The ballet starts the Nutcracker at Thanksgiving, going all the way to New Year’s. That’s a lot of shows; I and John McCroskey split it in half, which was a really good thing! Still, it’s a fun show to play, and I really enjoy playing with the other guys in the section, Mike Warny and Rick Reeves.
I still do my regular Sunday jazz brunch with the guitarist Mike Nase, and also play at the Lakewood church most Wednesday nights. Need to keep up my jazz chops!
May 18 I went to Nashville with the Lakewood Church band for an event called “An evening with Joel Osteen”. 17 000 people came to the arena to hear Joel speak, and Israel Houghton and Cindy Cruse were the featured singers. Since then, I’ve been playing some Wednesday night services at the Lakewood Church, but I’m still doing my regular Saturday night 6 pm service at the Second Baptist church, and the Sunday jazz brunch at the Mariott Westchase Hotel, with guitar player Mike Nase and bassist Steve Brown.