In celebration of the birth of trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, I had the honor of playing in the horn section of Josh Duffee’s Graystone Monarchs at the Tribute to Bix festival in Racine, Wisconsin this afternoon. The band features the talented Andy Schumm on Cornet and members of the Fat Babies band are scattered throughout the personnel.
This past week I had the pleasure of joining the Chicago based Balkan brass band entertaining military families for a Halloween party at the White House. The band debuted a new orange and black costume designed by saxophonist Doug Abram.
If you are attending Moraine Valley Community College do not miss this opportunity to sign up for my music appreciation class. Take a helicopter tour of what the entire history of music has to offer in one semester! The next class I teach will be offered in March of 2014.
Chef Anthony Bourdain, Tim Tuten and singer Amanda Wolf are featured in this Chicago episode of the layover. Three of my favorite people! They chose to shoot some footage of a band I’ve been playing with at the club every Thursday for the past 6 years. See the band at 30:05.
I’m excited to open my studio up to a whole new batch of students this fall! If you or your son or daughter are interested studying please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition time.