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  • Root grooves

    Posted on May 27th, 2009

    For the last 8 days Jeff "The Jedi Master" Jones and I have mixed a DVD/CD of our quintet performing the music of Ray Charles with blues harmonica specialist Mickey Raphael, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.   Keep reading »

  • Live where you live

    Posted on May 18th, 2009

    Engineer, producer, sound doctor extraordinaire Jeff “The Jedi Master” Jones and I were up ‘till 4 in the morning mixing the DVD and CD of the concert we did with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.   Keep reading »

  • Swinging with kids at Essentially Ellington 2009

    Posted on May 11th, 2009

    Essentially Ellington is always the highlight of my year. 15 Big Bands of youngsters from all over the country swinging. The kids this year were very socially conscious and the level of musicianship extremely high.   Keep reading »

  • Recording session with Ken Burns

    Posted on May 6th, 2009

    There was everything from hymns to traditional new orleans music to new original compositions to salvation army style brass chorales to Stephen Foster songs.   Keep reading »

  • The New Orleans Suite and the cats (2nd day in NOLA)

    Posted on April 26th, 2009

    We played the New Orleans suite of Duke Ellington yesterday. The jazz tent was full and people were touched by the elegance , insight and depth of duke's vision. There were so many highlights.   Keep reading »

  • Congo Square and jam sessions (first day in NOLA)

    Posted on April 25th, 2009

    We performed Congo Square in the hot hot sun. 2hrs and 20 minutes straight through. The cats were playing with intensity and Odadaa was inspired and bedecked in traditional ghanian garb.   Keep reading »

  • Seven Rungs of Resistance

    Posted on April 11th, 2009

    There are 7 basic rungs of resistance up the ladder of artistic success. I will start from the lowest rung to the highest. Click on the title to read all.   Keep reading »

  • Welcome to my new website!

    Posted on May 1st, 2007

    In 2002, the Wynton Marsalis fan club was started by my great friend and fellow trumpeter Luigi Beverelli. It was a labor of love. Luigi was just doing his thing. At that time i didn’t even know how to turn a computer on! Now with Luigi’s encouragement I will have much more participation with you through this site.   Keep reading »

  • Ed Bradley was a great American

    Posted on November 10th, 2006

    Ed Bradley was a great American, one of our definitive cultural figures, a man of unsurpassed curiosity, intelligence, dignity and heart. We of course are shocked and experiencing that unspeakable grief that always attends the finality of the death of a loved one. We have lost a trusted friend and mentor. Our nation has lost a voice of integrity and wisdom. We love him and miss him and it will always be that way.   Keep reading »