A bit of news…. I am currently working on my new CD. All of the New England snow days, 30” of snow on the ground and more on the way, are giving me a good reason to focus on recording in my studio. The CD is scheduled for release this year.
I am also excited that I have been invited back to perform in the Festival International de Jazz in Naguanagua 2011. We met with the Head of the Festival, Ana Colmenares in Boston last month. She is also coordinating appearances for me in Caracas. It is always good to get back to Venezuela and play with the excellent musicians that I have performed with on previous occasions and get to see friends that I have made in past trips to Venezuela.
One of the highlights of my last trip was to teach a music workshop with the students and staff of the Universidad of Carabobo Conservatory. It was also a pleasure to play for the U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy and the Mayor of Naguanagua, Alejandro Feo La Cruz and other dignitaries. The people in the audience were amazing. We also had the unexpected ‘pleasure’ of a wind storm appearing during our second song of our performance. Marcos Tovar, Manuel Lara, Miguel Chacon and Jose Simon Bolivar did an amazing job in spite of only one rehearsal that morning and their music charts flying across the stage.
Check the videos on YOU TUBE under Doug Jones Music or Doug Jones Naguanagua posted by Jose Simon.