Austin Jazz Project

I just finished teaching at The Austin Jazz Project, a one week jazz camp for high school musicians from the Austin area.  We had a great group of kids and they really worked hard all week.  It’s no wonder they completely knocked it out of the park at the concert on Friday night!  Our song list included Take the A Train, I Can’t Get Started, Norwegian Wood, Red ClayOld Lady Walk a Mile and a Half (a traditional calypso), and Clifford Brown’s Blues Walk.  The camp focuses heavily on improvisation and the concert included a lot of great soloists thanks to a great staff: Dr. Shane Pitsch (brass), Ponder East (woodwinds, piano), Aaron Lack (all things percussive) and I covered guitar and bass.  I’m already looking forward to next year.