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Lessons Learned

On Friday I joined Jessica Lurie and Arne Livingston in opening for and sitting in with Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers, and Bob Franceschini, musicians I’ve been listening to and admiring for half of my life. Here’s what happened and what I learned:

They walked in and sat down to watch just as we started going over tunes at soundcheck. I was nervous to the point of almost shaking but thankfully my body took over and made the music happen. Living Daylights’ repertoire is full of twists and turns and, this being my first time playing their music, I’m glad I studied and had a strong foundation of practice to fall back on. Preparation and time on your instrument always pays off. I give full credit to mega-bassist Damian Erskine for being a shining example of how a pro gets ready for the stage. He plays through the music on his own, marks up charts so they’re extra readable, and makes his own charts when necessary. Whenever I’m prepping for a gig, I always ask myself “What would Damian do?”

After soundcheck I escaped to the green room to pull myself together. When I came out 10 minutes later Dennis was walking back and met me in the hallway. He smiled big, threw his hands in the air, and said he was looking for me to ask about sitting in. I was stunned and the nerves came rushing back, but he was so kind and funny and personable that within minutes I was fully relaxed, hanging and shooting the breeze with one of my idols. By the time we took the stage an hour later I was completely comfortable and just happy to be playing, free from fear of being judged by the incredible musicians I looked up to, and that’s the key. My nerves were an extension of an irrational fear, and getting comfortable with the source of that fear allowed me to get out of my head and enjoy myself. Our set went great.  Continue reading Lessons Learned

Jessica Lurie Instant Light Ensemble Mini-Tour

This is Jessica Lurie. JUST LOOK AT HER. A modern Mona Lisa. Her kind visage belies the burning intensity within, a theme that translates perfectly to the music she writes and performs. There’s an ever-present sweetness and humor to her sound that’s braced by the muscle and fire she carries with her at all times, and I’m honored to be playing with her and a group of similarly equipped badasses in the coming days.

See and hear Jessica’s Instant Light Ensemble with Bill Horist, Rene Hart, and myself here:

Mon, Oct 26 @ Rhythm & Rye Olympia, 8pm
Wed, Oct 28 @ 90.7FM KBOO Portland, 3pm
Wed, Oct 28 @ Analog Cafe & Theater PDX, 8:30pm
Thu, Oct 29 @ The Jazz Station Eugene, 8pm

More details at www.jessicalurie.com/calendar/