Went to Lansing, MI to hang with Ed Fedewa. We talked bass shop for a while and he adjusted my bass’s sound post. It sounds way better! Ed’s a great musician and craftsman. Definitely found my bass guy in Michigan. I guess the performance today consisted of playing for Ed.
Day 203: Playing a gig at Sindbad’s in Detroit with Scott Gwinnell. Seems like a nice seafood place! Tunes, tunes, tunes.
Probably will head to Cliff Bell’s afterward to see the Paul Keller Trio with Duncan Macmillan and Sean Dobbins. First time hearing Paul play believe it or not!
200: Teaching. The Jazz Band is starting to pull “Sketches of Spain” together. Still some rhythmic issues and some other stuff to work out, but I can hear that the work is finding its identity.
201: Teaching a lesson. For some reason, I feel like I’m controlling my technique better. I’ve been playing everyday. Maybe that’s it? Of course it is. Get in the shed, Miles.
202: Shedding? Teaching. Driving Jenine to airport for SMT. Late night shedding.
191: Great gig with Naima Shambourger, George Davidson, and Sven Andersson.
194: Day 1 rehearsal w/ AWS in New York for SONiC Festival.
195: Day 2 rehearsal w/ AWS
196: Dress rehearsal and Performance. Nice new venue here:
197: Travel back to Detroit. Not too much performance, but a lot of moving furniture.
198: New iPhone! Gave a little performance for Jenine.
199: Sub teaching Jazz Singers. I hope I don’t have to sing for them too!
Day 185: Teaching
Day 186: Teaching
Day 187: Rehearsal for the Prokofiev Quintet, Op. 39. Really fun piece with some wonderful musicians. The concert is at Oakland on November 10th.
Day 188: Rehearsal with Naima Shambourger for her gig tomorrow. Naima is a wonderful singer. Thanks to George Davidson for recommending me for the gig! Also got to meet Sven Andersson, a great pianist. Looking forward to the gig tomorrow.
Day 189: Teaching. Also saw two performances. One by Tony Malaby and one by Third Coast Percussion out of Chicago. Both concerts were highly enjoyable.
Day 190: Cleaning house, literally! Might try to actually perform something for someone today.
Had a good concert with the OSO. The Janacek is a quirky piece, for sure. Got a chance to hear Scott Conklin perform a piece for Joel Puckett. Really nice concerto-ish piece. Scott did a great job with it. I enjoyed playing the Shostakovitch too.
On to the next…
Day 183: Rehearsal with the OSO. Better on the Janacek. The Shotakovitch Symphonic Dances is a wonderful piece too. Haven’t heard the Puckett yet…wanted to wait for the performance, but I’m sure it’s killer.
After months of academic work and studying, I’ve forgotten how much fun it is to play, composer, and listen to music that I want to, rather than NEED to listen to. This got me thinking about the idea of choice in music. Not choice in music as in John Coltrane vs. Britney Spears, rather the choices you make as a musician during the production of music. What bowing should I choose? How loud is mezzo-forte? Which articulation is best here?
Every nuance in the performing or composing of a piece is, to me, where the beauty lies in the musical work. You choices derive from your musical taste. Musical taste can be guided, but it is difficult to teach. It is difficult to teach because it is self-referential and deeply related to choice. As human beings, choice is our “inalienable right.” This is the basis of our country’s political system, our lifestyle decisions, and our preference for art. Consequently, this is why I find “jazz” so fascinating and fun, especially as a bassist. For every beat of a tune, I have to make a choice. Sometimes my note choices are conservative, and sometimes, if I’m feeling rascally, they’re a little more outside-the-box. It’s always fun to see where these choices take me. My only hope at the end of the gig is that my bandmates like my choices too.
Here’s what I HAVE chosen to listen to today. My good friend Jason Treuting is playing drums.
“Bad Mango” by Dave Douglas and So Percussion.