Real Jazz Program Director Mark Ruffin gets to crux with Roy Guzman after the band’s broadcast recording at Sirius XM. Leo Brouwer, Wes Montgomery, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Scofield, Metheny, and the Berklee in Puerto Rico program; they all came up.
I’m reminded of the line from Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” — “on a plane ride so bumpy that I almost cried.” The air is choppy, the seat is flexing, and I’m thinking about how great the last 17 years at Berklee have been. And how much I don’t want them to end here, above the Maryland countryside, in an Airbus.
Wow, wasn’t I just here? Yep, I was. Three weeks ago, we were in DC at the Kennedy Center with the esteemed Liz Longley, her achingly beautiful songs, and her achingly beautiful band. Now I’m back, with five jazz players, set to do a radio broadcast, and play four shows.
The Roy Guzman Quintet will be all over Washington and the airwaves the next few days, as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.
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