A Still-Living Legend

This “Living Legend” thing is getting out of hand ๐Ÿ™‚ And to John Tefft, US Ambassador to the Ukraine – I do appreciate the honor. Thank you, Sir. And please keep the torch burning for all Human Rights – especially the right to play whatever notes I choose – I thankfully grew up with that one ๐Ÿ™‚ โˆ† C

A Day in Moscow

In ’82 we played in this room at Spaso House, in the American Embassy of Moscow. That was during Soviet times and it was just like the movies > > with KGB everywhere. This time we visited with the current Ambassador Beyrle and his wife Jocelyn – – and the memories flooded back. Moscow is a brand new city struggling …

A Late Night at Dizzy’s: Chick & Marcus Roberts’ Jam Session

After Chick’s set with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center, he checked out the Marcus Roberts Trio showโ€”here’s Chick’s take on it: Tonight was a wild and special night. The JALC band smoked and my Gayle was a highlight for the audience and the band, singing on “You’re Everything.” The night was filled with great moments. But after …

From Marseille to Nice

South of France Hot sun during the day Nice and cool at night Swimming in the Mediterranean was a blast And the bus is not so bad – –

For Painting

I took these shots so I could have some nice landscapes to practice making watercolors. This was our drive from Munich airport to Unterach, Austria. These are all taken with the iPhone. The filtered ones are done with the Toy Camera app.

The Piano Player’s Wanderings in Nimes

This is the Coliseum that I played with Roy Haynes, Gary Peacock and Joe Henderson in the early ’80s – – it’s the most intact Roman Coliseum of all of them. Rome was quite an empire – – they developed so much technology.

So Nice in Nice

[Chick writes from Nice, where John McLaughlin sat in with the Freedom Band.] It was a blast playing with John again – – it was like the Four Peace Freedom Band with Roy Haynes on drums! We jammed on “Someday My Price Will Come” and “Matrix” – – and then did some Rap Jamming for an encore – – that …

A Walk in Perugia

[Chick writes from Perugia, Italy.] It’s nice to take a walk – – beautiful weather here!