I was able to take it easy for much of the month; going for physical therapy treatments and doing the prescribed exercises at home. I did make one trip to New Orleans, for a gig with Banu Gibson at City Park. Banu was in tip-top form, had the audience in the palm of her hand, and her hand-picked band was a lot of fun to work with: David Boeddinghaus (piano); Larry Scala (guitar); Nobu Ozaki (bass); and Rex Gregory (reeds).
Performing with Banu Gibson in City Park.
Originally, I was booked to play three engagements with Dave Bennett and the Memphis Speed Kings in September. However, my surgeon advised "light duty" for several more weeks. I will not be with Dave, Gino and Joe in Penticton, Old Forge and Medford but I hope to have my full strength back so that I can work with the group on future gigs.
In other news, guitarist Brooks Prumo is just about to send his new Orchestra CD to the manufacturer. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful big band and can't wait for the CD to be released!
I will sign off now, leaving you with photos of Mittens and Alex and their new favorite place to relax: the box that held my cheap tennis shoes! These cats - so easily amused!
Thanks for stopping by,