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.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.
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!