Greetings and salutations. I'm currently sitting in the Stadtgarten's café, taking advantage of their complimentary WiFi and killing time before tonight's soundcheck. I've spent the past two days in intensive rehearsal with the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and I'm frankly blown away by their passion, dedication and musicianship. Of course, it helps to have people like Marko Lackner (lead saxophonist for Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra) on board, but these cats can all play, for real. I'm really looking forward to tonight's hit.
The gig will also be going out on WDR 3 radio at 11 PM tonight local time -- that's 5 PM New York time, in case you want to catch the stream.