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  • BIG 12

    Posted on July 31st, 2009

    It is a week ago from this past Monday morning; we are recording at the Conservatorium de Musica Jesus Guridi in the Aula Magna Isaac Albeniz. Several years ago, I did a big trumpet master class in this same room with about 30 trumpeters of all ages from 6 to 67. The Jedi has been here all last night setting up the space. We are desperate to sound good because we all know this is a golden period for the band, and we want to be documented sounding our best.   Keep reading »

  • Dato Street Fiesta

    Posted on July 27th, 2009

    Last week I received the gold medal of Vitoria. Iñaki told me to make sure I was on time for the ceremony.  I was.  For all the honors I have received, I'm always embarrassed by any official type of public recognition. When I was younger I would clown during the reading of the citation. Now, I just stand uncomfortably there. At one point I wanted to just not accept any awards, but my mentor Albert Murray said, "The ritualistic giving of awards allows a community to come together in celebration of what is significant for them. The ceremony itself, its reenactment, places present day heroes in the context of past heroism and says, 'our values still resonate in the present' which gives confidence for the future." I now accept awards graciously. The last time I had an official ceremony in Vitoria, a female journalist informed me that my pants were unzipped. That was 6 years ago and I still remember it. It's hard to quietly zip up your pants at a public ceremony.   Keep reading »

  • Mendizorrotza Swing!

    Posted on July 26th, 2009

    The Mendizorrotza is packed and steaming tonight. We play with a lot of passion, and everyone wants to rise to the occasion even though my lack of planning has hurt us. But as the hours pass, chops, heat, concentration, lack of preparation and fatigue begin to congregate.  Not good. It's like the game of chess, when you see bishops and knights congregating around your king, Hmmmmm…   Keep reading »

  • Iñaki’s Decision

    Posted on July 26th, 2009

    We left Valencia at 7:30am. We are on the road again—- 5 hours from the east cost to the Basque region in the north, to Vitoria. On the way, we stop at a roadside cafe in Teruel. Local families everywhere with kids running all around. Having fun, then too much fun, then crying, then having fun crying. Teruel is on a eastern mesa in the middle of nowhere. To honor its obscure location, Spaniards have a popular saying that the town later adopted as a slogan, "Teruel Exists". In Valencia, the temperature was 22°C. Two hours later in Teruel——11°C.   Keep reading »

  • Vamping in Valencia

    Posted on July 25th, 2009

    The renowned and brilliant architect Calatrava is from Valencia. He designed a cultural complex and science center which is an iconic masterpiece. The “City of the Arts and Sciences” is the modern architectural jewel of Valencia and that artist's spectacular tribute to his hometown. This complex is on the "Paseo de Artes y Ciencias" which runs along side a magnificent, flowing 10 km park, the "Jardin del Turia".   Keep reading »

  • Sailboat in the Moonlight

    Posted on July 25th, 2009

    ””Whew! It was 4:43 in the morning and Irene has the wheel. We were driving through France on our way to London.   Keep reading »

  • Salut i força al canut

    Posted on July 17th, 2009

    We unhappily leave Perugia at 1or 2 in the morning surrounded by revelry (the kind that makes you stay long past the prudent time of departure).  Fernando drives all through the night, and Irene and I sleep. We awaken at the French/Italian border and get a good Italian coffee (around 6 in the morning). I groggily pull out my notebooks and start working on my symphony, and Fernando and Irene speak about something in Spanish (she wants him to give up the wheel which he declines to do).   Keep reading »

  • Perugia IS romance

    Posted on July 16th, 2009

    On Tuesday we played the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italia. This music festival, which features musicians of all genres, just pours out of the city the way the city's medieval buildings unpredictably jut out of the mountain side. Perugia is perched above the shimmering moon- lit Valle di Assisi and, twisting and turning with the knotty terrain, has many hidden places eager to be discovered. Perugia IS romance. People all over the city holding hands and participating in the spring serenade will make you love sick or hungry. Great food——made sure to get some tagliatelle with truffles and so on…..We have the morning off and cats go to check out the always swinging Joe Locke.   Keep reading »

  • Flamenco, Food, Fado and Friends

    Posted on July 14th, 2009

    ””Chucho Valdéz, Mariza and Wynton Marsalis (photo: Frank Stewart)Fernando and I drive into Rotterdam for the North Sea Jazz festival.  We stop at Susanna Tadjab's house for a beautiful lunch. She and Remon live in Poortugaal, a suburb. I see a picture of me with Rose, Susan's daughter, when she was about 8.  Maybe 10 years ago or 8. We talk about the economy of the world and Indonesia (Susan is Indonesian).   Keep reading »

  • Harmony through Conflict

    Posted on July 13th, 2009

    I applaud the fire and strong sentiments of this response. The gene pool of ideas is enriched when a diversity of perspectives is encouraged. I try to address as many comments as I can by emailing youdirectly and will continue to do this but, this one time, I wish to publish a long detailed response to demonstrate how I tend to look at differences of opinion. My hope is to communicate, not to attack ordenigrate.  I won't go back and forth just because I don't have the time and my phone typing is very under developed.    Keep reading »