Tag Archive: 11/4

Our second sextet rehearsal was yesterday, this one was more challenging due to the reading of my new tune, “Gratitude.” Modal and mixed meter, it had some editing issues that… are best to come out in rehearsal and not on the bandstand! A little cleaning up of the way it is barred and it will be good.

We also dusted off “Busted” and “Latin Goes Ska, Goes Swing.” “Waiting for the End” is always a challenge and it’s sounding really good. We also rehearsed “I Should Care.” The tune is a laid-back swing that goes into double time. I wrote the arrangement background figures so they would work at double time too. Note to self: don’t count it off too fast on Sunday! Here’s the full track of “I Should Care” featuring Dennis Dotson.

The band is sounding great! Big thanks to Daleton Lee who subbed for Richard Cholakian.

5 days til the show!

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See you there 😉


Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

I return to the BCAF at Memorial Park in Houston with my sextet and also Melissa Darragh as a special guest.

So very stoked, am I.

The band rehearsed at our home on Monday and it went super well. I’m particularly excited that my mixed meter tune “Waiting For the End” sounded good in real life, not just on Finale. We also worked “Busted” which is a song I’ve wanted to do live for years. We are also doing some of the numbers of my first CD, “Hey There,” “Regret,” and “Dream Boxes.”

My Billy Joel rearrangement of “Just the Way You Are (except with different changes and no bridge)” should also please the non-jazz inteligencia. Perhaps we’ll please the inteligencia also… after all my group is:

Andre Hayward -trombone
Seth Paynter – tenor
Erin Wright – guitar
Henry A. Darragh – vocals/keys
Glen Ackerman – bass
Marcie Chapa – drums

Oh, I created a Facebook event, so of we are Facebook friends, consider peeping that for the info. Otherwise, I’ll all links and the like. Like linkeys later 🙂

Have a great day and weekend but don’t forget, SUNDAY, SUNNDAY, SUUUUNDAY.