|David A Powell Photography|
It was the first Tuesday of my summer musical residency at Maliblu Oyster Bar in Lido Beach, NY and I did not know what to expect except that I would be sharing the stage with one of the best keyboardists in NYC who happened to be a mentor of mine named Wayne Holmes. It was going to be a duet and we were going to get through each set, sparking ideas based on the mood of the crowd and the night as it evolved.
I was thrilled beyond belief at the music, and the atmosphere. Imagine! All the positive feelings that can be experienced when you follow your passion.
The First Night
In light of the scorching weather that lied ahead of us, I gambled on the idea that maybe the two of us could both wear white and red to be on common ground. And we did!
|David A Powell Photography|
A friend of mine, a great photographer that showcases his photographic genius all over social media named David A Powell decided to tag along and he took some of the most amazing shots of the event including both my Facebook Page and Twitter profile pictures that are currently featured on both pages. You must check out more of his photography works on Facebook here:
|Melodiaz Creation Old Flyer|
On the third week, things up a bit and I was joined by a guitarist, Clyde Bermingham and a keyboardist, Traviso Milner. I guess you might consider me bragging a bit, but to have played with such amazing talent as what they showed me, leaves me in such a festive state of being. I am boasting about it because I can’t help but to celebrate the fact that the best of my summer days was surrounded by music.
I must say that the Maliblu sessions that happened each and every Tuesday were awesome and as the summer comes to an unofficial end, so does my love affair with playing on their awesome stage after eight fantastic weeks, as Maliblu is really more of a cool, summer hangout spot.
The Last Night
The last night ended a little differently than I had expected. I was joined by Melvin Palmer on guitar, Traviso Milner on keys, Carolyn Cole on Congas and a host of their phenomenal musicians like saxophonist Marc Narcisse, vocalist Deboralynne Cole, keyboardist Vince Coleman and more who stopped by, jammed with us and had me fighting back tears at how beautiful everything sounded. I felt like I was being showered with love and it was awesome.
|Vince Coleman Pics|
Now, I am taking an attentive gaze at the future. I am realizing that it is the tiny leaps you take every day that generates joy within. I am excited and looking forward to the sizzles of tomorrow.
Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend everyone and play it safe; especially if you are wukking up the parkway on Labor Day. Break out the flag and your water and make sure you keep watch of your surroundings including your distance from the float. Representing Ayiti to the fullest. How about you?
Oh P.S. Just in case you were interested in visiting those social media pages I wast ellign you about to see the profile pic and more, here are the links:
Facebook . . . http://www.facebook.com/jnotemusic
Twitter . . . http://www.twitter.com/musiqal1
My Website . . . http://www.jnotemusic.com