Friday, August 04, 2006
Today was a perfect day. Trap shooting in the morning, a massage in the afternoon, and a guitar gig in the early evening. I did two sets at the University Club of Saint Paul with the Mike Hachey Band, Carmin Pluntz of Beasley's Big Band guesting on alto and tenor saxophone. I played by Ibanez AF105F through a 15w Carvin tube amp: a suitably laid back sound for a small venue. Dennis Spears was in the house, and sang a blues medley with us: "Centerpiece" morphing into "Route 66". Others songs performed by the band included "Footprints", "Nostalgia in Times Square", "All of Me", and similar pieces from the great American songbook. In the later part of the evening, I went to Matty B's in Saint Paul, where Dennis was performing with a guitar, bass, and drums trio. Matty B's is a great place with fine food, good service and a nice bar. This will probably be my only night playing out this month, as I have to go to London next week and New York the next. Not to play guitar, unfortunately, but working for The Man.