I was playing the next night with Ginger Baker
My wife and I spent a marvellous five days in Ascona switzerland (near Italy) with Lillian Boutte and her band.
It was a fantastic time and good music all day and half the night. A jam session ends each night at a hotel in the middle of the festival area.
There was plenty of sunshine and good food, fantastic views around the lake, beautiful boats and water birds.
I’m playing in St. Petersburg tonight with my guest Fred Wesley.. After sound check today, we went had some nice sushi for lunch. Fred had to run back to the airport to pick up his daughter and a bag that was lost yesterday when he arrived.
We’ll look through the list of songs I’ve suggested and make an order, an hour or two before the show.
We’re looking forward to the gig, it’s the first serious outing in two months. A rest is good, but there comes a time when it’s really time to get back on the case.
So, with Gareth Williams, Laurence Cottle, Guido May, Tony Remy, and Fred Wesley, me and my Yamaha tenor will be in good company to return to serious live (in your face) music for 2012… Looking forward to an exciting year…
Gary Winters trumpet, Pee Wee Ellis tenor sax, Maceo Parker alto sax, Chad Bernstien trombone…