Rehearsal With The Verve Jazz Ensemble
Today was a great day! I really enjoyed the opportunity to rehearse with the Verve Jazz Ensemble in NYC today. It was a lot of fun. It was straight ahead jazz with their special arrangements. I was somewhat reserved since it was a brand new environment. I didn't want to rock the boat. I wanted to be a team player and be complimentary. During the first break, the drummer Josh came to me and said, "Go ahead!! Let 'er rip!!". That was the green light! So on the next few tunes, I opened up a whole lot more and I could tell that the rest of the band was into it. The more I played, the more comfortable I became. It was an awesome experience! I also got some great words of wisdom from the pianist, Matt. (I am subbing for him in December.) It felt great to play with other musicians at a very high level. I am so grateful for this opportunity!! More to follow!! Onward and upward!!!