I just got back from visiting The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and I also performed at Andy’s Jazz Club there too. I’m telling you, the people in Chicago really like to have a good time. Sold out and happy crowd for a Thursday night. After my show ended I headed to the opening night at Legends to see the famed Buddy Guy for some real Cook County Blues. What an entertainer he is! Wearing a velvet coat and red patent boots he walked right out of the venue riffing the blues through the snowy Chicago street!
After Chicago, I headed to NYC to hear jazz – got to meet Lionel Loueke at The Jazz Standard. What a warm person he is. I stayed for 2 sets I was enjoying the music he played from his album, Karibou, and the cozy atmosphere of the club on a snowy January night. Also saw the Blue Train Revisited at Iridium, as well as Kurt Rosenwinkel and Aaron Parks at the Village Vanguard which I enjoyed. I also found time for the Broadway show, Billy Elliot – Elton John wrote the music for that, but I didn’t find that either the show or music was particularly inspiring – especially considering how expensive theatre tix are now.
I will be playing in SF this Saturday night the 17th – two shows at Biscuits and Blues in Union Square. Hope you can come by. btw, the outlook on “Sunny Day Theory”, our latest release, is turning out to be excellent – still on two radio charts and fan interest appears to be growing. How nice! After the SF show, I’ve got to buckle down on new music – hopefully recording in April again.