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Hotel in Moncalieri, part two - La Luna Eclipse! - November 18, 2006

Okay, now I'm in the room. Not bad. Put the bags down, hang up my suit for tonight, put a light on and... hold it. No lights. I try all the switches by the lights and even go back into the entrance way to see if one of the three buttons is the master switch. In less than six minutes, I have more combinations than a Rubik's cube. And none of them work. Back down the stairs I go. Well at least this time, I'm not carring my luggage, shoulder bag, stick bag and cymbal case. On the way down, I see one of the housekeeping staff. Okay chief, act it out. Because the few words you know in Italian will not win this woman's heart. But they will probably get you slapped.

As we enter into the dance of "I don't know how to say this", I point to the light in the hall and show her my room key to indicate what room I'm in (Again, saying the wrong thing and offering a woman your room key could produce unexpected and painful results.). She says, "Ah, la luna?" Close enough. She takes me over to a room she is cleaning, and shows me that there is a slot by the inside of the door. The room keys, with a plastic card attached to them are plugged into the slot. I go up and find the slot in my room, and place the plastic card in the slot. Bingo! The place lights up like a casino! Even the phone rings! Actually, it's Peter, the bassist, who says, "We're waiting for you". I know, but Edison was up here discovering electricity. I'll be right down.

Next installment: All soaped up, and no where to go.

Hotel in Moncalieri, part one - check in, check it out! - November 18, 2006

The plane ride is short and pleasant. We get to the hotel, and we get our rooms. I'm down the hall from Sarah, Jean-Noel and Peter. We'll meet for lunch in about 20 minutes, so I go up to drop off my bags. When I get to my room, there is a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door. Talk about catering to your every need! Except I'm not in there...yet. But someone is. So, I knock on the door. No answer. Knock again, no answer. It must be okay, I mean, I have the key. I open the door, and the lights are on. What gets my attention is the bathroom door is open, and the lights are on. I don't know if anyone was in there, I didn't stick around to find out! So my first drumming was to beat a hasty retreat back downstairs to the front desk. So if you look at the pictures I shot from the window of the room, I am now located on the third floor.

Next installment: La Luna Eclipse!

A special note of thanks - June 15, 2006

I just wanted to thank everyone who came out to the CD release party at The Jazz Galllery on June 13. It was a very special night for me and everyone who attended made it that much more special. A lot of people helped to pull this off. So, in addition to the great musicians (Bob Himmelberger and Tim Ferguson), I'd also like to extend my thanks to the following: Sharon Jackson (personal assistant, transportation coordinator, refreshment supervision, chaos intervention); Charlene Hooper (reception and design); Michelle Greenwood (promotional distribution); Michael Hooper (beverage director, keeper of the office door); Dena Florczyk (photography); Mr. Jeffery Muhammad (wardrobe consultant); Dale Fitzgerald and the staff of The Jazz Gallery for all their help.

Very special thank you: Lezlie Harrison.

"Don't Sleep On Your Dreams" reviewed on All About Jazz - May 9, 2006

Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan, I'm pleased to share this article about the release with you.

Guest Hosting on WBGO, May 3 - April 27, 2006

I'll be the guest host on Midday Jazz with Rhonda Hamilton on May 3, 2006 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Tune in to WBGO, 88.3 FM to hear me play selections from my personal record collection (I'll be spinning some vinyl as well as CD's). I'll also be pleying a selection from my new CD, "Don't Sleep On Your Dreams" . Tune in to hear a little of everything, from traditional to the avant garde!
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