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Naturally, the holidays involve lots of time spent reading and this year is no different. Helping me to cross the bridge from this year to the next is The Miles Davis Reader, which I added to my order when I renewed my Downbeat Magazine subscription...first of all, I know it's old-school but I love finding out about new music on the radio and from magazines. I love being able to carry that news around with me, and having it just be news about music and not also a phone. Anyway, I'm getting ready to dig into this collection of interviews & essays written across the span of Miles Davis' professional life. One of the most beautiful things about music is that there is always something new to learn. It's infinite...

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Every New Year, I always have a feeling of anticipation, hope and curiosity (sometimes trepidation!) about what the new year will bring...it's a feeling of chance. Luckily, the pianist who has probably influenced me the most, Kenny Kirkland, composed a tune called Chance and here is a clip from a concert that I played almost a year ago at Good Samaritan UMC in Cupertino, where we perform it. That evening I had the great good fortune to be playing with Aaron Germain (bass) and Dillon Vado (drums)...

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I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day playing two holiday services at a Benedictine monastery in Portola Valley (Woodside Priory). The monks very graciously let me stay over night in the guest house so that I wouldn't be out on the road late at night (the first service was midnight mass). Not surprisingly, the sudden disconnect from the whirring noise of the internet and my own mind turned out to be exactly what I needed at that moment, and set the tone for a meaningful finish to 2019. The most powerful wisdom is always the simplest...

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