The great videographer Vincent Ruiz has compiled clips of the individual interviews from our DVD release and posted them on you tube. It’s great to hear the guys speak about music. The complete DVD is available at www.markshermanmusic.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_Z4RjEBPKo BAND

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBmewPw8U4E MARK SHERMAN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRbTkfgqVHw JOE MAGNARELLI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdEPuDBHFuM TIM HORNER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqpoSf-0bIM DEAN JOHNSON

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-_ANyPp8ko ALLEN FARNHAM

Advertisements
The Quartet

The Quartet

It’s been two weeks since my return to the US from the month long Rhythm Road/US State Department tour of Russia, and Asia. It has been quite an emotional adjustment since on the  tour we were treated as if we were diplomats from the United States. Driving in embassy limos. Being wined and dined constantly, and of course the 50-100 people who mobbed us after concerts and master classes to get a picture or an autograph, or to just talk about music. Most importantly I miss the day to day music. We played over 30 events, Everyday was another bit of magic from the music. We drove the music to higher levels. That is what happens when you do many consecutive events. My dream since I was 13 years old has been to do just that. Back in New York it has been a small adjustment from playing concerts, and master classes daily, to more occasional opportunities to do this. I miss the daily hang with the band as well. We all bonded like family. I am looking forward to Europe upcoming in the fall, Australia in the spring, and back to teaching in the university, and conservatory I work in. Hats off to the band of Tim Horner, Jim Ridl, and Tom Dicarlo for the completion of that month in Asia. We all worked our butts off, but the music made it all worth while.

Our trip following the Shenyang leg of our tour involved and uneventful flight to Guangzxou China, where we were taken to our hotel for a day of rest, and I did a radio interview for the Foshan event the next day. That following day we drove to Foshan where we arrived at the Zumiao Museum for sightseeing, and were greeted by an absolutely brilliant, and organized man named Peter Han. I had spoken many times to Peter on Skype prior to the tour to iron out all the questions regarding our presentation, venue questions, scheduling etc. Finally I met Peter face to face as he greeted us at the museum. This museum was over 400 years old, and had pictures of all the famous martial arts students, and masters. There was a building dedicated only to the martial arts, complete with pictures of all the masters. Of course one of the most well known masters was Bruce lee, and there statues of him everywhere. The pictures in the post give you a great idea of what it was like. It had a Chinese opera house, and many areas where people pray, chant, and do Tai Chi publicly. It is a very holy place with many temples, and amazing history behind it. For the second half of the sightseeing we went to the oldest kiln in the world where incredible pottery has been fired for over 500 years. The kiln was built in 1506, and is still operational. Check the pictures, as it was totally amazing. We bought lots of gifts in the gift shop for our loved ones back home. Everything is dirt-cheap here. So Peter Han is very meticulous man who is a PHD, lived in the US for 15 years, and simply new every detail of our manifest. We created this manifest maybe six months ago, and he was the only one so far who really memorized it. Every detail was followed perfectly. Anyway we had a nice lunch, and were then escorted to the performance venue where we did a great concert at the Creative Park in Foshan. Then a nice dinner, and a set up, and master class at a local jazz club where we played, and went through some educational stuff, and answered some good questions. Afterwards enthusiastic students who attended again mobbed us, and we gave autographs, and took photos. All in all a great day as Peter Han really took care of business.

