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It's hard to believe that Q1 of 2015 is already behind us.
I set some pretty ambitious goals in January.
Here's where things stand today:
Practice Art Farmer improv method religiously.
I've been inconsistent in my practice. Will recommit.
Finish writing Jazz Noir material for 2016 recording.
Wrote 3 new charts. 2 are keepers. More to come.
Create and learn fresh DMG sets: 11 tunes, 2 original.
Pay health insurance first every month, no matter what.
So far, so good.
Walk or swim daily. Lose 5 pounds monthly, 60 by year-end.
On track: eating right and walking every day.
Down 16 pounds since the new year.
Increase number of workshops nationally from 54 to 100.
Way behind on this. Only 23 booked so far.
Redoubling my efforts.
Increase touring income by 20% while playing 20 fewer shows.
Fail. I'm working more but making less.
Net income YTD is 43% greater than in Q1 2014, but 40% short of goal,
and per gig average is only 88% of 2014 levels.
Bump per gig average by 5% and increase total net income by 27%.
Not looking good (see above). Need to improve these margins.
Eschew cynicism, laugh often and see the best in people.
They sure don't make it easy but I'm mostly grateful and happy.
When the time is right, get a dog!
PRE-ORDER SAGEBRUSH REBELLION
For Immediate Download & Free Shipping
I'm delighted to announce that my new album Sagebrush Rebellion is now available for pre-order here.
The album will be officially released August 9 (to iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, radio and retail) on the BluePort Jazz/Papillon Recordings label. We're staging CD Release Celebration shows in key markets around the country this fall.
In the meantime, for my friends and fans who pre-order now: you'll immediately receive an advance digital download of all tracks, plus free shipping throughout the continental US as soon as the CD arrives from the factory.
The CD features a terrific west coast rhythm section—Nick Manson, Justin Grinnell and Duncan Moore—and a great mix of music, including some new originals, classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorite songs by Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Nat Adderley.
Jim Merod, a close friend of my mentor Art Farmer and the director of BluePort Jazz, says, "This is one of my favorite recordings...I hope listeners enjoy the depth and delicacy of these songs crafted with Dmitri’s flugelhorn mastery."
I can't wait to hear what you think of our album. Here's the link.
Thanks for your continuing support!
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods?
I was honored to be among the musicians who participated: Ron Blake, Todd Coolman, Kenny Davis, Johnny Griffin, Jim Hall, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Joe Magnarelli, Wynton Marsalis, Dmitri Matheny, Lewis Nash, Jimmy Owens, Carline Ray, Rufus Reid, Ted Rosenthal, Don Sickler, Pete LaRoca Sims, Billy Taylor, Michael Weiss, Frank Wess and Joe Wilder.
We miss you, Art.