I’ve lived and worked in rural New Hampshire thirty years. My family, a steady paycheck from my teaching job, and the somewhat reclusive life of an aspiring meditator came first, but I’ve also managed to play now and then with some great musicians, including seven years of being called on to accompany the impeccable Delfeayo Marsalis when he comes through town; and with certain local jazz musician friends who have put up with me and who I’ve learned a lot from. I got to open for Ray Charles at Meadowbrook! And then there’s The Buskers, now going on 24 years strong.
If you look at the tour page on The Buskers’ website, you won’t see a lot of shows lined up for this Summer. I’ve thrown a little monkey wrench into the machinery; a spanner in the works: my wife and I are moving to Düsseldorf, Germany on July 31st. She has been offered a great job at the International School there, and I am going with her, hoping to get some work teaching, but mostly hoping to play music.
Back when KZ moved to New York State (2005?) we didn’t know how that would impact the band. Though the big increase in physical distance made it harder to build up a strong local base and to take those single gigs that crop up, on the other hand it opened up a much broader range of venues, thanks to KZ’s willingness to hunt down gigs toward her neck of the woods (I say “thanks to” but I know from experience it’s a thankless task); and we have since played for new fans in some of the most beautiful locations you can imagine across New England and New York State.
But what now? My wife and I hope to come home to New Hampshire in the Summer, so expect at the very least a couple of weeks of Summer touring in 2018 if people will still have us. In the meantime I will do what I can (not that I know how), to secure some European gigs for The Buskers, as well as for my jazz trio. We hope to rent a two-bedroom apartment, so visiting musicians can fight for the bed versus the sofa. But I feel it’s time I throw myself open to something new; and to the distinct possibility that Europe will be, as it’s often held out to be, somewhere that values and welcomes American music and musicians with open arms. We’ll see. Alles gute!