Thursday, November 1, 2007

Graham Dechter visits!

I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with one of my good guitarist friends from Eastman, Graham Dechter. Graham and I were freshmen together at Eastman in 04-05. He then left Eastman and is currently studying at Cal Arts in L.A. Presently he is on a European tour with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and happened to come through Vienna.

I was able to meet many of the band members, including Clay Jenkins, an Eastman trumpet professor touring with the band.

Ryan Porter, seen here next to Graham, came out with us this particular night. Ryan is a trombone player in the band. His other gigs include the American Idol band, and several funk bands in the L.A. area.

It was so good to see Graham, and to see an amazing concert. John Clayton, one of the founders of the band, is a world-renown bassist (both jazz and classical), composer, and arranger. I highly recommend seeing a performance of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra if the opportunity presents itself.

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