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Montreal OFF Jazz Festival!

It’s been a long time since I posted on my blog! I admit, I had a bad case of social media burnout after my Indiegogo campaign. But I’m back, although this first post is mostly self-promotion.

A lot has happened since May. I finished my album and launched it with a small tour, I graduated from the MLIS program at McGill, I toured on the west coast for a couple weeks and then had a vacation – and, I had a kid!

I promise I will talk more about being a dad in the future. But in the meantime I’ll just say that I feel lucky to live in a place where paternity leave is available for a freelance musician, it makes an amazing difference. I just wish I could have more time!

But now after a spending an amazing month at home with baby Suki, it’s back to work – and I’m diving right in to a crazy first week (I hope my chops can handle it). Here’s this week’s schedule:

Wednesday: Jason Rosenblatt​ Quartet at the OFF Festival

Thursday: Joel Kerr Quartet + 1 at the OFF Festival 

Friday: Vertige en 4 temps

Sunday: Warhol Dervish + Out Of Sight Of Land 

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Fifth blog post

Greetings from Bangor, Maine!  It’s been a while since I posted anything; today’s been my first chance to write in a long time.

This semester has been crazy: 3 classes with heavier than usual workloads, a part time job, plus gigs and rehearsals most nights of the week. I made it through, but I feel like I could sleep for a week. I haven’t even had a chance to relax since the semester finished, because I left for tour with Shtreiml the day after my last assignment was handed in.

I only have one semester left in my MLIS degree, and even though I’ve enjoyed the program overall, and learned tons, I’m really looking forward to finishing, for many reasons. Here are a few:

Top 5 things I’m looking forward to after finishing my MLIS degree:

  1. No longer hemorrhaging money.
  2. Having time to write music and practice.
  3. Being able to socialize with friends.
  4. Getting a library job, allowing me to finally pay off some of the dauntingly large debt I’ve accumulated over the last few years.
  5. Getting active again and hopefully rid of some (or all) of the extra weight I’ve put on over the course of the degree.

Thinking a little more short term, I’m really looking forward to having a couple weeks off between this tour and the start of the next semester. I really want to spend some quiet time at home and with friends, relaxing, watching movies, reading, and cooking.

But first, there are a few dates left in my calendar, including this tour: tonight in Bangor, tomorrow in Boston, Monday off in NYC, and Tuesday night in NYC.  After that, the Key-Lites are playing a Christmas party at the Calistoga Grill on the West Island on the 19th, and I’m playing with the Jason Rosenblatt Quartet at Upstairs on the 21st.