It was a great weekend of music at Pete Miller’s in Evanston, IL.Â The Northwestern University campus and Evanston are in some ways unchanged and some ways very different.Â Ten years ago it seemed like I had hundreds of friends and colleagues in and around the area.Â Walking along there nowadays seemed like the ground had swallowed up and digested that universe with new people and businesses playing their roles in the recognizable Evanston facade, only to perhaps find the same result in 2022.
2022 sounds so futuristic, doesn’t it?Â In remarking about the ease of having a pet cat versus a dog, my friend mentioned that the task is even easier since the litter box is cleaned by a robotic ‘litter’ dispenser.Â It seems like not nearly enough sentences are ended with “by the robot” for a year as futuristic sounding as 2012.Â Perhaps this is a sign that I’m getting old…
Anyways, I digress.Â The band at Pete Miller’s was smokin’ – thanks to the wonderful players Peter Stoltzman, Larry Gray, Joel Spencer, Brent Jordan, and Larry Kohut.Â The band also received a great show preview & review of Falling Up from esteemed jazz critic Neil Tesser.
Tomorrow the band is headed down to Chattanooga for a show at the Barking Legs Theater where we’ll play a tribute to Art Blakey’s Moanin’.Â We’ll also be doing an in-studio performance at the Chattanooga NPR affiliate WUTC at 3:15 EST which you can stream on their website.Â Then on Saturday I’ll be at F Scott’s for my first appearance there as a bandleader.
Hope to see you out there.