I have been playing fairly regularly with a number of different groups on the area of late, both to my enjoyment and to my bank account’s enlargement. This coming weekend I shall be performing for the majority of the day on Saturday.
I shall be playing trombone and leading the Turk Island Jazz Band at the Hayward Farmer’s Market from approximately 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM if anyone wishes to make a visit. We will be playing at the intersection of Watkins and B streets. Admission is free and there are a number of most interesting booths offering a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs – both organic and otherwise. There are also a few booths offering flowers, jewelry, food, etc. These farmers’ markets are an excellent place to shop for fresh produce and if you happen to be in the area, feel free to drop by.
In the evening, I shall switch gears to the lower brass, as I shall be playing tuba with Emperor Norton’s Jazz Band at a wedding in Napa. We will be providing entertainment both before and after the wedding, as I understand it. I recently played a wedding in Sonoma with the same group and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Emperor Norton’s Jazz Band is made up mainly of music majors or ex-music majors and it is a real pleasure to play with such skilled musicians. in addition, this wedding will be a good workout for my tuba chops, as I have a number of upcoming performances on this instrument in the months ahead.
This weekend also offers the upcoming South Bay Traditional Jazz Society meeting, featuring the Golden Gate Rhythm Machine, led by former Turk Murphy trumpeter Bob Schulz. This is an excellent band and I highly recommend seeing them if you can make it down to Sunnyvale. I shall be posting on the upcoming jazz gigs later today at Examiner.com as well.