Saturday, September 29, 2007
It was a privilege to hang out with the guys in the band for a week. I especially enjoyed being backstage before and during the concerts. There's a lot of time to kill and chess is played at a serious level by a number of the musicians. The hour before the concert reminded me of batting practice before a major league game. Everyone has their own routine. Suits are ironed with various degrees of concern for personal appearance, horns are unpacked, scales and blues are heard. The guys joke with each other, or walk around slowly concentrating on their tone , or lost in thought.