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Hiroshima gigs

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I had a busy weekend of gigs with Hiroshima, the grammy nominated jazz fusion band I play with.  On Friday we played at Anthology a fantastic new club in San Diego, on Saturday the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and Sunday we were in San Antonio for the annual Jazz’SAlive festival.  All the gigs were great, but my favorite was the Cerritos Center performance.  Terry Steele, Yvette Nii and Richie Gajate Garcie all joined Hiroshima for the performance.  As a percussionist it’s always fantastic to work with Gajate.  He’s one of the top Latin percussionist in the world and has worked with everybody and their mom.  His chops are scary and he is always coming up with great parts and suggestions and I really learn a lot every time I get a chance to play with him.

One of the best perks of working with an established band like Hiroshima (30 years in the recording industry) is the opportunity to play with old pros.  I mean “old” in the best possible way.  There are lots of people in this town who are great musicians and who have tons of chops and musical ability, but in music you really can’t replace experience.  It takes time to master an instrument, takes time to know when and what to play and even more time to know when not to play.  You can hear life experiences in every note people play and it’s humbling to play with artists who have 30 plus years of playing music at the highest level every time they pick up their instrument.

Next weekend I’m off to Annapolis, DC and Florida with the band, for more information on Hiroshima dates check the band’s website.

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