Friday, March 1, 2002

Truly An Exciting Experience

Hi there .....

Thank you for checking in. And I'd like to very sincerely thank those of you who have written in to wish me luck and good wishes on the Grammys. It was truly an exciting experience, and as I said last time - one that I got to share with my Mom and two sisters along with the Concord folks. We had a blast! I also got to meet Bonnie Raitt which was a thrill for me, as I've been a big fan for a long time. She was very gracious and sweet. I also got hang out some at the Grammy party with Charlie Haden. Congratulations to him on his Grammy win!

Of course, I would LOVE to have taken that grammy home with me for ALL of us - but as I also said before, it was an honor just to be in the running with Shirley Horn, Mose Allison, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves — wow!. Sending your good thoughts and wishes meant a lot to me - thank you again.

Our new 'record' now looks to be out in July! It's another gratifying project for me, still in the process...the musicians sound WONDERFUL (Mulgrew Miller, Danny Embrey, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash).

Our week at Catalina's was a very good one - Joe LaBarbera and Tom Warrington - my West Coast dudes with my 'right hand man' Danny Embrey. Also added two greats on the weekend: Bill Cunliffe and Bob Sheppard. Enjoyed Rochester with Danny and Clay Jenkins. (And thanks to Jason Crane for the interview on WGMC-FM - 90.1 in Rochester.) William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ) with James Williams, Danny and Mark Helias was another wonderful gig.

Planning many good concerts for this year, stay tuned and check the schedule often for frequent updates. Thanks for LISTENING...