Posted by Rob Michael at Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Posted by Rob Michael at Sunday, February 21, 2010
Posted by Rob Michael at Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Often viewed as a "Jazz 101" kind of tune, Autumn Leaves has to be one of the most commonly played and recorded standards of the idiom. In terms of playing an entire set, this meeting was the first time Steve Uccello and I had played together and that is the perfect time to cherry-pick from the Standards repertoire. Based on the Cycle of 5th's, this tune is a remarkable vehicle for improvisation. Dig it!!
Posted by Rob Michael at Monday, February 08, 2010
Though I typically play these shows solo, yesterday, I had the good fortune to have Monterey-based bassist, Steve Uccello come to the studio to join me during my first Ustream concert of the year. Steve and I met via Twitter last year and together organized a wonderful house concert. It was super cool to play again. Look for more of these excerpts in the coming days.
Posted by Rob Michael at Saturday, February 06, 2010
My friend Jason Parker and I played a fun duo gig this past Friday at Addison Elementary School in Palo Alto. Jason is one of my valued connections that I've had the good fortune of making via twitter and his excellent blog. Having had many great online discussions, we decided to meet and play this gig together.
Jason went to school in this neighborhood as a youngster where he was turned-on to jazz and the trumpet by none other than Dizzy Gillespie some 35 years prior.
We, hopefully, brought that experience full-circle by playing some tunes and taking questions from the students. I was super-impressed with the attention that these kids gave to the music and the intelligence they displayed via their questions and observations. Kudos!!
Here is some of the music that we played just 10 minutes after meeting one another.
Posted by Rob Michael at Thursday, January 21, 2010