|How can I sleep when |
I need to practice the rudiments?
In my last entry, I wrote that we were going to Schloss Neuhardenberg. It's a place in the former East Germany which has a rich history, dating to 1348, when it was a village called Quilitz. This village was once the geographical center of the Kingdom of Prussia. (Some say it was originally a Slavic settlement.)
|Carl-Hans Graf von Hardenberg|
Wow! I guess they had a real life Inglourius Basterds going on there in Schloss NeuHardenberg. After the war, the town , being in East German territory, was renamed Marxwalde, and was a model for the German Architecture Academy. It was also a garrison for the East German Army. When the Berlin Wall fell, they decided to call it Neuhardenberg again. Now it's a place which seems to be dedicated to art and music. They have a pretty extensive concert series; many of the concerts take place in this little historic church right next to the hotel that we stayed in.
I'm always interested in how a small town in the middle of eastern Germany will have the money, and the interest, to bring Jack DeJohnette and his band, and yet, most cities in the United States have neither the funding nor the desire to bring high level jazz music. It's kind of sad to me, that this band will most likely never play in Baltimore, or Philly, or Washington D.C., but we will play all over Europe in small villages.
|Maybe it was a nightclub back in the day....|
On to Athens, Greece! Most people spend a week or two in sunny Greece on holiday. Unfortunately, we only got about 36 hours, just enough time for a couple of Greek salads, a sound check and a concert. Regrettably, I did not go to the Acropolis, but I could see it from the rooftop restaurant. (It reminded me of when basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neil was asked, after he made a visit to Athens, if he went to the Acropolis? "We went to so many nightclubs, I don't remember the names of all of them...") While in Athens, I ran into drumming great Ralph Peterson, Jr., and I was able to get an interview with him. Hopefully, I'll post it sooner rather than later.
Now we are in Hamburg, Germany for a few days. We still have almost two weeks to go! In the meantime, here are some pictures from my Iphone. Nothing too exciting, but at least some visual representation of the tour. I've gotten out of the habit of taking pictures on the road. I think the last time I did it was when you still had to bring rolls of film to be developed. Enjoy!
|in front of the hotel|
|nice little pool in front of the hotel|
|back of the hotel|
|our road manager, Ben Surman: "Stop asking me how long it takes to get to Athens!"|
|Dave Fiuczynski checking his luggage|
|bassist Jerome Harris|
|Jack and Ben checking in the bags|
|Ravi Coltrane: "One more donut, please..."|
|Jack, reading the paper|
|This was in Dusseldorf, the connecting airport. We thought it was funny....|
|view from my room in Athens|
|Jack tuning the drums|
|Jerome at soundcheck|
|This is the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. It was sold out!|
|Dave and his double neck guitar|
|Ravi at soundcheck|
|My set up: Grand Piano, Nord Stage, Laptop controller, Yamaha Motif. The pocket trumpet is sitting on the piano|
|Another view of my set up|
|My view of the concert|
|The band after the concert and a few drinks|
|view from the rooftop|
|You can barely see the Acropolis|
|Athens Airport: we thought this was funny too|