The Grey Eagle is a great room for live music. I’ve played with a jazz combo and a couple of times with rock bands there, but I’ve never played with a big band there. I did hear Maynard Ferguson’s band play there shortly before he died and the acoustics of the room sounded great with his, slightly smaller, big band.
Because of the nature of the beast, the AJO has a number of regular players that play with us according to availability and location of the show. This Thursday I’m particularly excited about the sax section, which will be Steve Alford, Joe Luloff, Jacob Rodriguez, Julian Samahl, and Frank Southecorvo. All five of those cats can blow some great solos, so I plan on calling out lots of sax features. I’ll probably torture them with a sax soli or two and really make them work. I’ll definitely torture the whole room with some of my original charts.
The rest of the sections are going to be good too. Trumpets on this one are Woody Dotson, Je Widenhouse, Andy Sorenson, and Steve Martinez. The trombone section is Walton Davis, Alan Greene, Linda Davis, and myself. Jeff Knorr is playing piano, Trevor Stoia on bass, and Justin Watt is on drums.
Come check out the show if you’re near Asheville.