and as you can see from this clip, the 2009 Blind Boone Festival in Columbia, MO really had its moments. There are technical problems here, especially sound, but you get the idea. Vernel Bagneris is out front here, with me on clarinet, Morten Larsen on piano, Hal Smith on drums, and Marty Eggers on tuba. You also see Terry Waldo at the second piano.  You should have been there.   

 
 

I've been holding off posting anything on the Blind Boone festival I mentioned on 5/28.  There should be some youTube links up very soon, and I'll include them in my full report.  For now, here's a teaser:  Morten Gunnar Larsen playing Jelly Roll Morton's Shreveport Stomp at the same festival in 2006.  Again, stay tuned .. . . .  

 

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    Scenes from Florida, 2/24-3/6.Backstage: a pensive Hal Smith, Marty Eggers retrofitting rented bass, Topsy Chapman puzzling. Post-concert: the trio, Topsy with daughters Jolynda and Yolanda.  Next day: gardenia, Sanibel sunset. 

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    Last week I hit the road for a gig in Missouri.  It was an 8-hour drive.  Here's a look at the glamorous side of the music racket, starting with the morning vitamins.  

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