Showing posts from November, 2016


Saturday night, the Greg Lee Band opened for John Driskell Hopkins at The Vista Room. Better sax solos than the bullshit I played with Sazerac. I guess I made up for it with some questionable keyboard playing on this one.

My apologies that this isn't more exciting, but there are a couple of Yacht Rock shows that demand my attention:
1. Yacht Rock plays the Beatles this Friday night at Venkman's. We're using Justin Powell on trumpet for this, and so I'm busy sending him pdfs of everything he'll need.
2. The Yacht Rock Holiday Special is a week from Friday, and the powers that be want a horn section, so I'm massaging old arrangements to make sure they work and writing new ones for a couple of songs we're adding to our repertoire. Big fun.


Maaaaaan...I really needed this one to be awesome, and it was. Sazerac is a New Orleans inspired band made up mostly of Yacht Rock guys with a four piece horn section of Rob Opitz (trumpet, flugel), Richard Sherrington, (trombone), Gary Paulo (bari sax), and me. Damn! Super fun--this was a killer gig. My horn arrangements sounded great, if I do say so myself! Can't wait to do it again.

A couple of videos, courtesy of Jim Ramsdell!

Turkey Eve

We played two shows Wednesday night--an "unplugged" show and then a regular show, both of which featured a small mini-set of songs by Robbie Dupree. All in all, pretty good! By the end of the second show, the crowd had partied too hard, and we loaded out through a couple of puddles of vomit in the parking lot.

Set 1:

Set 2:

Where Are We?

Another weekend on the road with Yacht Rock, with stops in North Carolina and Washington DC.
Thursday: Our original schedule had us in Greensboro, NC for a show Thursday night, but as of Wednesday, no tickets had been sold, so the venue requested (and we gladly accepted) that we cancel the show. Greensboro hates us; it has always been this way.
Therefore, our trip to Washington DC became a regular old van ride up I-95, with lots of questionable food choices. This gas station hot dog was topped off with an evening meal at Hooters, which does not have vegetarian meal choices (as you might imagine).

Friday: We continued up the east coast. This day's lunch stop was at Saucy's BBQ in Petersburg, VA. Once again, not a healthy vegetarian meal to be found.

Getting into Washington took much longer than we had planned--the traffic was particularly devastating on a Friday afternoon before Thanksgiving. We were over and hour late, and the load in/set up/soundcheck was a sprint, particularl…

A Quickie in the Midwest

Last weekend, Yacht Rock played a couple of gigs in the midwest. Go!

Friday: We flew to Indianapolis to meet the gear. Being seated directly in front of the engines seemed like it would be horrible, but I was so tired that it didn't matter.

 So, Indiana in mid November...

Our gig for the evening was a banquet/benefit for the hospital in Columbus, Indiana (hometown of Pete and Nick).

The dinner was hospital food! Or maybe it was hotel food, so they brought us hospital food instead, but either way, it was pretty gross (and not vegetarian friendly), so I posted for a small salad and six bananas.

The evening was pretty easy--our two sets were shortened to one ninety minute set, and I don't think it even went a full hour and a half. Unfortunately, this one never gathered any energy on the dance floor or the stage. Pretty low wattage.

Saturday: We slept late and headed for Chicago at noon. The drive is four or five hours, and it feels like it takes all damn day. It certainly doesn'…


Back at it--Yacht Rock had a Friday night gig in Atlanta. This show was some sort of private event. Over by midnight, home before 1 AM. Ganesh on drums.


It's been an extremely slow year for the jazz part of my life--before this trio gig, my previous jazz gig had been a Dave and Dave brunch duo in March. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I accepted this gig, not only out of fear of what I might not be able to do, but also concern about what I might be putting Dave and Kevin through for a few hours!

Never fear! The gig turned out to be a wonderful experience--the playing was comfortable, and the hang was great. I miss nights like this.

Listen up!

Here's video of the first tune of the night:


Amazing fly date! Yacht Rock had a gig in Maui last weekend, and as usual, we had a great time, played only a little bit, slept a lot, flew a lot, and I took a bunch of pictures. Ready, set, go!
Friday: We boarded the plane from Atlanta to L.A. Friday afternoon, which actually wasn't too bad--I much prefer early afternoon to early morning. 

Kip was squeezed into his seat. That's a 6'8" dude in a regular size seat.

Our layover in Los Angeles was supposed to be around two hours, but our next airplane was late, so we stood at the gate for an extra hour.

We got on the plane, settled in, buckled up...and sat there. In a rush to turn the airplane around, the baggage handlers had begun packing the cargo hold without scanning the bag tags, so all the suitcases had to be taken out, scanned, and repacked.

Our flight landed approximately two hours late. Ouch! 10:30 PM in Hawaii is 4:30 AM according to our body clocks.

To make matters worse, they hotel shuttle was looking for thi…