May has given us a taste of summer with some sweltering days, but we still get reprieves of cooler weather and spring rains. As a sometime gardener I do appreciate the rain. My big satisfaction this spring is a crop of artichokes which I’ve started sharing with friends. My mom makes a delicious hollandaise sauce and I always associate that with artichokes. But I’m too lazy and set in my ways to learn how to make it, so I make do with lemon & butter, or throw together some kind of remoulade with mayonnaise, hot sauce and whatever else falls into my hand. Really, the artichokes are so deliciously fresh they taste magical just by themselves.
Musically it has been a productive spring as well. I finished up a semester playing with the ACC big band under the direction of Tom Husak (I love his arrangements, always fun & challenging to play). We closed the semester with a fun concert at the Clive Bar, with Redd Volkaert as the featured artist.
I’ll be playing a show in June with my old compadre Graham Reynolds and the Golden Arm Trio. It will be a concert in the park in Houston, June 6. I’ll have a few more shows in June and then it’s off to New England to play and teach for several weeks. That will still leave plenty of Texas summer for me when I get back in August. Gotta love it!