I traveled out to my home state of Wisconsin today. It’s always a nice feeling for me to be back in those parts, feeling comfortable and letting the cheese head in me have full sway. It’s also not a bad thing to get out and do some playing after another heavy week teaching at NYU. First off is two concerts with mi familia, Eddie Palmieri. Today we performed at the University Of Wisconsin – Madison, then tomorrow on to my home town of Milwaukee tomorrow to play at Alverno College, where I have many fond memories of hearing bands (most notably Maynard Ferguson’s a couple of times while I was in high school) during my years there. On the way out of Madison I’ll be stopping by the live broadcast of public radio’s “Whad’ya Know” with Michael Feldman to play a tune on the air with my old Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music schoolmate John Thulin, a regular on the show.
We had a great gig tonight; cats were certainly playing great and very creatively. We had a 2 1/2 van ride up to Madison from O’Hare, and we had some good jams going on the sound system courtesy of my old school IPod. Here was the playlist:
- Nat Adderley – Calling Out Loud (late 60s on A&M with Joe Zawinul – an early CTI production)
- Miles Davis – In A Silent Way
- Miles Davis – Jack Johnson
- Hank Crawford – More Soul
It’s great to listen to some great jams (going down memory lane to boot) and then play – sometimes it helps to bring that spirit!
Speaking of the Wisconsin Conservatory, I’ll be hanging around my beloved alma mater for a few days after the Palmieri gigs for the first of my stints as this year’s Artist In Residence for the WCM’s Jazz Institute program. I’ll be coaching the Jazz Institute students, performing and giving master classes with WCM’s faculty jazz ensemble “We Six”, and hanging out with some of my favorite people, like pianist (and WCM director of jazz studies) Mark Davis and my mentor, legendary saxophonist Berkeley Fudge.
Unsung Heroes News: The first review of the project has come in, courtesy of the excellent Elements Of Jazz website and reviewer Atane Ofiaja.You can read the complete review here: http://www.elementsofjazz.com/home/2010/11/3/music-review-brian-lynchs-unsung-heroes-project-volumes-1-an.html
And of course, if you’d like to check out Unsung Heroes for yourself, you can listen to and download all the music at: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com
OK, signing off – next stop Brewtown!