Hey everyone, I was accompanying the Sacramento State Vocal Jazz group on piano this past weekend at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA.

 First off it was a blast. 

Monterey, CA, is absolutely beautiful. 

If you haven’t gone you definitely should. We saw tons of sea lions and otters all within 30 feet of us.

 Anyway, back to jazz, this is a great jazz festival for young upcoming school bands, and combos. 

A lot of the highschool’s and colleges in the area always enter this festival/competition. 

Eric Harland happened to be the guest artist here and did a masterclass which was pretty fun. 

I ended up recording it on my iphone and thought I’d share it with you.

He doesn’t talk too much about piano stuff but he does have a lot of wisdom about jazz in general and time. 

Listen for the question I ask towards the end. 

I think he gives a very good response that would be helpful to anyone listening. 

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