Stumbling across this ridiculous photo today (31 years later), I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for GRANT WOLF, who somehow was able to see past the silly clothes and cocky attitude, and steer this kid onto the right path to a beautiful life in music. Wolf was an inspiring teacher and was one of the first adults to take my jazz aspirations seriously. His encouragement was profoundly important to me at a critical time in my development. I wish he were here so I could thank him.
It's that time of year! When I file away the holiday music, deposit my seasonal gig income, realize that I once again didn't make enough to buy Christmas presents, and decide to count my blessings anyway.
It's been a busy week, traveling to LA and back for 5 concerts, a radio interview, recording session and master class, but the highlight was playing Jazz Santa Claus to the most musically enthusiastic Girl Scout troop in Arizona. Appearance fee: 2 boxes of Thin Mints. Sassy gets 10% commission for booking the gig.
Arizona friends, come hear the Dmitri Matheny Group—featuring Andrew Gross, Nick Manson, T-Bone Sistrunk and John Lewis—at Theater Works: Peoria Center for the Performing Arts on October 30. A fresh spin on classic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Join us!
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms, Strong and content I travel the open road. —From Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman