notes from up north

Back from Calgary and Saskatoon, Canada, and what a trip it was!!  It was so great to see old friends and meet new ones.  In Calgary we dove into the music of Miles Davis from the 1970’s, which had us exploring tunes like Sivad and Black Satin.  I was playing rhodes and used some electronics to create certain textures from a Line 6.

We then drove up to the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in Saskatoon, where we opened for Medeski Martin and Wood, and John Scofield. Incidentally, along the way you see some amazing things.  There is a big wide open sky and at times you can see the snow capped Canadian Rockies, fields as far as the eye can see of bright yellow, canola plants, a road that winds down below these hills they call the Badlands, which is where they have found a whole bunch of dinosaurs (which are now in the natural history museum in nyc).

Big fun at the jam sessions also, where the students of the jazz intensive, threw down and made some great music through the week.  It was great to jam with members of Maceo Parker’s group, Galactic, and others.

Saskatoon, special place.


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