Delighted to hear from John at Del Mar that we'll be back this summer on Wednesday nights. I went out to visit and enjoy the lamb pizza (amazing -- if you like lamb, order it!)
I can't say enough good things about John Zartarian and the crew at Del Mar. Suffice to say I look forward to another great summer next year. Thanks also to the Chatham Town Band for hiring us to play their end-of-summer bash at Del Mar. It's great to be appreciated. Thanks to Bruce Abbott and Fred Boyle for making time in their busy schedules, along with Pat Ryan, Alan Clinger and Chris Taylor for filling in so ably.
We are getting ready for another season playing at Del Mar in Chatham, where we will be performing on Wednesdays. The trio will again feature Bruce Abbott on flute and saxophones and Fred Boyle on keyboards, with special guests Alan Clinger and Pat Ryan on guitar on a few dates.
The trio was very well received last year, and we're happy we'll be back on board at Del Mar, where John Zartarian, Maria Pollio and their amazing crew -- the best bartenders and waitstaff ever -- will be once again hosting with the mostest.
In other news, Wequassett Resort has receieved a fourth star, and I'm looking forward to some dates playing seaside there overlooking Pleasant Bay at sunset.
Now and then I get called to do some freelance work, and few calls makes me happier than the ones I get from Steve Gregory and Eileen Fendler of Two Cool
I'll have the chance to play some great dance music -- pop, soul, Latin and more -- with Two Cool with His Groovesomeness Mike Dunford on drums on Friday, March 20, from 6-9 at the Squire in Chatham. The Squire of course, is a landmark in downtown Chatham. It will be a FUN TIME!
We had a great time playing for the owners of the Surfcomber in Yarmouth yesterday. It's always a pleasure to play for an appreciative audience, and that much more so on a pleasant day by the sea, with plenty of oysters on hand. The Surfcomber itself is splendidly kept up - if you're looking for a place to stay in Yarmouth, with an ocean view and great hospitality, you should check it out.
We had a great summer, playing regularly at Del Mar in Chatham, with gigs at the Cape Cod Mall and Wequasset Resort, too. Now, it's back to school for me, and hopefully, some gigs here and there to be fit into a busy schedule.
It was great to play with Fred Fried last Saturday night at Longshore Restaurant in Chatham; I consider it a privilege to accompany him. If you're in the mood to hear him, he will be appearing at Longshore every Thursday night from 6 to 9, and he's well worth hearing when he plays solo. Fred on his 8-string guitar rivals most pianists on 88-key instruments!
Of course I'll be performing on Saturdays -- this coming month the roster looks like this:
April 19: Pat Ryan
April 26: Gary Gross
May 3: Pat Ryan
May 10: Fred Fried
May 17, 21, and 28: Binney Stone
I'm looking forward to a performance with guitarist Gary Gross this Valentine's Day at Longshore Restaurant in Chatham, from 6-9 pm. Gary and I have played several times together now, and I really like his style -- he has a wonderful tone on the guitar and lots of fresh ideas!
Sadly, Brian O'Keefe has closed 323 North, and we will not be playing there each Saturday night as we have for almost a year. We hope to see some of our regular listeners soon, and wish Brian the best as he moves on.
We will, of course, be looking for a similar situation, as we have enjoyed playing before such appreciative audiences at 323 North. When we have lined something up, we'll let you know!
My former musical partner and former student, Jackson Crockett is in the rotation. I'm very pleased to welcome him back, and also happy that he will begin formal music studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston beginning in January. Listeners will, I think, be pleased and surprised to hear such a mature musical voice from such a young player.
I am starting to introduce some pop tunes to our repertoire, a switch from our usual sets of jazz tunes and Great American Standards -- some Beatles and Van Morrison tunes on the flute, for instance. Someone requested a Chuck Mangione tune last night, which we were unable to perform on such short notice. If you have any pop tunes you'd like us to include, however, please put your suggestions in a comment, and we'll see if we can work them in!