Did you know...
While I was a music student in L.A. I made extra money as an extra in TV and film. I was in Pretty Woman
(I think I got edited out), a stand-in for the "New Kids on the Block" Coke commercial, and in a couple Twix candy commercials Desert Island picks:
Mike Stern: Time in Place
Pat Metheny: Still Life Talking
(Geffen) Kenny Garrett
: Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane
(Warner Bros.) John Coltrane
: A Love Supreme
John Scofield: A Go Go
(Verve Records) How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Jazz is, without any doubt, facing many of the issues that the industry as a whole is dealing with; piracy, declining record sales, low streaming royalty rates. And it's audience doesn't appear to be growing very much. BUT, that audience is fervent in its support and will never completely go away. It's up to musicians and programmers to keep jazz relevant in this quickly changing world and I'm sometimes disappointed by gatekeepers who wish to preserve jazz to a very specific era that has been very well trodden. I fully agree that we need to respect and mind the tradition but we also need to keep it vital with new perspectives in order to keep jazz as it should be, a work in progress. What is in the near future?
My trio is embarking on a month long tour this Summer which will include 3 weeks overseas. Upon return I have a SUPER busy schedule as well. Later this fall I will be releasing my 10th recording, a live date entitled "Live in the UK!" Stay tuned!! What song would you like played at your funeral?
"People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield