Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tour Diary May 2011: Jack DeJohnette Group In Europe Part 2

Comedian Louis C.K.
Louis C.K. is currently my favorite living comedian. I've watched his latest DVD Hilarious at least three times.( I actually saw him do some of that material live at Caroline's in New York a few years ago.) Watching Louis C.K. is like watching an older jazz musician play; he's totally comfortable on stage, he's has total control over his material, and the audience is left in awe of his mastery. His material is highly observational, and it covers things we can all relate to, but he can examine the simplest ideas with such angry, twisted detail, that you are left breathless at the virtuosity of his explanations. C.K. draws much of his humor from his complete honesty, his shamelessness, his willingness to leave no stone unturned in his self-deprecation and criticism of society.

 C.K. does a bit about how in the United States, we have what he calls "white people problems." Whereas many in this world have problems such as, " Oh no, they're cutting all of our heads off today…", the spoiled, bloated brats in America will complain about things like,"We had to sit on the runway for 40 minutes…". C.K. laments,"That's a story in this country, people will stop what they are doing to listen to that story…' it was the worst day of my life….I had to wait on the runway for 40 minutes…'. ' Oh My God, that's terrible, you should SUE them…..' ." The theme of much of this thread is that things are so amazing in our comfortable, Western lives, and yet " everyone's miserable…".

I bring this up because I'm extremely guilty of this crime. I'm blessed to be able to travel to exotic lands for free and get paid reasonably well to perform jazz concerts(really, to merely  noodle around on the piano). I actually get PAID to do this. And yet, all I can do is gripe about how hard it is to travel. A part of me wants to describe the sort of touring I'm doing at the moment as grueling. That's really a huge exaggeration. Grueling would be a journey across the desert on foot in a sandstorm and running out of food and water and getting lost for two years. Grueling is not, " I had to get up really early and fly to Berlin. I had to sit in the middle seat for 90 minutes!"  That's a clear case of White People Problems…..

On the other side of the Euro coin, this now is the part of touring that is the work; the gig ends at 1am, get to the hotel at 2 am, get up at 5:30 am, drive 3 hours, get on a flight, wait for your luggage, drive two hours, go to soundcheck, play the gig, rinse, repeat as many days in a row as possible. It becomes so that you can't tell day from night; you sleep whenever you can. Yesterday, in my hotel room in Le Mans, France, I slept from 4 pm to 9:20 pm, knowing that there would be little time to rest between the end of the gig and the dreaded lobby call. Jack DeJohnette, our fearless bandleader, actually asked if there was a way that we could play first on the program of the festival, in order to attempt a full night's sleep.(This was not possible.) And comically, we sabotaged ourselves, because we agreed that we would play one hour starting at 11 pm, but we ended up playing almost an hour and forty minutes.

Be still, Taggart, be still!
(from Blazing Saddles)
But it hasn't been all work and no play: yesterday, after the soundcheck, we were driving back to the hotel, and DeJohnette suddenly started scat singing over the chord changes of Sonny Rollin's " Airegin". Others in the group scatted a bit, or sang bass lines. Then DeJohnette began singing random Beatles tunes from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band  and  Magical Mystery Tour. I'm often intrigued with the musical activities of musicians off the bandstand. It's also informative to learn about their other interests: after the concert, driving back once again to the hotel, DeJohnette was quoting dialogue from his favorite Mel Brooks movies!

So tonight will be our 4th concert. As I write this, I'm hurtling in a sleek BMW towards something  called Schloss Neuhardenberg. Soundcheck at 4, concert at 7, 1 hour. Although I believe we will play longer than one hour! And we leave the hotel at 8am tomorrow, so I might actually get a truly complete night's sleep! Hooray! I've been nursing a mild cold since the tour began; hopefully a full eight hours of rest will knock it out for good.

34 comments:

  1. Really nice writing, George. I enjoy reading about the realities of touring overseas, from an insider's point of view. Re the eight full hours of rest though: what's that? I don't anybody who actually get that much sleep anymore! But seriously...keep on turning out these frank ruminations on your gigging experiences and I'll keep reading them. (Also do hope you are able to get enough rest to knock out that cold.)

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  2. Another white people problem:

    I just checked Jack DeJohnette's website (ugh! Flash!) and his MySpace page to see if there was any chance of catching you guys somewhere nearer to hand than Hamburg. According to MySpace, there's nothing scheduled, while the website doesn't have any gigs after Oct 2010. So, I looked on the fnac.com site, which is where I'd often go to get tickets for forthcoming performances in France, but they haven't got anything either.

    The things I have to put up with, and you're ostentatiously refraining yourself from complaining about a mere few weeks' sleep deprivation!

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  3. Apologies for the previous comment: as soon as I posted it, I thought about Facebook and, sure enough, the dates are there.

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  4. Wecome to the touring world. I just got off a tour with this same schedule with 14 gigs in 16 days. We were in airports for 15 hours with delays on one of those off days. How do we do this for a month or two at a time, year after year and play at the top, my hats off to all that can do this. It isn't for the squeamish! I have been doing this steady since 1973 and am in pretty good shape. How do u figure this?
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  5. We were in airports for 15 hours with delays on one of those off days. How do we do this for a month or two at a time, year after year and play at the top, my hats off to all that can do this. It isn't for the squeamish! I have been doing this steady since 1973 and am in pretty good shape. How do u figure this?

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