June 22-July 1: Intensive Jazz Workshop

Title: June 22-July 1: Intensive Jazz Workshop
Location: American Festival for the Arts
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Description: AFA’s Intensive Jazz Workshop offers performance opportunities in large and small ensembles, courses in jazz theory and history, instruction in arranging, composing and improvisation as well as master classes on all instruments. Students study and rehearse a wide range of jazz literature and a broad diversity of jazz styles. The program culminates with performances at venues around the city.
Start Date: 2009-06-22
End Date: 2009-07-01

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Cabaret!

I think it’s safe to say I’ve now reached the pinnacle of my career: I get to play with the Kit Kat Klub band! I like playing trombone by itself, but getting to do it in women’s clothes and doubling on tuba just adds a whole new dimension to being a musician. And the rest of the guys in the band, now I know what sisterhood feels like!

Kit Kat Klub Band in drag

When I saw myself in the mirror I realized I look like a mix of my mom and Björn Borg (my mom’s never been much of a tennis player though). I did wish for a bigger cup-size, hoping to make my wife jealous. As it is she’ll just laugh at me, you just can’t have everything in life…

This production of the musical Cabaret is in Houston’s Hobby Center with TUTS, Theater Under The Stars. The orchestra in this production totals 11 musicians, with five of us onstage acting as the club band, that’s why we’re in drag. (The other guys are of course very envious, and I probably have to report a couple of them for sexual harassment after grabbing my tits). I’ve always liked this show, great (very tragic) story, great music and fun to play.

Thomas and his tuba

I own this old King Bb tuba that I play dixie-gigs on from time to time (it has to stay in the garage, not trained to stay inside). Luckily the tuba part in Cabaret is pretty basic, I do the “um”, the rest of the band “pa”, if it was more complicated I’d be in trouble!

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New console, Swedish summer, big boat

We’re in the process of wrapping up the recording part of my CD, then it’s on to mixing and mastering. I went over to Tierra Studio a couple of weeks ago to check out the new mixing console, a Solid State from England, priced like a nice medium sized house!

p1040200

In my ignorance I didn’t think I would be able to tell the difference from the old console, but when Glenn played me some tracks from my CD, I couldn’t believe the difference in sound, amazing! There’s a clarity, depth and detail that just wasn’t there before. Glenn Wheeler and Bob Linder, the engineer and producer, are really excited to get the chance to mix the album on this new console, and I couldn’t agree more.

I came back to Sweden a few days ago to get some vacation time with my family. The first couple of days were spectacular, mid-80s, not a cloud in the sky, absolutely gorgeous. Then real Swedish summer hit, mid-50s, rain and northern winds! The meatballs are still spectacular, though!

mayanqueen

My jaw dropped when I was out walking in Stockholm the other day. In the water by the Royal Dramatic Theatre was the biggest yacht I’ve ever seen, the Mayan Queen. It’s like seeing another city block parked in the water, all the other boats, including passanger ferrys, looked like little toy canoes! I did a little googling and found out that it was built in Germany in 2008, is 92 meters long (over 300 ft) and is owned by a Mexican mining billionaire. It’s the 17th largest superyacht in the world. I haven’t placed an order quite yet, have to talk it over with my wife first…

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Moose March

Performed by Peoria Jazz Band, from the CD “Going Home”

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