Month: May 2006

Picnic Fun

Picnic Fun

So yesterday I was up at 6:30am and I went to do a church gig until 12:15pm and then I headed off to Prospect Park to have our annual Memorial Weekend picnic. I can actually say “annual” because this is the fourth year we’ve done this and it’s turned out so great everytime. Lots of my friends and Chris’ friends came out and brought lots of yummy treats. I made turkey meatballs with coriander chutney and tabbouleh.

I love gathering friends together and sharing our happiness. It was a gorgeous day and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I was exhausted by the end of it. Of course the weekend wouldn’t be right without me seeing a movie after the picnic. Coincidently I’ve been doing that for the past two years now. Some of us went to see the X-Men movie later on that night. It was entertaining. I can’t say it was really good but I was definitely entertained.

Today was a lazy and enjoyable day. I took my dog out for a relaxing walk around the neighbourhood and then I had a big brunch with Chris and I watched an episode of one of my new favourite shows “Battle Star Galactica” (I confess, I love space shows and super heroes).

Later on in the afternoon, I had a session with my friend Peter and his friend, pianist Greg (don’t know Greg’s last name) and we did some free improv, a new original piece I wrote, a standard and some Robert Schumann (very deep). Later, Chris and I made some risotto, salmon and brocolini for Peter, Greg and ourselves…yuuummmm…

Overall, it was a great weekend. I won’t have another day off until June 17 (which I find disconcerting), but I know that the time off I did have, I spent wisely.

She Is King

She Is King

Last night I went to see my friend and musical hero Nancy King at the Jazz Standard. She was having her CD release from MaxJazz with pianist, Fred Hersch.

It was wonderful to see her and hear her sing. She has a magic that is really hard to find today. Nancy’s interpretive and improvisational skills are at a masterful level. I learn so much from her everytime I hear her perform.

I’ve been going out to see lots of shows these days and I feel deeply inspired by all, especially by this very special woman, the legendary Nancy.

Check This Out

Check This Out

So I told you that I just came back from Moncton, New Brunswick. Well I was with D.D. Jackson (he wrote the music to the jazz opera I was performing). While D.D. and I were in the Montreal airport, D.D. interviewed me for his podcast. If you would like to hear it click here. It is podcast #16. It’s cool, my first interview on the internet.

This is finally getting me motivated to put up my first podcast which I talk about with D.D. Check it out, it will be coming very soon!

It’s Been A While

It’s Been A While

I noticed that I haven’t made an entry in almost two months! Life just grabs you and takes you away from things sometimes.

I’m excited today because tonight Jacob Sacks and moi are having our regular monthly Restless Spirit Music Series and our special guest is drummer Matt Wilson. I’m totally psyched. I love hearing Matt play and I can’t wait to play with him.

I just got back from Moncton, New Brunswick performing at the Northrope-Frye Literary Festival. I indulged myself and had a very expensive meal at the hotel. The creme brulee was worth it.

I could easily write an epic entry but I will end now and hopefully I will get my act together and start writin’!

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