2003 was a very good year.....
Posted on 3/7/2004at 6:39 AM
My biggest challenge in 2004 is to come away feeling as great as I did about 2003. As I mentioned in my 2003 preview last year, there's always a surprise gig that comes around. In 2003, that surprise gig came in the form of the Herbie Hancock Trio. In August, as you know, we played a number of dates in Japan, and Herbie and Jack DeJohnette blew my mind. It all happened so fast, it almost seems like it never happened. I can only hope that it happens again. But as great as the Herbie tour was, the central nervous system of my musical life is the CMB. The Vertical Vision tour was so much fun. I can never, ever get enough with the guys. Being "blessed" by Joe Zawinul at the JVC festival in Saratoga was arguably the highest point for me professionally in 2003. Ron, Geoffrey, and Terreon are my soul brothers. I can't wait until we record our next CD. When's that going to be? Just hold tight. I'll tell you in a minute. To cap off the year, there was the Pat Metheny Trio tour which was great, too. There's definitely more of that to come in '04. Then, there were the school programs - Aspen, Richmond, Brubeck, and Mancini. All of them were fantastic last year. I was comissioned to write an arrangement of "Youthful Bliss" for a large ensemble at Mancini last year. Big fun. Of course, there was the concert with the Shanghai Quartet in Richmond playing Schubert's "Trout". Boy, that was really fun. On the recording side, there were sessions with Pat Martino, Sting, Diana Krall, McCoy Tyner, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, and a couple of releases from a long time ago.

Now, as good a year as 2003 was, what was it that made it even greater? Hmmm....

You notice I absolutely NEVER talk about my personal life on this website?

Onward to 2004!.........

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