This past weekend the band and I played in Katonah, New York for the Caramoor Jazz Festival. This performance was included Christopher Pattishall, Marquis Hill, Dan Chmielinski, Lucas Pino and our tour manager Henry Chateauvert. After long days of travel and late night rehearsals the band was less than enthusiastic about our 8am call time at Grand Central Station. Our drowsiness disappeared once we were on the train, cracking jokes and telling stories.
We arrived at the train station we were warmly greeted by Jazz at Lincoln Center's Georgina Javor and young piano prodigy Joey Alexander. We boarded a yellow school bus and drove to the festival site. The best part about these types of festivals is seeing so many friends in one place. The Amigos, Jake Hertzog, Sammy Miller and The Congregation, Vincent Gardner, Orin Evans, Cecile McLorin Salvant...the list goes on forever.
Sammy and the band already played an unbelievable set of music before we got on stage. The crowd was already warmed up and ready for more! The audience could best be described as quiet yet appreciative--you could tell that they were really listening to what we had to say. The set flew by in an instant and we cleared off to make way for Orin Evans and catch the tail end of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra.
These types of days make me wish that it was possible to "tour" festivals with other bands. It is a stark reminder of the type of camaraderie this music was founded upon. Maybe sometime soon we will be able to make this a reality...