Denmark in July
Sitting in my hotel room in wonderful wonderful Copenhagen recuperating after three great nights at the Copenhagen Jazz House with my band. Over the three nights we played/previewed all the songs from my upcoming new release, which will be titled (you heard it here first!) “Lost In Dreams,” and it felt great to go out on a limb and play a bunch of new material. The audiences responded very enthusiastically to it all, which is a relief and very exciting.
We’re here in Copenhagen for the jazz festival, which I can highly recommend if you ever get the chance to attend. The whole city becomes a big jazz concert for ten days. There are stages everywhere and nearly all the restaurants, bars and coffee houses feature live jazz at some point during the day or night. It’s amazing. Copenhagen is a jazz town, a music town. I’ve seen some friends while I’ve been here. The great Danish bassist (and dear old friend of mine) Christian Mihn Doky and his lovely and charming wife Tanja caught a show and hung around for a drink or two, as did my friend from Idaho, Luke Studebaker, who’s visiting Copenhagen from Yale University, where he’s studying architecture.
The band and I had a big thrill on the last night of the run when our friend and hero, the legendary jazz drummer Ed Thigpen walked into the green room before the show.
We’ve known Ed for a few years now (he once even made us lunch at his apartment; I washed his dishes!) and he often comes out to hear what we’re up to. It’s a little daunting to have his presence in the audience, but ultimately very inspiring and flattering. We’re lucky to have become such good friends with one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz. He’s just a lovely human being.
We’ve got a couple days off here in Copenhagen and then we fly to London for four nights at Ronnie Scott’s in London July 15-18. Summertime and the livin’ is easy…