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Journal 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017 / Austin, TX

Had a nice jam session with Richard Mikel and Daniel Dufour today - we've got a gig coming up in Houston with Woody Witt in February that's going to be a lot of fun. Quartets are so easy! I'm done with quintets and sextets for a while - it's a whole lot of work and getting people together is a total pain in the ass, especially for a sextet. I forgot to take pictures of the session but next time......Here's a few picks of what I've been up to for the past year or so.

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River Chuck/Boston

Wildlife museum/Vermont

Bartholomew Park/Austin

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NLand Surf Park/Austin

Boarding passes/Tube of Gloom

South Street Cafe/Vermont

Sunday, January 15, 2017 / Austin, TX

Getting ready to start traveling again on Tuesday. Boston for BTOT (Berklee Teachers on Teaching) for a few hours Wednesday then renting a car to drive to Vermont to visit my mom. Been organizing my studio space in Austin and began a new term of Berklee Online so have been grading assignments and also have a couple of online private students. Austin Community College and UT/Austin teaching supposed to begin next week but I'll have to do makeups since I'll be away about for 8 days. I'm still finding it hard to believe 2016 is over. It was a landmark year - totally fucked up in so many ways but I learned a lot about myself and what is important.There were many late nights (pretty much every night) that I was surprised by the fact that I made it through another impossible day. My mantra was "man up, mother fucker." One minute I might feel like I was indestructible and the next like I couldn't possibly handle one more catastrophe. But throughout everything one absolute necessity for me was music. At the end of the day, no matter how exhausted I might be, playing the guitar let me forget all the bad stuff and it gave me the will to face one more endless....fucking....day.

I'm not complaining here about the unfairness of life, I'm saying that I hadn't realized how lucky I had been and continue to be.

Going through my pictures and found a few that were interesting.

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Jeremy Stratton @ Grassroots Jazz Effort (St. Marks/NYC)

8th Ave. apartment Brooklyn early 90's

JFK from A Train - 2 hour trip to Brooklyn house

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