Playing drum set with Ethio Cali for the third and last in the Blue Whale 2014 residency on Sunday, December 7. Repertoire includes songs from icons Horace Parlan, Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman to Hugh Masekela, Segun Bucknor and Charles Mingus.
Todd Simon – Trumpet / Arranger / Bandleader
Kamasi Washington – Tenor Saxophone
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone
Tracy Wannomae – Flute, Alto Saxophone
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Piano
Patrick Bailey – Guitar
Brandon Eugene Owens – Acoustic Bass
Dexter Story – Drums, Co-Arranger
Alan Lightner – Percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – Percussion
Sonny Abegaze – Curation
Commentary: This is a late calendar entry but I want to stress how amazing this show was to play. Todd Simon masterfully arranged the bulk of the spiritual jazz repertoire and lifted our spirits. The highlight for me was performing a challenging Charles Mingus tune.