After a great visit to the Northeast, I walked out of Austin Bergstrom Airport into a wall of hot humid air and knew I was home. Back into the whirlwind of music, I had a bunch of cool gigs in rapid succession: The Kickbutt Jazz Jam, Jazz & Sushi in the wilds of Cedar Park, hot and heavy African grooves with Zoumountchie over at the Sahara Lounge, Sunday morning jazz at the Unitarian Universalist, more jazz with singer Divy Nelson at the Brass House, Blues & more at Elysium (a benefit for a very cool cause – Swan Songs), and the beat goes on.
On the teaching front, I have welcomed some new students into the fold. I have some new tortures to share with them, in addition to the old favorites (like breaking them on the wheel, otherwise known as practicing the Circle of Fifths), so it will be an interesting fall. I’m thinking of handing out mouse ears for them to wear, while I don a white lab coat. It’s all in the interest of science!
In the midst of all these weekly musical machinations, I’m gearing up for the Wobeon Festival in September, the Texas Jazz Jam Cruise in October, the return of amazing Indian vocalist Sandhya Sanjana in December, and finally ending the year with another big Festivus Celebration (date and location to be determined soon).
Maybe, if time permits, I’ll make it to Barton Springs before the year is over!