The McBride Diaries (Vol.14)
Posted on 1/20/2006at 2:29 AM
If you were paying attention in the last entry, you saw that I spent the last day of 2005 with the King, the Godfather, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business.....Mr. James Brown!

Why?

Well, I must admit, I'm somewhat old-fashioned and believe in jinxes. So.....until this thing is settled, I won't give details, but I will at least say that it's a bit different from what we were going to do back in 1996. That's all you get!

Sadly, we've lost two legends already with the passings of Lou Rawls and Wilson Pickett. It's time for some young brothers to come and take the mantle. Usher's cool, but.....(John Legend, maybe?)

At the IAJE conference this month, Bob Blumenthal and I for the second year in a row did our panel entitled "Excuse The Musical Disruption", which is a "jazz version" of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" with Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. It was a total GAS! I have a feeling we've started something big. This will be a hit at the conference for a long time, I think.

I'm very much looking forward to touring with the Ropeadope "What Is Jazz?" tour which will start in April. Dates are being booked right now. The tour will coincide with the release of our "Live at Tonic" CD. The tour will be a big '60's style revue: The CMB, DJ Logic, The Charlie Hunter Trio and Bobby Previte. I'm thinking we're all going to have to go dutch for a tour bus! The Ropeadope "What Is Jazz" Tour - Coming to YOUR town in '06!!

I'm actually NOT looking forward to making two back-to-back trips to Australia!! The gigging part will be fun, of course (Pat Metheny, Lalo Schifrin), but I only have just under a month in between both trips. All that traveling's going to be deep. I won't complain, though. (I can hear the haters now, "Well, give ME the gig! I'll take it!!") You can't possibly take enough books on that long flight, man.

What else? The LA Phil stuff kicks in this summer. Can't wait for that. I also predict that the Jazz Museum is going to blow up big.

Later this year, I'm thinking that it's time to put together a real hardcore straight-ahead project. It's time to "come on in there"! Not giving up the CMB, of course, but just to have another "situation" at hand.

Alright, enough predicting. Later.....

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