Museum Entrance

Museum Entrance

Host Peter Han

Host Peter Han

Young Bruce Lee

Young Bruce Lee

Dan Halcott, and Peter Han

Dan Halcott, and Peter Han

Museum Show

Museum Show

Evening Master Class

Evening Master Class

Active Kiln built in 1506

Active Kiln built in 1506

Women Praying

Women Praying

The Mark Sherman/Tim Horner Quartet in Russia

The Mark Sherman/Tim Horner Quartet in Russia

Our final concert last night in Vladivostok was just incredible. The band is really playing itself at this point. The concert took place at the Philharmonic Hall in Vladivostok to a sold out standing room only crowd that was over appreciative. We opened the second half of the show with 2 of my tunes entitled “The Winning Life”, and “The Great Triplet“. After that we went into one of TIm Horner‘s new compositions entitled “Museum Piece” which is just a gorgeous piece of music with a free rubato melody with really great chord changes.We took 3 choruses each and then went directly into another Tim Horner composition titled “Passion Dancer”, in which Tim played the Cajon which is basically a box that has various sounds and you sit on top of it and groove away. Tim played the hell out of it, and we found a home inside this tune. It was a premiere for this composition, and it came off beautifully. After that we closed with Jim Ridl’s “Smile Said The Drum” dedicated to Elvin Jones for the never-ending grin Elvin carried on his face when playing. The sound on stage was fantastic last night in this hall, and Jim Ridl had a nice 9-foot Steinway to play. The band really reached new territory last night, and gave a really inspired performance. We are really playing well together. Afterwards there was a standing ovation for us and we received a huge bouquet of white roses, which we gave to our host Euzhenia from the consulate in Vladivostok who took really good care of us our entire stay. Then there was a reception, and when we entered the room there were about 50 people waiting for us with hugs and huge round of applause. Many pictures were taken. Everyone wanted a picture with us. We drank lots of champagne, and ate some food, and we received a beautiful plaque and some written awards from the consulate General Tom Armbruster. The whole night was really gratifying. This morning the embassy picked us up at the hotel and we went to a final lunch, and then to the airport for our flight to Seoul Korea where I am writing from now. The Hyatt Regency in Incheon. A beautiful hotel. Our new host from South Korea’s embassy took us out for the food we have been talking out for over a month now. Kam Chi and Korean Barbecue. I am seriously stuffed. A good night sleep will help. Tomorrow we have a master class in the afternoon at the conservatory in Seoul and a concert at night.

A full house at the Marine club in Nahodka Russia last night inspired a kick-ass performance by the quartet. The music was intense, emotional, and flat out burning. The crowd was really responsive and gracious. It is the reason I do this. The feeling of a crowd that loves you is the greatest feeling one can have after 35 years of commitment the art of improvisation. We played 7 tunes and then a beautiful encore to a standing ovation. Four huge bouquets of flowers were brought up to the stage for the quartet when we were taking our bows. We gave the flowers to our host Evghenia who has been treating us beautifully for the entire trip. It was all worth the 3.5 hour drive to Nahodka from Vladivostok and back. The people are very warm and seem to be so happy we are here bringing our music.

Tomorrow we play our final concert in Russia at the large philharmonic hall here. I expect it to be a highly emotional performance as always for all of us musicians. Personally I have had a great time here in Russia, although I am happy I live in the US, as life seems more difficult for the people over here.

Paul Meyers Band

Great night Friday night at Trumpets Jazz Club with the Paul Meyers Band featuring Vanderlei Pereira,  Helio Alves, and Leo Traversa. Normally Donny McCaslin plays with this band. I subbed for him. I really enjoyed Paul’s music. He is a fine writer. His tunes have emotion, spirit, and a clever use of harmony to convey his own distinctive sound. Helio Alves is a brilliant improvisor, and Leo Traversa has a gorgeous sound on this really beautiful 5 string electric bass he played. Vanderlei Pereira having been born in Rio has really a different way of playing jazz. Paul has a lot of Brazilian flavored music and of course this is right up Vanderle’s alley. He has a key instinct for the music as he makes all hits and  and section changes by instinct. It is amazing. Does not sound too difficult make all the hits and  deal with the form of the music. For most it is not. You just follow the chart and give to the music, but Vanderlei’s chart is his ears as he is blind.  I was so blown away by him. Not because he is blind, but from his playing. A great player. All great players!! And great music. In addition Trumpets has improved their musical venue by extending the stage a bit to make more room for the music. The sound and light additions have really helped. It is a much better venue to play because of these improvements.

Eddie Mendenhall

Listen to a cut from the session  Protocal

I just spent 4 days in California last weekend with Eddie Mendenhall, a very talented pianist and composer from Monterey. It turned out to be just a fantastic weekend as I played Friday night and Saturday night with Eddie as an organ trio, and Sunday’s concert was quartet with Eddie playing piano and Dan Robbins on bass, with Billy Jones on drums . First half of the concert I was a guest artist with the Monterey Peninsula College Jazz big band and the second half we played quartet. Anyway there was very appreciative crowd and I sold a bunch of CD’s. Later that night I went with Billy Jones and his wife to a party in Pebble Beach where they had a beautiful Kawai grand piano perfectly tuned with a bass player and drummer waiting, and they insisted of course that I play a few tunes. I had a nice time playing the piano and running through a few standards while looking at the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Incredible house! Monday was an absolutely fantastic recording session with Akira Tana, John Schifflet,Eddie Mendenhall, and myself doing Eddie’s tunes, one of mine, and a few standards for Eddie’s CD project. The music was amazing. It was an honor to be part of it!