The McBride Diaries (Vol.6)
Posted on 11/29/2002at 7:19 AM

I sincerely hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with Chick Corea in Tokyo. We just completed a two week run at the Blue Note Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo. This was my first time getting to play with Chick in only a trio format. The wonderful Ignacio Berroa played drums. The entire two week run was fantastic. In Fukuoka, Chick and I played duets. Boy, was that a treat. It was hard to concentrate because 1.) We didn't have an entire day off to adjust to the time change as we usually do, so I was DOG tired, and 2.) The whole time I was playing, I kept thinking, "Chick and Herbie....Chick and McFerrin....Chick and Burton....Chick and McLaughlin....Chick and ME??????" Every duet project Chick Corea has ever put together has been memorable, so I was honored to have the opportunity to play duets with him. When we got to Tokyo, Chick's wife, Gayle Moran, joined us for a few tunes every night. We played tunes like "500 Miles High", "You're Everything", etc, etc. Also, my pal Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer (who are on their 30th anniversary tour) joined us one night. A great time was had by all. Thanks, Chick.

Before the Japan tour with Chick, I spent ten days in Europe with Roy Haynes and the CMB. Again, the gigs with Roy were fantastic. My old running partner, Antonio Hart (fresh off of a tour with Dave Holland's big band), played saxophone. It was just like old times. I count my blessings every day getting to play with a legend like Roy Haynes. All you have to do is listen to him. You get plenty of insight by just listening to a cat like that. You don't need to ask too many questions. After the gigs with Roy, I met up with the CMB gang for two gigs in Ceuta and Gijon. Where the hell are Ceuta and Gijon you might ask? Well, I knew that Gijon was in the northern part of Spain, but I had NO idea where Ceuta was. Much to my amazement, we discovered that Ceuta is on the edge of Africa! I really wish I would have known ahead of time that we were going to the Motherland, I would have gotten a digital camera! Sadly, we didn't spend too much time there. I didn't even see Africa during the daytime. I got there around 7pm, played the show, and we left about 6am the next morning. Hopefully, I'll get to go a little deeper into the Motherland (for a longer stretch of time, too!) the next time.

Right before I left for Europe, I got a call (personally, I might add) from the great Carly Simon. As you'll see when you go the "gigs" page, I'll be doing a few gigs with her coming up. She has a new Christmas CD, and we're going to do just a few TV shows, in-stores, and radio shows. How cool was it that she called personally? Carly's my new pal. We hit it off quickly.

After Carly, I'm going to prepare for the Christmas holidays with my family.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday, and may God bless you, your families, friends, and loved ones.

Peace and Love,

Next installment: "2002 in review + 2003 preview" Due: 12/30

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