Joining me in the Career Pathways in Jazz panel were (l-r) Prof. Jeff Lederer; guitarist Al Marino, and drummer Brad Sporkin.
I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on “Career Pathways in Jazz” as part of L.I. University-C.W. Post’s annual “Jazz Day” on Saturday, March 3. Joining me in discussing what it takes to make a career in jazz (and other genres of music) were saxophonist/clarinetist and Post professor Jeff Lederer; recent Post music graduate and working guitarist Al Marino; and my friend, the drummer Brad Sporkin. We also had some great contributions from pianist/bandleader Richie Iacona, also a Post professor. Thanks so much to Jeff; LIU Director of Music Education Dr. Jennifer Miceli; and University Director of Arts Advancement Brian Hoeflschweiger for inviting me.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be presenting about jazz history aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 again this summer and fall. First up will be a voyage from Southampton, England to the fjords of Norway, July 13-21, including the tiny village of Flaam, pictured above. Please consider joining me if you can! The beautiful Queen Mary 2 is one of the greatest cruising experiences in the world. For more information on this trip, visit Cunard’s website. (Feel free to email me if you have questions.) And on November 5-12, I’ll be a guest speaker on a transatlantic crossing, Southampton-New York.
Much closer to home, I’ll be speaking at the Freeport Memorial Library (on Merrick Road in Freeport) again on Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. My subject will be “A Brief History of Modern Jazz Piano: From Bud Powell to Herbie Hancock and Beyond,” complete with rare film clips and audio. Admission is free. I’ll announce the event on Facebook soon.