May 15, 2019

The Redwood Coast Music Festival was literally incredible; so many great musicians and friends, and probably the best music performed at a festival in many years!  I was fortunate to play with some outstanding groups:

Pappy and Junior Western Swing All Stars May 10 2019

Pappy and Junior's Western Swing All - Stars with Elana James

The Jazz Guitars May 12 2019

The Jazz Guitars

OTL Morris Graves May 2019
On The Levee Jazz Band

I also played with Dan Walton and the Jump Swing Imperials, Swing Central and groups led by Jonathan Doyle and Jacob Zimmerman.  All the sets were a blast!

Tomorrow I head for Chicago, and engagements with Paul Asaro and his Rhythm; the Swell Sisters; and the Chicago Cellar Boys.  As the great New Orleans clarinetist Orange Kellin would say, “Can’t WAIT!”

After the Chicago trip I will be back in one of my favorite places — Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — for concerts at the Jazz Corner with Duke Heitger, Tim Laughlin and Kris Tokarski.

I will finish out the month of may in New Orleans: Concerts at Twilight in City Park with Banu Gibson and the Bombay Club with vocalist Meryl Zimmerman, Kris on piano and bassist Nobu Ozaki.  I can hardly believe that I was able to play so much good music in just one month — !!!

The cats are just getting used to my being home, but it will be another month before I have more than a couple days to hang out with them.

Alex chillin


Tuxedo Lap Cat

(I will try to find some special toys and treats for them, to make up for my continued absence in May).


— Hal