Last evening I had the great joy of playing for the birthday/graduation birthday party for a very special person, Heather. She turned 21 and graduated from high school. Her parents invited me to provide music for the event and told me some old friends of theirs would be coming up from California, and oh by the way they are musical and it would be fun if we could do some music together. Well, it turned out to be none other than my old friend Bruce Babad and his wife Jan and sons Miles and Julian. Talk about small world! I have played and recorded with Bruce on multiple projects over the last 20 years.
Bruce is an incredible sax and woodwind player. I am at a loss to come up with the right adjectives for his talent. His playing is so lyrical and fluid. The ultimate in taste. Although we have been on a couple of recording projects over the last 10 years, we haven’t actually been in the studio at the same time, so it has been quite a while since we were together in real time. Ultimate joy! He gave me a copy of his Paul Desmond tribute album, recorded live at the A-Frame in L.A. You must check it out!!
The Babad family and I leading a sing-a-long of “Lean On Me”