Of course by now I need to tell you that I do most of my work as a sideman for various recording artists and bandleaders. I love being an "essential sideman" to paraphrase Ron Carter.
On occasion I get a call for a gig myself and I usually assemble some of the fellas under the name "Joe Lev and Friends". This time I was contacted by the great jazz piano player Jim Martinez. He said a friend of his worked at a winery and was interested in doing a a blues show and he thought of me!!
So after some negotiation, I booked a show for JL &F at the Gold Hill Vineyard Aug 28th @1 PM.
Now the fun part!! I have a lot of very talented friends so who to get?? I told Bryna at the winery that I was gonna bring her a band of bandleaders. Putting together a band is like casting a play or making soup, you need ingredients that compliment each other. I was also loking for maybe some guys that could help sell tickets. I really want this to be an off the chart success.
I got the line up booked, it's an embarrassment of riches, the Miami Heat of the blues.
Read it and weep: Steve Foster guitar/vocals
Aaron King guitar/drums/vocals
Kevin Burton keyboards
Wingnut Adams drums/harmonica/vocals
and your humble blogger on bass/vocals
Looks good on paper, I just hope there is enough ball for LeBron and Dwayne to stay happy. Everyone of these guys can carry a whole night by themselves, it's a gas to call them my friends.
Advance tickets are just $20 and you get lunch and wine or beer.