So this private event season (holiday parties) hasn't been as brisk for me this year as last (Which was nutzzzzzzzz) it has been more satisfying. Last year I had 2 gigs that while they were jazz and all that, where depressing like my worst ever country gig from back in the day.
This year they have all (so far) been quite fun. Nov 30th and Dec 1st saw the Burton Duo play at the Fort Garry. The first night was crazy busy but the second night had just the right number of people to have a crowd to play to, but the background conversation didn't over power us. Good applause, cards handed out and we played 'up to it' as they say. Wish we had recorded it.
Dec 6th had me playing a staff Christmas party/luncheon for Holy Family Home. I say Christmas instead of "holiday' because this was a Orthodox Ukrainian Care home with the event started off by grace led by a nun. We played Christmas jazzed up and some standards I could vaguely connect to Christmas (Thad Jones' A Child is Born and Herzog's God Bless the Child). The crowd loved the trio (made up of me, Julian Bradford on Upright and Jaime Carrasco on Drums).
On the 8th I did a duo with Steve Hamilton at Baileys on Lombard for Nelson Environmental's Christmas party. I say Christmas because the dinner was started off with a speech and grace by the CEO. In the small world dept. One of my piano student's mother was at the event. Again the people dug it and didn't talk louder than the band. We actually had to pull it back a few times.
This Saturday has me in Duo with Mike Cann on Bass playing a wedding reception/dinner (again at the Fort Garry) but with specific instructions to not play Christmas and to play a particular jazz piece at some point. On the 22nd the Burton Trio plays our bi monthly (in the truest sense) gig at McNally Robinson lots of Christmas jazz will ensue.
On another front there was a 'front' page article on me and my new CD in the Sou'Wester paper (which was also a mid paper article in the satellite editions in other parts of the city). Everything from wedding couples, students and their families to the ladies who make my sandwiches at the Safeway near our Music School have made comment. You can find the online version here.
That's it for now Folks. If I don't write anything else this year have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a safe New Year