|Long overdue, here is
some new news (finally!) ...
- I'm finishing up
the 09 fall semester at Loyola University, where I've been
teaching since September. Tony Dagradi is taking a sabbatical
this year (contented smile from Tony), and John Mahoney invited me to
join Jason Mingledorff in the Loyola Saxophone Studio. I'm also
teaching Training Band (Jazz Band III) and coaching a Brazilian music
Combo. I'm happy and proud to say that there is a great bunch of
students there this year, and many of them are extremely dedicated to
the study of their future craft; it makes my job a whole lot funner!
In the combo, we're playing music from João Donato, Victor
Assis Brasil, Dorival Caymmi, and yours truly. There are tunes
'in the wings' from Hermeto Pascoal and Toninho Horta, plus students
have brought in arrangements and compositions.
- See Ray on the
nationally-televised (in Brazil, on TV Globo) Jô Soares show! Watch
de Janeiro (bio and photo here)
is now Brasilliance! Trio. We'll be playing in Baton Rouge at
Chelsea's as part of the Baton Rouge Public Library's Jazz Series.
Thanks Emilie Roper Smart! We have been working on some new
things lately, we'll be sure to bring some chestnuts as well...
- I've been
enjoying working with Banu Gibson a good bit lately, and of course
continue to be part of the Creole Jazz Serenaders. On behalf of
the band I'd like to welcome Mike Esneault on piano. I've had the
pleasure of working with Mike in the Bobby Campo/Mike Esneault Septet,
and with Stephanie Jordan, where Mike is Musical Director.
Stephanie is a fine vocalist who knows how to tell a story with a
song. Great arrangements for a great band, too! See the Calendar for more upcoming Ray Moore dates.
- Although I
haven't been to Brazil since September of 08 (Vitória, ES and
Rio de Janeiro), I'm putting together ideas for a tour in 2010
(positive thinking!). I hope to count of the talents of Pascoal Meirelles on
drums and another longtime associate, Italian-born pianist
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