Herbie Hancock Tribute Pairs Two Giant Albums

NOTE:  THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MAY 3 DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK

Maiden Voyage and Head Hunters.  Both giant jazz albums.  Both by Herbie Hancock.  And both are the focus of this month's classic jazz series presented…

What Chet Baker's Voice Has To Do With Skiing

If there were leaves on the trees right now, 2 of them would have been turned over for me this past week.  And despite the usual bumps and bruises of trying something new, it was a good week of growth…

Thank You Vinyl Groov! It's Been A Great Ride

I walked into a stranger's garage in the fall of 2011, to rehearse with a band for an upcoming, "once-and-done" gig at the Whitaker Center in nearby Harrisburg.  It was just going to be that one rehearsal and that…

I've Been Working On The Railroad

Trains have long been associated with Christmas.  And although I'm not a model train collector, I do get plenty of "train time" during the holidays by working as a brass caroler at the Strasburg Railroad.  Each weekend I post similar…

The Four Stages Of Teaching

Warning:  this article is jaded and negative with heavy doses of resentment and burnout.  

Further Warning: ignoring it may lead to your own heavy dose of resentment and burnout.  


The "Journey" Begins  

Today, everything is a "journey".  It's irritating.  There…

Remembering Kenny Peterson

Toddy Waddy!  Not a nickname I would have picked for myself, but that's how Kenny greeted me every time I came into rehearsal, usually followed by a hug or fist bump.  He said it with such joy and warmth that…

Nursing Homes, Nazis & A Polka Band

Everybody has a story.  One of the things I like best about playing music is meeting people and hearing some of their stories.  Even better than that, is when the music we play invokes a story so meaningful to the…

Gary Miller- Reflections On A Great Man

Everybody has energy that washes all over us every time we’re around them.  We can’t help it.  Some people bring us up, others bring us down- whether we’re doing it consciously or not.  Gary Miller was one of those people…

Why I Quit Teaching

It’s 9:30am on a Thursday morning in September.  I’m sitting at home, at my dining room table, writing and giving my dog too many treats.  It feels great but not quite normal.  Normal for me at this time of day…

It Wasn't Europe But It Was Still Good

Is it ok to be jealous of your kids? I hope so. This summer my daughter Ally spent 6 weeks studying in Spain. After classes, my wife flew over to meet her and they spent the next 2 weeks traveling…