as we start to tour a little bit. That's the direction for this next year and beyond. To grow with the music. It's always about the music. Keep moving, always with the goal of making great music and making people happy.
"It's been a little steam engine, picking up momentum as we go along. It's getting stronger and stronger. We've been working hard at it, so a lot of that good energy. The rewards are starting to come now," says Daversa. Meanwhile, he plays in different jazz groups around in LA and occasionally travels with them, like last year, when he went to Japan with Bob Mintzer's group. He tosses in movie and TV dates as well. "You just try and juggle it all. Do the things that seem like they're going to be fun. If it's not going to be fun, then I won't do it."
"In order for me to do this," says Daversa, "I am going to have to create my own path, just like everybody. It's a full life I'm living right now. It's real fun. Really fun."
Joe Cocker, Fire It Up (Sony, 2013)
John Daversa, Artful Joy (BFM, 2012)
Regina Spektor, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (Sire/Wea, 2012)
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.