I’m one of many. Each of us brings our own flavor to the music. But the one constant is Alejandro Escovedo and his music, and even more importantly, for me, the atmosphere he creates as a leader. Every time I get to play with this rich spirit, I find something new inside of me to tap […]

Reposted from my Sep 9, 2015 subscription email newsletter Hello everyone! I hope the week finds you peaceful and open to the possible. If not, put on the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley 1962 recording. I must say, I had forgotten just how wonderful that recording was until I heard it playing at a recent gig with […]

Phil Jackson, SoftLayer‘s lead technology evangelist, speaks clearly about his passion for open source, shares thoughts on Docker‘s container approach to application development, and gives his explanation of the evolution of software development methodology as DevOps. We captured Phil’s comments at the Cloud World Forum in London. I find him one of the easier tech […]

When you have a smartphone with all of that media firepower in it, the result can be a spontaneous desire to create entertainment out of the simplest and most senseless of things. But as long as it’s under 60 seconds, who cares?

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Twenty percent of Americans — approximately 63 million people —  live under homeowner’s associations (HOAs), according to the Community Associations Institute. HOAs are basically standards enforcement boards for neighborhoods, ranging in their reach and power, focusing on everything from architectural and landscape design to property maintenance to how many cars are allowed in your driveway. […]

I must admit that all of the hoopla about “Whiplash” actually delayed my watching it by many months. I’m not always anti-hoopla, but when it comes to something as close to my heart as the great American art form of jazz, and drums in particular, I have a natural skepticism regarding anything blessed by the […]

It’s raining in central Texas, and we are happy. The chickens are not. That is my unqualified opinion, as I ponder the photo to the right, taken by my colleague Chris Bennett. These are two of his and Asha’s chickens, residents of their north Austin backyard. There are others, but I imagine these two were […]

NOTES On April 16, I had a special guest for our Thursdays Brass House Trio. Trumpetist Mike Harris drove down from Houston to sit in for most of the gig. Mike was my jazz band director at Amarillo High School from 1976-78, culminating with a trip to the Montreux Jazz Festival in ’78. He was […]

I’ve always wondered just how many abandoned Walmarts are sitting out there, taking up space as they fall apart. A glance at WalMartReality.com seems to imply there are about 80 properties for sale or lease across the U.S. I don’t know if that includes everything that has been vacated by the retail giant or just […]

I play every Thursday at The Brass House in Austin, Texas, 6-8:30pm, with two Austin music legends – quitarist Mitch Watkins and bassist Chris Maresh. I met Mitch in 1981 and he has a been a close friend, mentor, and inspiration ever since. He and the other members of the group Passenger set the bar […]

Reposted from my email newsletter, dated Apr 9, 2015 SUBSCRIBE HERE for periodic updates like these. Friends, First off, these newsletters are more important than ever, since I decided to leave Facebook. For me, it was too difficult to resist its tempting allure even while the value of it seems to be waning. For me, views and […]

Church on Monday’s tally, by category, at this years’ Austin Music Awards, held last night at SXSW. Favorite Jazz bands – #1 Band of the Year (All genres) – #5 Musician of the Year – #5 Elias Haslanger (our illustrious leader) Album of the Year: #7 “Elias Haslanger: Live at the Gallery” Horn Player – #2 Elias […]