Having fun with Lillian Boutte and the band… lead by Denny Ilett on guitar…

Ascona Jazz Festival

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.

PW

Still Black, Still Proud Band
November 24th 2011 St Paul, Minn
Thanksgiving

Still Black, Still Proud Band

November 24th 2011 St Paul, Minn

Thanksgiving

This is my latest adventure.. The Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion… 
The band’s first gig was a world premier at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London…
It was a great two nights. People that were wondering if Ginger could still play, saw him do two sets two nights running and quickly cleared that up.
Also, some were wondering what the band sounded like with just Drums, African hand drums,
bass, and saxophone… They came to see, they all left happy and satisfied that this was a unit to watch.
Ginger Baker drums, Alec Dankworth bass, Abass Dodoo African hand drums, Pee Wee Ellis tenor saxophone…  April 28 / 29 2012

This is my latest adventure.. The Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion… 

The band’s first gig was a world premier at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London…

It was a great two nights. People that were wondering if Ginger could still play, saw him do two sets two nights running and quickly cleared that up.

Also, some were wondering what the band sounded like with just Drums, African hand drums,

bass, and saxophone… They came to see, they all left happy and satisfied that this was a unit to watch.

Ginger Baker drums, Alec Dankworth bass, Abass Dodoo African hand drums, Pee Wee Ellis tenor saxophone…  April 28 / 29 2012

St.Petersburg Russia

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…

Stay tuned 

A major league horn section

Gary Winters trumpet, Pee Wee Ellis tenor sax, Maceo Parker alto sax, Chad Bernstien trombone…