Thursday, February 13, 2014

Midwest Jazz Tour with the Josh Quinlan Quartet




Josh Quinlan Jazz Tour January-February 2014

January 16th – Crossroads Theatre concert/masterclass in Denver, CO with the Josh Quinlan Quartet plus Aldo Salvent (saxophone), followed by another concert/masterclass for Josh Quinlan’s Jazz History class at CU Boulder, CO with Ben Markley and Ed Breazeale

January 18th – Ace Gillette’s in Fort Collins, CO with Josh Quinlan, Aldo Salvent, Ben Markley and John Olson

January 26th – Frank Nichols House Party in Aurora, CO with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN)

January 27th – University of Wyoming concert/jam session with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (COLTRANE)

January 29th – Dazzle show in Denver, CO with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (ELLINGTON/COLTRANE)

January 30th – University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA with Josh Quinlan, Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale  (COLTRANE)

January 31st – Truman State University in Iowa, MO concert and masterclass with Josh Quinlan, Jeff Riley (saxophone), Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (COLTRANE)

February 1st – Circle M Music in Kirksville, MO with Josh Quinlan, Tim AuBuchon (saxophone), Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale and Take Five in Kansas, MO with Josh Quinlan, Clint Ashlock (trumpet), Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale (COLTRANE and ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN)

February 2nd – The Record Bar in Kansas, MO with Josh Quinlan, Clint Ashlock (trumpet) Ben Markley, and Ed Breazeale  (JOSH QUINLAN MUSIC)

The tour went really well, and it was good to get back on the road again.  This was the second jazz tour I have done (not including ones affiliated with my undergraduate jazz program).  The first tour was with Reid Poole and Britt Ciampa which you can read about from a few years ago on my blog.  This tour was with the Josh Quinlan quartet, featuring Ben Markley on keys,, and Ed Breazeale on drums.  We all fit in one vehicle with Ed behind the wheel, and I brought my electric fretless bass along for the ride!  Josh was able to secure upright basses for me for most of the dates, and got to play a few gigs on the electric.  I already am starting to brainstorm some projects in the near future playing electric bass jazz.

I didn’t keep a tour journal this time like I did with the last one, but all I can really say was that it was good to play the same music for most of the gigs, develop some things with the musicians in the band, and make some great contacts throughout the different places we were at.  The tour has resulted in multiple recording sessions that will happen in the next year, and we’re already setting things up for a June tour in NYC and Boston!  I’m truly grateful to have such good musicians to play and hang with, and I can’t wait to keep digging into more of these projects.  The quartet will be performing in Colorado in the fall as well with Greg Osby, so I have a lot of work to do to get ready for that!  I’ll keep the post short, but it was a great 5 days on the road, and looking forward to doing it again.  One of these days I’ll try to get my own touring happening, and try it from the leader perspective.

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