Hey Everyone!! Once again i've been a bad boy and haven't put a blog out in over a year!!! Forgive me once more.....i hate when i go to people's site and not see updated stuff....now i'm doing the same!!! Ughhh! Shame on me!!
Well anyway here's a review of last year! ;0)
Aaron Goldberg Trio
My longest existing musical relationship is with two of my closest friends....Eric Harland and Aaron Goldberg.
It's been a pleasure to wk with these guys for the past 12 years.....so easy, so fluid to wk with them. And believe it or not we all still get along!!! :)
We started the year out playing at the now defunct (IAJE(International Association of Jazz Educators)Convention in Toronto Canada. It was coooold but fun to play there....sad that the convention is no more...it was a great place to catch up with old friends and meet new people. Hopefully it'll be revived somehow.
After that we went into the Jazz standard in NYC with special guest saxophonist Mark Turner. Wow that boy is baaaaaad!
As of this blog creation Marks recovering from a severe hand injury....i hear he's healing well though. We miss u bro!!
Later that month i played in St.Barths with my man John Ellis and crew... What a beautiful island!! We had a blast being the only Jazz group in a classical music fest!! Such great Hospitality!! Thanks Jill(and mom)!!
Right after that i hopped over to my homeland St.Thomas and did yet another benefit for the United Way...this time with all my homies Ron Blake, Dion Parson, Rashaun Ross and a host of others with the 21st Century band. Besides raising money for the orginization we paid homage to one of our mentors Jon Lucien. Man that was a blast!! We miss u Jon!! Thanks To Raymond ,Cherise and the whole United Way for bringing us hm!!
I spent this month touring with the great trumpeter Chris Botti. It was a fun couple weeks..especially linking with my old buddies Mark Whitfield and Peter Martin. The hang on and off stage was great. We even went back to St.Thomas!!
This month i started back up with Joshua Redman's Trio....the drum chair swapped between Brian Blade and Greg Hutchinson.
Going back to Hawaii was a blast....went whale watching for the first time... Loved it! Also saw a live active Volcano!!!
Yes i am living da life.....:)
The end of the month we went into the world renown Village Vanguard in NYC before recording Josh's next project called Compass which involved Brian Blade and Greg hutchinson on Drums plus Larry Grenadier and myself on Bass. Wow...what a great experience!! We all played together on half of the album!!! Yall gotta check it out!!!
To finish off the Month i had a great west coast run with my Charles Lloyd Fam.....i tell u...this group is growing with every Performance! Proud to say the last album we did(Rabo de Nube) was Jazztimes album of the year!! Check it out!!!!
Back in Dianne reeves camp for the month of Apr.....we did a 3 week European run. It was great to play with my old college buddy Antonio Sanchez who subbed for Greg Hutch on this run. He's gotta a new record out called Migration...check it out.
To end the month i did a rare "Reuben Rogers" group gig in Sacramento California. Always weird to get back in that "leaders" saddle once you've been away from it for awhile. It was a blast though....thanks Kendrick, John and Danny and of course Ken for hooking it up!!
Finally got back to the New Orleans Jazz fest!!!! Hadn't played there since before Katrina.....it was so good to get back. Such a greay energy from that city!! I love it!!
Played there with Dianne Reeves...once again she had the crowd in the palm of her hands.
After that we headed to the St.Lucia jazzfest where i did double duty with Dianne and my old Berklee buddy saxophonist Jacque-Schwartz Bart. He mixes jazz with music from his native land Guadeloupe......very lovely and original.
Next i got to do some gigs with my buddy Taylor Eigsti along with Eric Harland and Julian Lage.....man i love playing with those guys!!! We did some east and West Coast dates.....thanks to all who came out to celebrate Tay's new CD Let it come to you....check it out!!
Ahhhh...Summer. I love this time of year!! What a great way to start it but with some great wine and Jazz!!
Started the month off playing with the Charles Lloyd Quartet with special guest Zakir Hussain at the Healsdsburg California Jazzfest in the Wine country ......what a blast!!
After that i headed to Australia with the Aaron Goldberg trio with Gregory Hutchinson on drums....it was good to play with my old Joshua Redman bandmates again....thanks Ingrid for hooking up such a great tour once more!!!
After finishing some late Jun.Canadian and East coast dates i headed to Europe with the Charles Lloyd Group once more....always a treat to do the Summer festivals every July.....get to eat great food, run across old friends and play great music in great weather!! What a life indeed.....
I had the oppurtunity to tour and record with some new friends this month....Italian Saxaphonist's Daniele Scannapieco and Max Ionata along with my old friend Clarence Penn on drums.....we had a blast every night playing(and eating :)
At the end of the tour we went into the studio and recorded a cd called Tenor Legacy...Look out for it!!
Later that month i also got a chance to do a great gig in Haarlem Netherlands with the Dutch Pianist Peter Beets who i had the pleasure of recording with a year before!! That boy is a monster!! Check him out!!
At the end of the month I went back to the Johannesburgh Jazz fest in South Africa with the Joshua Redman trio.....i learned sooo much about South African history first hand. Thanks Pat!!!
After the fest i visited Capetown for a few days......all i have to say is....WOW.......Such a great city!! Wonderful natural beauty!!! And so much to do and experience!! I recommend....
Back in the Dianne Reeves Camp we started our Asian Tour in Taipei Taiwan.....we almost didnt make it because of the huge typhoon that hit the city the day before we arrived! It all worked out in the end.....Next stop was Japan.....We played the Billboard live venues which were formally Blue note venues(except for Tokyo which still has a blue note club).
The Japanese sure know how to run a tight ship!! A bit rigid at times but always together....much appreciated here...:)
After stops in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo....we headed to Korea to finish out the tour.
I have alot of my shirts made in Seoul.....yes tailor made shirts for a fraction of the price you'd get them in the states!! Don't hate!!!!! :)
Thanks Hamilton Shirts!!!!
I got to do another rare gig with my trio at the the Duane Library at Fordham University in Bronx NY.....such a great turnout!! Thanks to all who came out!! Special Thanks to Danny and Hutch!! Sorry for my sad playing!! :(
This month i also got a chance to record with a great friend and one of my favorite young tenor sax players Jimmy Greene. I know Jimmy from my Boston days when i was fresh outta St.Thomas.
Once more he put together a stellar cast of musicians...Eric Harland on Drums and Xavier Davis on Piano along with the great Lage Lund on guitar. The Cd is called Mission Statement....check it out!
Once again i was on the road with the Joshua Redman Trio this time with Brian Blade on drums for one half of the tour then Eric Harland the other half! Maaaaan it was a blast. Playing in this pianoless trio setting has become my favorite most challenging, fullfilling musical experiences of my career. Kicks my butt everynight!!! Wow...thanks fellas.
Well...i ended the year the way i started it....with my best friends and musical compadres....E and A with the Aaron Goldberg Trio.
We had a blast for a week in Switzerland.....visited some cities i had never been to. It wasn't to cold and we didnt have to wake up early any of the days(the worst thing about traveling)!!! Yeeees! The Swiss now how to eat by the way. :)
Thanks for hooking up such a great tour Rog!!
After Switzerland we spent a week in Italy doing a 7 city tour. It's unbelievable how much people like jazz in Italy!!! When ever we would pull up to these town/venues my first thought was always.....are people gonna be at the gig in such a small town? Sure enough everytime it was packed!!!!! Thanks for the great tour Toti!! (Despite your crazy driving ) :0)
Well thats it folks.....i'm months late with this so maybe i'll stop with the year reviews and do a periodic blog.....of course if i dont...forgive me again!!! :)