Well I took a break from the studio build out to go to Europe with Maestro Sergio Mendes & Brazil 2015 for a short run of shows. As always, we had a blast. The thing I most like about this band, other than their incredible talent, is the hang. We all sincerely get along and, when you have to be away from home and the people you love, it always helps if you enjoy the people you tour with – and I do. We played at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. What makes this so special is, most all of the artists stay in the same hotel, which means you run into absolutely everybody the whole time you’re there and the musician hangs are always epic and pretty unforgettable! I had a chance to chat with legendary bassist, Ron Carter, who kindly informed me that, ” I still got a lotta gas left in my tank!”. Kleber Jorge, my Sergio Mendes bandmate, guitarist, composer and solo artist, and I had breakfast with John Patitucci and Marcus Miller, two of the baddest bass players on the planet! We had a fantastic and very inspiration conversation about music and life – and, of course, the bass! But if you’re going to talk about bass, why not do it with two monsters?!
We had a great show that night and then hung out and ran to everybody else’s shows. We saw Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea, Mary J. Blige, Alabama Shakes, Chaka Khan and ended the night by being funked out by D’Angelo! Got back to the hotel about 2:00AM and then the in-hotel jam session, where everybody & anybody joins in – until 5:00AM!! Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep on this trip
Next we headed to Brussels to play a wonderful theater in Old Brussels. We had another great show and, thanks to a friend and supporter of the band and Brazilian music in general, Fred Polet, we were surprised to see our Facebook profiles full of some great pictures he had taken from the show. Fred co-hosts a radio show about Brazilian music called Brazilian Blend. You can catch their show on Thursdays & Sundays at 9:00PM, Netherlands time, on . Here are just some of the shots he took of us in action –
Next we head to NYC & Toronto before playing Rock In Rio in September, for which we’re ALL excited! For the full schedule and details, click here or go to my SHOWS tab up top. While you’re here at the site, sit down, put your feet up and read everything, enjoy the pics in the gallery, follow, like or repost my Studio Blog. Just have a grand ole time! Also, don’t forget to hit me on all the social media sites cuz I’m there too and would love to have you join me in the journey – Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.