Just heard with much sadness of the sudden passing of Tim Barella. I hadn’t played in Tim’s band for a while, but I’ll remember him with great fondness and warmth. As my friend Cam said, ‘..every time a chart comes up with the number ’88′ that accents rings loud!”. Thanks for the good times Tim and the great blows.
Looks like the site had a problem during a routine wp update. Might be time for a refresh methinks! Please bear with me while the site is updated. (if there’s anyone out there) :-)
So – I’m 40 (cue dramatic music) on Friday – time to get my finger out!! Playing is going really well – although gigs are few & far between just now – isn’t it always the way? I guess I’ll just need to get off my arse, get out there and try to generate some work for myself! Going to have a look at Creative Scotland to see if I can apply for some funding to get my solo stuff off the ground (again). Here’s hoping I don’t get too bogged down & disillusioned this time! They seem to make it as difficult and as obtuse a process as possible to try & get some funds.
I”m also contacting Jim New @ kanstul to make a custom mouthpiece for me. I’m really happy playing a Shew Lead, but feel the rim could be a bit less rounded. The piece I’ve got has a 4.5mm throat which equates to a #16!! It plays really well – the high notes really pop out, although the actual tone production is harder work. I’ve asked him for a piece based on a Yamaha Shew Lead, but with a less rounded rim, slightly shallower and on a Monette STC-2 style blank. Here’s hoping it won’t be a fortune!
I’m also contemplating taking a lesson or two with trumpet legend Bobby Shew – I’m very interested in his breathing concepts & whole ‘take’ on playing trumpet. :-)
Was creative last night for the first time in a looong time! Nice to mess about in logic again…
Just in from the last gig of the tour with SNJO and Peter Erskine. Wow – what a week it’s been. It’s been an absolute privilege to share a stage with these world class musicians playing charts by some arrangers who are at the top of their profession. I’m truly humbled by the experience.
Here’s wee clip of ‘Teen Town’ recorded at the Queens Hall on Friday night.
Well -just updated the gallery page -
Got some audio from New Year as well, which is sounding pretty ok! – I’ll stick some tracks on shortly.
Well – finally got around to recording some audio with the new Flugel. I’m well impressed! If you get a chance, have a look at Eastman’s site. Chris, who runs the company is great to deal with!