If you ever talk to older jazz cats, you might hear more about gigs that went on for years, or even 7 sets a night! 7 sets! That's a lot of music. (I wonder if some of my students, given the tunes they know, could get through ONE set, let alone 7!) I keep saying that the best place to learn jazz is on the bandstand; unfortunately there are very few "bandstands" left in the world, especially ones where you can meet once a week, let alone 6 nights a week for 6 months.
Well, good NEWS, everyone; out of the blue, a young man named Michael Gibbons emailed me and asked me if I would be interested in a regular Wednesday gig. Gibbons is the owner of Jo Bar and Rotisserie, one of the best restaurants in Portland and a successful business for 20 years. I was flattered , and I decided to meet with Gibbons. After enticing me with green tea and sorbet, I had to agree to an engagement. We decided that Wednesdays 5-8 would be a great time to give it a try.
So there you have it. Our first gig is this evening. I want to feature different rhythm sections every week for a while; this week bassist Miranda Williams and drummer Jon Huteson will be joining me on the "bandstand." Come down and listen; if you are a musician, and you have your axe, I might let you sit in, if you bring me a Valentine's Day gift! See you at 715 NW 23rd Avenue (503