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About 2 hours remain in the Kickstarter campaign to fund my new Pepper Adams CD. Just after I posted last week, much to my delight, I exceeded the $7,000 funding goal. Again, many thanks to the 100 donors who believe in the project and believe in Pepper Adams.
Last week I was somewhat delirious from the fatigue of the fundraising campaign. Plus, I was having trouble with my iPad browser and the way it interfaces with Blogspot and Google. I'm taking steps to correct that, so thanks for your patience.
The great Thad Jones disciple, arranger Tony Faulkner, is working furiously on finishing a new set of tenet charts that he can bring with him to New York City in a few weeks to show drummer Tim Horner. Tim is co-leading the band (with trumpeter Ron Horton) that is recording live at Zeb's in New York on 9 November and again on 10 November at the Puffin Foundation in Teaneck, New Jersey. This recording, produced by Tim Horner, will be Volume 7 of my Complete Works of Pepper Adams series of recordings for Motema. I hope some of you can make the shows! It's great to have an knowledgeable audience!
We're premiering the tentet material in Detroit, with Scott Gwinnell's Dectet, at a concert at the Institute of Arts on 2 November. The instrumentation, replacing guitar with another trombone, is only slightly different from what we are recording a week later. I'm pleased that the Detroit concert is being recording for broadcast on NPR. I'll be sure to post the details, once known.
I'm meeting Tony Faulkner in New York on 22 August. He's flying in from England for two weeks. After meeting Tim for coffee, and the bandleader Diane Moser for pizza, the following day we're driving out to Skyline Studios in Warren, New Jersey, about an hour west of Manhattan, to mix and master the big band date. We'll be working with the very accomplished engineer Paul Wickliffe, who recorded the Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, among his many accomplishments. Wickliffe feels that we may have a Grammy contender. Because of his vast experience, Tony and I are following his lead on how to make the best possible CD to achieve a nomination.