Tour Takes us to Chicago, Ann Arbor

The last two days have seen us in Chicago – where we had a very welcome day off, and Ann Arbor, where we gave a clinic to two of the student combos.

Pharez Whitted visits with Ted and New Tricks

Pharez Whitted visits with Ted and New Tricks

The day in Chicago was a good day where Jazz Record Mart and the Green Mill were in our agenda. I visited with my childhood buddy, Jimmy Stella and Ted visited with Paul Levy, his friend for many years. In the evening we met Ted’s teacher from his days in Columbus, the renowned trumpeter, Pharez Whitted.

New Tricks with Geri Allen

Today, we drove to Ann Arbor where we gave a clinic to two student combos at the University of Michigan. I was surprised and honored to be introduced to the students by Geri Allen the acclaimed pianist. Pianist Ellen Rowe,  Bassist Marian Hayden and other esteemed members of the University of Michigan faculty were in attendance and were very pleased with the direction of the clinic. We were fortunate enough to have Geri join us for a tune at the end of the Clinic!

New Tricks with Ellen Rowe and Geri Allen

New Tricks with Ellen Rowe and Geri Allen

Ted and Marian

Ted with Marian Hayden

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