The First International Jazz Day

Participating in the first International Jazz Day festivities at the United Nations in New York City on April 30, 2012 was a marvelous and unique experience. This photo of yours truly was taken by bandmate, saxophonist and friend Peter Brainin at sound-check the day before. We both played in Bobby Sanabria‘s Quarteto Aché for the “Latin Jazz” segment of the evening. Candido Camero and Shiela E were featured artists with the quartet. The video of the entire show is quite inspirational.


It was a balmy night out and I was feeling thelonious. I hadn’t had any tatum in so long I could have bixed a choir girl.

But I wouldn’t have to. The moment I entered the Luboff Lounge, the babe with the giant eubies fixed me with a “come duke me’ look. She uncrossed her legs and I could see almost all the way to birdland. I felt a tingle in my tito puente, and with a smile, I had her.
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The Curse of the Bass Player (A Cautionary Tale)

In the beginning there was a bass. It was a Fender. Probably a Precision, but it could have been a Jazz… nobody knows for sure. Anyway, it was very old… definitely pre-C.B.S.

And God looked down upon it and saw that it was good. He saw that it was very good and could not be improved upon although men would later try.
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The Sideman’s By-Laws (A Guide to the Outside)

  1. Never recommend anyone who plays better than you.
  2. Always suck up (leaders, bartenders, bride and/or groom, management, etc.)
  3. If you don't know it, play harmony.
  4. Double book, then choose.
  5. Always assume the leader knows nothing.
  6. Always degrade types of music you can't play or know nothing about.
  7. Always bring your own cards, and solicit during breaks.

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