June, 2017

Though I only had a few gigs booked in May, it felt good to have several days between trips for relaxing. All the sets at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage were enjoyable, and so were the gigs at the Palm Court and the Bombay Club. It was a real treat to work with Floyd Domino, Emily Gimble, David Jellema, Jamey Cummins and Ryan Gould at Central Market-Westgate in Austin and of course I always relish the opportunity to play at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head – especially with a lineup that included Duke Heitger, Tim Laughlin and Kris Tokarski!

This month I will attend the Kansas City Southern Railroad Historical Society convention in Kansas City, MO. I have been a member of KCSHS for a long time, but have never been able to make any of their conventions because of my work schedule. Fortunately, this year I had the dates available. While in the area I plan to visit the Pony Express Museum and Jesse James Home in St. Joseph; the James Farm in Kearney; the Harry Truman Museum in Independence and the KC Rail Experience at the Kansas City Union Station.

On the 15th I will play with the Brooks Prumo Orchestra, for the Austin Swing Syndicate Dance at "The Fed." That will be a good warmup for the BPO recording session on June 18! That will be my first recording with a big band, and I am a little apprehensive. However, Brooks' orchestra includes some of the best musicians in town, so I will do my best to rise to the occasion!

Chris Clifton's All-Stars

Brooks Prumo
Credit: Rolando Almaraz Jr.

When I return home, I will have surgery on my left shoulder on June 27. The torn rotator cuff from my accident last November did not heal as my doctor thought it would. Hopefully, having the tear stitched together will alleviate the pain and weakness in my left shoulder and arm that I have been dealing with for the last six months. My doctor thinks that I will be able to drum again within two or three weeks after the surgery. But just to be sure, I have blocked out six weeks of recovery time between the surgery and my next gig (the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, with Swing Central, in Davenport Aug. 3-5). Wish me luck. I sure don't want to play the BixFest with my arm in a sling!

I have some good reading material, DVDs and projects to work on while recovering. And I am sure that the Heckle and Jeckle of the Feline World will provide healing therapy.


Thanks for stopping by my site. I would be happy to see any and all of you in Kansas City, Austin (and Davenport, in a couple of months)!

Best to all,