It’s late and I’m tired so I’m gonna try to keep this short. Today was amazing. Truly incredible!
Started off with a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, bacon, eggs, tofu and of course that delicious Woodstock blend coffee.
Then off to ensemble with Chris. We worked more on riddims and I did very well keeping my rhythms steady. We worked on our arrangement and did a great job holding down the bass line. I borrowed Aaron’s Fender Jazz Bass for the day. It is such a nice guitar. Easy to play, great tone. I think I need to get one. I am spending a lot of time thinking about how I can politely ask to buy Peter Manning’s (a family friend) basses for less than they are worth. I think I need an upright as well. I can try right?
Then we were off to a lunch of salad, tomato basil soup, mozzarella sandwiches and Portobello mushrooms baked with peppers and cheese melted over the top of them. Dee Lish!!!
After that I got to spend about an hour with the manager of MMW, Liz. She did a Q&A session about how to manage a band and how to get a band started in a city like NY. It was really great info and I got some really good notes from the session. Once again, she was a well of info in her field of expertise.
Chris’ master class was followed by Steve Bernstein’s master class which featured Carl and Ingrid Berger. It was great to hear a new voice in class, a new teacher who also knows what he’s talking about. Steve is a great bandleader.
Then came a quick jam on the porch and a few good throws with Miles and a frisbee. Our dinner featured rolled eggplants with farmer’s market vegetables and wild salmon. Dessert featured fried wontons, smothered in milk chocolate. They were very dangerous!
Next stop, a performance with Bernstein and MMW accompanied by Ingrid and Carl Berger. Amazing, once again. After that I got to jam onstage with Bernstein directing. It was great and I think I played pretty damn well. Andy and I then hung out a little, checked out the campfire, played some pool & had a nice jam w/Oscar in the cafe. I then watched some of the “Jazz Baroness” video and came in to get ready to go to bed.
As I reflect on today and this week in general, I am struck by how amazing this experience has been. As well as how truly priceless it is. The food and the lodging is nearly worth the $2,000. The contacts that I’ve made and the instruction I’ve received will serve me for the rest of my life. I mean, Steve Bernstein gave me contact for bass teacher’s in NYC and gave me permission to drop his name when I speak with them.
I begin to be saddened by the fact that tomorrow is the last, full day of camp. I cherish every moment I’ve experienced and every moment I have yet to experience. I look at tomorrow with the expectation that it will be a beautiful cherry on top of an incredibly delicious sundae!