First Performance

Tonight, after months of practice, our combo, Project 6, will take the stage at Twins Jazz tonight at 9:30. In addition, two other combos from the Jazz Band Masterclass program will be performing, one at 7:30 and one at 8:30.

We will perform a set of seven songs. I have memorized the order of the songs, and what we plan to do with each one, fully realizing that this is jazz, and it’s subject to change. I keep telling myself to remember to breathe . . .both now and on stage. Breath support will play a major role as to whether I am on pitch or not.

I have also been thinking more about how the voice is another instrument in the combo. It’s not all about the vocalist, and it doesn’t need to be. I have told the group that if I ever start showing signs of diva, please, shoot me and put me out of my misery.

So what am I feeling at this point about my journey? A little nervous, very excited, and proud of this first milestone.

One Response to First Performance

  1. Playing with world class saxophonists Jeff Antoniuk and Wessell “Warm Daddy” Anderson was a blast and a life thrill last night.

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