What is the best aspect of Vail Jazz?
It’s about bringing great things to the community but playing it forward by having a program that allows select students to come study with masters of the art form. It’s a great opportunity for them and also great for us to meet the next bandleaders, composers, arrangers, and conductors.
What is the most memorable comment or compliment you’ve received?
All of the audience members who come up with tears in their eyes saying I played something that helped them get up through something. It’s what music does. It brings us all together.
What is your favorite pre-gig sipper?
A very dry martini, a little dirty with a blue cheese olive.
What is the most striking venue you have ever performed at?
Vail is certainly up there, looking at those mountains. Australia: the open land, Sydney, Melbourne… Australia might be number one.