I have been quite fortunate to be playing The Book of Mormon since last December. What a treat to play for such a hit show with such a great band. Even though we’re sold out every night is amazing, the best thing about this show, for me, is that no matter what mood I’m in when I get to the theater, I always leave feeling happy and fulfilled musically.
I realize that this is a ‘gig-brag’, but I just heard the list of the Tony Award nominations and I found out that I had played on the pre-Broadway for three of the Best Musical nominees: Kinky Boots, Bring It On & A Christmas Story. There all terrific productions and I truly feel lucky, blessed and honored to have played them. I wish them all the best of luck.
I actually subbed out of The Book of Mormon for the first time (after 155 shows) to play for the Writers’ Theatre Annual Gala. It was lots of fun.
The same night I played with my friends in Gunnelpumpers. It’s such a unique band having three bass players: Doug Johnson (leader – playing 6-string Clevinger Acoustic upright), Michael Hovanian (acoustic bass w/the Chicago Symphony) and myself on 5-string electric. The band also consists of Randy Farr (Percussion), Bob Garrett (Drums/Percussion) and John Meyer (Guitar) with also other occasion guest artists. The only rules for this band are there are only. Someone starts playing and everyone else listens and improvises. Really esoteric, but fun nonetheless.
My son, Ashley, played some live gigs with Ben Kenny in NY and will be doing a ‘mini-tour’ with him starting next June.
That’s it for now. Spring is finally here in Chicago. I’m looking forward to warmer weather … J