My intent in October 2012 was to learn to blog, and blog regularly through 2013. Instead starting January 2013, I took a brief sabbatical from the music business and took a job at CREATIVE KITCHEN which is a creative production company that creates video/radio commercials and psa’s. I decided to devote my entire focus last year on learning this new trade and my employers generously invested in me by sending me to video editing school at thetrainingfarm.com in New York City for a week during the summer where I studied Adobe Premiere Pro. It was scary to walk away from performing jazz regularly for a while but I felt I needed to take some time to adjust to aquiring new skills. a new time schedule, and more importantly time to study a new trade.
In January 2014 local saxophonist Alisha Pattillo asked me if I was interested in co-hosting a jazz jam at Costas Elixir Lounge at 415 Westheimer on Thursday nights. I’m glad she did. I miss playing jazz so much and wanted to resume working as a musician in Houston but feared I may have done irreparable damage to all my contacts and connections for being gone so long from the music scene in Houston. However slowly but surely playing opportunities are trickling in and I am grateful.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to take a year and grow in a new direction. I’m also grateful to be a part of such a great creative culture of music in Houston that has welcomed me back with open arms.
If you get a chance come visit me at The Thursday Night Jam @ Costas Elixir Lounge, 415 Westheimer (between Avante Garden and Sorrentos) 8-11 every Thursday, free valet. You’ll see a chick bass player revitalized and on fire to make some great music again :)