Winter Tour: Dr. Courtney Jones & the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass
Happy New Year and welcome to my website. On this blog you get the backstage access to what happens when I’m on tour. Sit back, relax, grab a cup or coffee or tea and enjoy!!!
First Stop: Rolla, Missouri
This first stop on the tour was in Rolla, Missouri at Leach Theatre at the University of Missouri of Science and Technology. Check out this space…
I was suck a wondering full space. The staff was more than accommodating and the the atmosphere was amazing. The wonderful thing about doing these tours is that you never know what’s going to happen at the same time. On the night of the show, we got a chance to heat a few student groups rehearse.
More often than not, these spaces are filled with so many acts that come through and I truly fill blessed to be a part of the continuing legacy of performers.
Second Stop: Philadelphia, Pennsavania
The next stop was at the Annenberg Center in Philly. This performance was especially special because I got a chance to meet a couple (the Stovers) who I haven’t seen in almost 14 years…more about them later. Take a look!
In addition to the hall being amazing, the sound was immaculate!
The wonderful things about these types of tours this that you get a chance to sit and talk with the worlds best trumpet players that I get call a colleague. Not matter the subject, I always continue to learn from Terry Everson!
This next photo is of John and Rose Marie Stover. At the end of our show, like most of our shows, sometimes the audience members come up and we get a chance to talk with them. Unbeknown to me, this couple came up and took me on a trip down memory lane. The last time I saw them was in Winchester, VA when I was finishing my Masters at Shenandoah Conservatory…and they remembered me! Want to see the definition of “Patron,” especially in the arts…here you go!
Third Stop: Akron, Ohio
The third stop was at EJ Thomas Hall at the University of Arkon. Now, this hall was truly special. In addition to being a wonderful hall, it held a multitude of wonderful engernering secrets. Check this out.
Just check out these pictures…
In addition to playing in these types of Halls, I get to have musical conversations with some wonderful people. William Leathers and Dr. Brittany Lasch.
Final Stop: Scottsbluff, Nebraska
The last and final stop was at the Midwest Theatre in Scottsbluff, NE.
At first glance, the hall doesn’t look that inviting…but when you walk in, you are blown away by this hidden gem in Scottsbluff, NE.
I feel truly blessed to be able such wonderful [musical] conversations with some incredible people that push me to become a better musician. But most importantly, a better human being. Thanks for stopping by and see you at the next gig!