After coming back to Houston, I’ve been hanging out with my kids a lot, going to the pool almost every day. The last week of June, I was on the jazz faculty for the American Festival for the Arts. AFA is a high-school camp that goes over several weeks. It’s mostly orchestral, but they have one week of jazz each year.
We had lots of fun, great kids and a killer faculty under the direction of sax-player Warren Sneed. The rest of the faculty was Pamela York piano, Dennis Dotson trumpet, Woody Witt sax, Mike Wheeler guitar, David Craig bass and Sebastian Whittaker drums. That’s the kind of camp I wanted to go to as a kid! We ended the week with a concert in Zilka Hall at the Hobby Center. The bands were kicking, and we had a blast.
I also taught trombone master classes at the Austin High School in Sugarland for one week in August. The kids were great, very appreciative, and we had a good time doing both fundamentals, classical and jazz playing. On August 22 we had a concert/live CD recording at the Lakewood church with Israel Houghton, Cindy Cruse, the band and the choir. It should be a kicking gospel album, to be released in November together with the new book by Joel Osteen.
The Houston Ballet season starts with rehearsals late August. I’m also playing a jazz concert September 2 with Barrie Lee Hall, great trumpet player and musical director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
That’s it for now, more to follow.