Double Rainbow

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Played a gig on upright last night. It was a party at a house out in the country. Weather was beautiful. It rained for 5 minutes at a set break. So I took a quick pic of a nice double rainbow.
Ran into some old friends. Was also offered to take a bunch of local wood from trees on the property. Including some Osage orange. Sweet.

Awesome Charlie Hunter show

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Saw Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola tonight.  Just heard about it yesterday and got tickets. Don’t think it was promoted well by a local jazz festival.  Had great seats in a small venue.  It was fantastic!  Probably one of the most inspired performances I’ve seen in a long time.

Upright bass and such

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Quick phone pic to accompany my post. My bass and bows.
Gig went well last night. I keep meeting really cool people lately too. Band was me and my friends Paul on piano and Mark on drums. Joined by Tony a 70 year old sax player for the last hour. He used to play in the Navy band. One of my favorites to play with. He always calls interesting tunes. Thank heavens for the real book on iPad.
So I met a world class drummer last night. He’s friends with my piano player and they were talking while we set up. His name is John Riley and is one of the top jazz drummers in the business. Nice guy, he was on his way out, or he would have sat in. That’s ok, it would have made me really nervous as I certainly am not nearly close to the level of bassists he plays with.
It’s strange. I live in a small town in rural PA but we’ve had two incredible drummers move to the area in the past couple years. I met John last night and the other is Eric Harland. He lives next to my friend but I haven’t met him yet. Guess being a quiet, beautiful place within 2 hours of NYC is why.
Fun stuff.

Scraping walnut

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Scraping in a raking light. Waiting for a cutter blade to anneal in the oven.
Backs are about to thickness. Weight is within 2 grams of each other. This piece had some knots I didn’t see till I resawed it. Doesn’t really bother me though. The other back is a bit nicer.