Wednesday, April 29, 2009


It's that time (already)! A couple of April days in the '90s(!) reinforce that winter is long gone. The humidity that characterizes the summertime in this region was largely absent, so it wasn't that uncomfortable. This year I didn't wait until our yard was a jungle to begin the grass cutting (but we weren't far off) :)
Had great fun this past weekend, including a double (gig) on Saturday. Played themed and background music, in the morning, for Chestertown's Mutt Strutt: a Kent County Humane Society fundraiser. If you were there, you'll understand that the gig boiled down to "follow the bouncing Courtney" :) That evening, worked for (outstanding saxophonist) Dave Schiff at the Commonwealth Awards event at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington Delaware. 2 contrasting gigs, if there ever were :) This gig was the first time playing with a full rhythm section (or a bass player at all) since last playing with the Midiri band in October! Fun to see and work with Bill Stumm again. Speaking of fun, I think Dave enjoyed himself (as I did):
"Hi Joe: Thank you !!!! for your fantastic playing (as usual). You make the gigs so much fun and such a wonderful musical experience. Your playing really inspires me. I can't wait for the next gig we have together."
Cool! :)

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