Saturday, July 12, 2008

A new venue for the pianomatic this year: the Mammoth Performing Arts Center: a nice little theater venue, and a wonderful Kawai grand. When I have this opportunity (which is not every festival), it is the highlight for me. Likely, there will always be a portion of my energies spent on working as a sideman/in a rhythm section. It is as a soloist , however, that provides, for me, the optimal range of expression. This is not true for everybody - when joining Jazz at the Philharmonic, Oscar Peterson was expected to perform solo, while he wanted a rhythm section. They "settled" for a duo with (bassist) Ray Brown. Different strokes... All the sets (including this one) have gone well. Got reasonable video from the piano set. Will get some posts up in a week or two.


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