I played a full night of jazz bass at the Mason Lounge in Madison WI last night. It was periodically unleashed. That is to say, we busted out some tight jams on a few occasions and hacked our way through the songs most of the rest of the time.
Jazz at Mason does go rather late for a school night, but it is quite fulfilling and allows me to push the boundaries of my jazz theory in practice (improvisation). The issue isn't really that it goes late. Midnight isn't even horribly late. The problem is that when I get home, I am all wired up and energized from the rocking (jazzing?) and I will be inspired to work on jazz piano for a while. Then I do end up staying up too late.
I am announcing the launch of Guppy Effect v2.0 today. That is the new incarnation with Kyle and Mike. I am taking it in a new direction. It will still be high energy rocknroll with "thrice the rocking power of other name bands," but we will explore a wider diversity of song repertoire and I also want to play more alternative venues like house concerts and farm parties. Kyle is a good lyricist, so that should facilitate some song writing. I am good at composition.
Stay tuned for a Gupdate today announcing band happenings. GEv2.0 may play a farm party on May 4. GEv1.0 with Stefan and Peter is slated to play a birthday party and a fest, both in Delavan, in July.
HIATUS, my band with colleagues Brian and John, will kick off next Wednesday April 4. We are booked to rock and roll at Crivestivus on June 22. Mark it down.