326: Teaching day.  I’ve had a great time teaching Jazz Theory and Improvisation this semester.  Every time I teach this course, it gets a little better, and the students learn a little more.  Learning how to play this music, though, does require more outside practicing in addition to the two-hour-a-week class.  I’ve said this before, but I’ll belabor the point.  If you’re reading this, class, stop reading it and go play through a few ii-V-I licks!

327:  Awesome first night with the Mike Jellick Trio at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe, MI.  Mike and Jesse sounded great, and I’m really excited for this week’s run, and next week’s with the same trio plus Alex Graham.  Thanks to Gretchen Valade, Tom Robinson, Mark J., Kira, and all the other folks for coming out.

Bonus!  Check out a clip of The Mike Jellick Trio playing “Poinciana.”  This is from a demo we recently recorded with Kira Frabotta.  Come see us play tonight at the Dirty Dog!

321:  Hanging with Jenine and my parents in Ithaca.  Then Jenine and I drove to Tim’s in Watertown and had a nice night out for Italian and cocktails.  Performances?  That’s a stretch.

322:  Driving home from Watertown in what we thought was going to be a terrible snow storm.  Glad that did not happen.  Also played at the London Chop House with Scotty, Scott K., and Paul King.  Man, that place is nice!

323:  Shave and a haircut…

324:  Teaching in the evening.  Looking forward to more work with this “grad” group.

325:  Practicing!  And meetings and business.

I’ve got forty more days of the blog to write.  It has not been entirely successful, but I’m glad I’ve kept track of these things in my life.  I wish I had put up more audio files and other things.  I’ll try to do this from now until the end.

313- Northern Lights.

314- Miles Brown Trio at Vinology.

315- Scott Gwinnell Trio at The London Chop House with Ramona Collins.

316- Warren Symphony Orchestra rehearsal.

317- WSO concert.

318- Practiced a little.  Not much doing today.

319- Recording with Mike Jellick, Kesse Kramer, and Kira Frabotta.  Some nice music on this short demo.

320- no “performing” today, just keeping up with clerical stuff.  Yawn.