Long Layover in the Seattle Airport
POSTED: January 31, 2006

I’m sitting in Sea-Tac airport on a five hour layover on my way to Copenhagen, so I thought I’d get caught up with y’all…

…it’s been an interesting winter so far. I’ve spent a fair bit of time at home with my family, doing some skiing and relaxing. The trio and I did spend a week performing in London at the “new improved” Pizza on the Park. It seemed a lot like the old one, but we had some lovely audiences and it was interesting spending some time in Knightsbridge, rather than Soho (where the other jazz club is…). I think we prefer Soho! The food’s cheaper and it’s little less posh. We’re not posh… Nice hotel, though. The Millennium in Sloane Street. Give it a try.

Then we spent a few nights at the Blue Note in Milan. It’s a really gorgeous, big club. Great food, surprisingly responsive audiences. Because of the language barrier, I expected them to go more for the swingers and up-tempo numbers. Instead they went for the ballads, the more romantic the better. It was a gas… a very nice return to Italy after being away for over a decade.

Then home for Christmas and New Years. Did a lot of skiing and went to a lot of holiday parties. I’m still hung over…

On January 13 we played a set in NYC at the International Association of Jazz Educators’ annual conference. It’s basically THE yearly jazz music biz convention in the world. It’s always a lot of fun. We all saw some old friends, made some new ones, and heard a lot of music, nearly all of it good. And we had a nice show of our own. The fine jazz singer and all-around good felluh (and saxophonist!) Kevin Mahogany introduced us, which was a nice surprise and honor. Thanks Kevin. He’ll be out on the road soon with Red Holloway, and he’ll be playing sax again, after years of leaving it at home. While in New York we headed up to Albany for a concert at WAMC, who will broadcast the concert soon. Check out their website for details: http://www.wamc.org

Now, Keith Hall (drums) is touring Eastern Europe and Russia (keithhallmusic.com), and Matthew Fries (piano) and Phil Palombi (bass) are playing regular (and irregular!) gigs around NYC… (matthewfries.com & philpalombi.com)

Next up: Copenhagen for a televised tribute concert to the late Danish bass genius Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. I’ll sing one of his compositions and host the show. Some amazing musicians will be along for the ride, including Tootie Heath, Ed Thigpen, Tania Maria, Tain Watts, Chris Potter and Minh Doky and many more. It will air in Denmark in February.

Then, I’m off to London for most of February to appear on a BBC TV series called Just The Two Of Us… Stay tuned for more info about that. It should be a laugh, hopefully not at my expense…

Until next time…
Curtis