Encumbrances

I feel like I have wandered for years in her streets. When I stumbled, she picked me up; when I was in danger, she guided my step to safety; when I was at my wits end, she sent me a sign. She has been my comfort, my destiny and my provocation. It is here that I have...

San Francisco Jazz Festival

I performed with the Maria Volonte Tango Jazz Ensemble at the SF Jazz Festival on May 31. Lately, Maria and I have been experimenting with fusing her Argentine music with my blues harmonica — and it works. After all, it makes sense. As Maria says, both tango and...
Music to my ears

Music to my ears

Today I’ll be performing at the San Francisco Jazz Festival in California, one of the world’s great music events – not bad for someone who can’t even read music. The situation makes me chuckle and has gotten me thinking about the curious paths that...

Trained or untrained

I set out on my bike at first light but there wasn’t much since it was raining. The sky was dark and the streets were wet but today was the day of my 100-mile ride and months before I had committed myself to doing those hundred miles today –- and I was going to...