Coming Up for Air

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It’s nice to have a little time to kick my feet up today and do some writing. Pearl and I have been extra busy these past few weeks with make-up lessons, rehearsals, performances and some major projects. Right now is the first time I’ve had to just relax and let you all know what’s been going on lately.

Vintage Trumpet Treasures

Well, the good news is that the CD has arrived and we are almost ready to sell it. My only concern was that the master would somehow not meet the duplicator’s standards and the investment would have been wasted on a CD that didn’t actually work. I specifically wanted this CD to have ISRC codes and track info on the disk. To make that work, this duplicator requires you to send a master disk through the mail (as opposed to uploading the tracks online). But they have disclaimers all over the website that say if we use the wrong software to create the master, or if there’s anything wrong with it at all, then they would print the CDs anyway and we would not be allowed to return the product if it was flawed. So yeah, I was hoping I got it right – and I did. So that’s good news.

The only thing I have left to do is register the IRSC codes with the database online. I’ve never done that before, so that will be a new experience. Actually, almost all of it has been a new experience. Good thing I love to learn new stuff! 🙂

For now, the CD is not available yet. We are waiting for the upgrades to the online store to be complete. That’s what I will be spending most of today working on. I will teach a little, and I do need to practice a little more than what I’ve done already, but most of the day will need to be spent working on getting the upgrade finished.

Kelly Dean Gig

I had a great time working with Kelly Dean’s band over the weekend. The horn section was me, Noe Marmolejo on trumpet, Warren Sneed on tenor and a trombone player named Mark who I met for the first time that night. It was great hanging out with those guys again. The rhythm section was Vernin Daniels on drums, Mike Morrison on bass, Gilbert Sideño on keys and John Calderon on guitar. We also had Tommie Lee Bradley on vocals.

Kelly’s is one of those bands that can do the jazz stuff right, at the start of the gig, but then has no difficulty switching gears and rocking out towards the end of the gig. It’s perfect for wedding receptions and other similar parties.

Looking Ahead

This week I’ll be playing a few gigs over the weekend (nothing public) and as I said earlier, the top priority is getting the online store upgraded. I am hoping to squeeze in a trip north to visit with Dennis Dotson for a little bit. So between those things and teaching all the students, it looks like we will be very busy again.

Looking beyond this week, there is something new I’ll be doing with the students starting the second week of June. Once a month I will be scheduling outings with my adult students. I want to introduce them to the world of jam sessions and I decided the best way to do that is to schedule an evening to sit in someplace and invite them out. They don’t have to sit in, but this is a wonderful opportunity for them to see how it all works and then ask questions about it later in their lessons. It is my hope that they will eventually want to sit in. When that happens, I would like them to be ready.

Well, that’s all for now. I have a few other posts scheduled (most of my blog posts are scheduled so that they are staggered across the week) for the next few days. I’m still working on getting ahead but it has been slow going with all the other irons we have in the fire.

Be blessed everyone!

Thanks for reading.

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