Here’s the good news — guitarist John Scurry has announced some regular gigs for his lively band REVERSE SWING (which also features my multi-instrumentalist friend Michael McQuaid, trumpeter Eugene Ball, string bassist Leigh Barker, and singer Heather Stewart.
I looked at my calendar in the kitchen and saw that Thursdays in March were fairly free. Ten dollars is a bargain for two hours of creative improvised music, certainly.
So how am I to get there?
I decided to check out the possible directions through Google Maps . . . and was somewhat dismayed. I read the first two of three stern warnings: “This route has tolls. This route includes a ferry.” I could deal with those details. But “This route crosses through Japan.” gave me pause, as did the distance: 16, 139 miles, and the proposed time: 56 days, 7 hours.
John, I might not make it in time.
But if any JAZZ LIVES readers are closer to Melbourne, I hope they will attend, fill the tip jar (or whatever they call it in Australia) lavishly, perhaps take a few neat videos, and report back. I can attend vicariously.