Summer brain

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Wed Jul 23 4:06pm

Ah the lazy, hazy days of summer. With festival post-mortems completed, final reports underway, and reconciliations in progress, these few quiet weeks provide a welcome opportunity to catch up on reading, listening, watching and percolating which the busy planning months don't always allow.

Those of you who know me outside of the blogosphere may be aware of what has been an unexpectedly hectic few weeks. Jeanette and I were looking forward to spending time this summer adjusting to life as a family of four (Oscar is now two months old, his older sister Adelaide will be three next month); what we weren't expecting was to have our landlord announce she was selling the house! It was a bit of a scramble, but we've found a new rental. There's still the packing, moving, unpacking, settling in and other fun details which come with moving…but at least now we know where we are moving to.

All that to say, my brain has been a little foggier than usual for this time of year, and I've been especially relishing the quieter summer schedule. Still, I'm aiming to make each day productive. Today, for example, I've listened to Zoe Henderson's album A Someday Thing; Brothers in Brahms featuring the duo of Joel Quarrington (bass) and David Jalbert (piano); and Alfredo Rodriguez' The Invasion Parade is currently spinning in the CD player. I've read an article on jazz and turntablism, which directed me to a video of Kid Koala creating a trumpet solo out of a trumpet solo. I've watched the "60 Minutes" piece on Marcus Roberts. And I've compiled a list of the various shows happening at performing arts centres in and around Toronto this year (read: the competition). My highlight from Monday was FINALLY reading a five-part interview with Rudy van Gelder.

In the next few weeks I'll be compiling the 2014-2015 version of my annual wish list. It's an ever-growing, ever-changing list; I always enjoy perusing agent lists and scanning lineups from other jazz festivals to see what might be of interest. Soon after it will be time to start reaching out to agents…and before you know it the 2015 festival will be here.

But first - I gotta pick up some moving boxes, hug my family, and maybe have a beer.

How are you spending your summer?