Obviously to any one who has checked in on our site to see the progress of the California tour has seen that we have not been as motivated to update our tour blog. I guess we have been so into experiencing California that we have let it slide. So as I fly back to Jersey here is my attempt at recapping the last several fantastic weeks. Please excuse the quality of some of the pics, most were taken with Shawn’s phone.
I flew into Los Angeles picked up a rental van and drove up to the Bay area where I met Shawn and Mike in Concord at Shawn’s mothers. We spent several hours having dinner with Shawn’s mother Juaneta than headed out for the evening. We went to Berkeley to check out some music at Jupiter. Afterwards we went in to S.F. for a jam session in the mission district at a club called Amnesia.
with trumpeter Mike Olmos.
The session was run by guitarist Mike Abraham, drummer Eric Garland, trumpet player Erik Jacobson, . . . → Read More: California Tour Recap
The more this band grows the more I realize how special of a musical and personal situation New Tricks is. The more we play the more our friendships deepen and the musical depths we are able to explore open up wider and wider. The experience of touring for 5 weeks with a group of friends that happen to play music together has been one of the greatest of my life. The level of communication and trust in this band is something that I think few musicians have the chance to experience.
As we have toured we have had the opportunity to meet and get to know each other’s families. This has been particularly rewarding. Being able to share music we are all so proud of with the people we care about the most has been very satisfying. It is not only important for me to share this with my own family as I was able to do on our mid-west tour, it is equally as important to me that the other members of the band have that same opportunity. Its also interesting to me that all of our families who have varied backgrounds and are from various parts of . . . → Read More: California Tour Thank you- It’s not about the music its about the people!
Here are some pics from the clinic we did at Oak Lawn High school where my good friend Paul Levy is the band director.
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Students from St. Charles East and St. Charles West High School
We woke up in St. Charles on Tuesday and headed out to Oaklawn High School where Ted’s friend Paul Levy is band director. We gave a nice clinic for the students and Paul sat in with us and sounded beautiful. It was the first time I had heard him. Then we packed up and headed out to St. Charles East High School where we were hosted by my old friends, Jim Kull and Gil Wukitsch. We gave the clinic for a combined class of St. Charles East and St. Charles North Students. Jim Stombres brought students from North and helped host the event. We had a quick dinner and then played our concert at the Norris Arts Center which is on the St. Charles East High School campus. It was a very good concert. We met some new students and fans and had a great time hanging out in St. Charles.
We did a morning clinic and evening concert for the outstanding band program at West High School in Iowa City. The Band directors Rich Medd and Rob Medd do an outstanding job there. Mike conducted a saxophone master class and Kellen coached a combo in the afternoon. We were treated wonderfully and hand a great performance in their auditorium. Later that evening we met with some of Mike’s great friends in Iowa City including John Rapson, Brett Sandy and Steve Grismore.
Iowa City day off
The next day we were treated to our first true off day on the tour. We were able to take advantage of beautiful weather and check out the campus of Iowa University. We taught some lessons in the afternoon to some enthusiastic students back at West High School. That evening, John Rapson, the director of the University of Iowa Jazz department treated us to dinner at his house. The food was great and the company was even better. Mike had been telling us all along how much . . . → Read More: Catchup Blog Iowa/Chicago by Ted
Shawn with his new barber in Galesburg Illinois
Day 7 – Friday:
We had a fairly relaxing day in Galesburg. We had a great lunch with our wonderful host, Nikki Malley at the Landmark Restaurant. Then we gave a clinic at Knox College. This was one of our best clinics. The guys in the band are really contributing to the clinics and letting me relax a bit. After the clinic we hung around Galesburg, got haircuts (for $11!). Then we drove to Macomb where Mike Stryker and John Cooper from Western Illinois University hosted us for the weekend. Mike is an old buddy and it was great to spend a couple of days with him.
Day 8 – Macomb
with Mike Stryker from Western Illinois University after a great day of clinics.
We went out to breakfast before our very early masterclass at WIU. It was a true masterclass . . . → Read More: Road Notes Days 7-10
New Tricks visits the beautiful Ashtabula harbor.
Back home at Cecil’s Jazz club.
Shellen doin’ their thing!
After the gig.