Yesterday was a momentous day as I finished up my classroom teaching for the 2009-10 school year. I gave the exam for my Improvisation class, and did the end of semester recording session with my NYU Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble. The session went great; we were very successful working in the new studio facility at NYU’s Steinhardt Education Building. This studio is a state of the art facility graced by a most skilled and knowledgeable teacher, Paul Geluso, who supervised our session. Far and away it was the best sound we’ve ever had from a NYU facility; totally competitive with a top NYC professional facility. The students played great, along with special guest Zaccai Curis on piano. We did some of my arrangements of Miles Davis classics (“Solar”, “Flamenco Sketches”, “So What”) in Latin-jazz style. I’m looking forward to getting some of these tracks mixed and up on this blog so you can hear how talented these young players are.
Now grades will be posted, a couple more final lessons given when I return from the road in a couple of weeks, and then teaching hiatus! (at least until the next workshop or camp; I think I have a couple of each slotted this summer). We should be hearing soon about the rescheduling of the NYU Ensemble’s Latvia tour, possibly for the end of August.
Thanks to all my students and the faculty at NYU for a rewarding and fun year!