Jazz at the 2019 Wyoming Medical Society Meeting, Jackson Lake Lodge
This was a fun time
We had the real pleasure of playing jazz at the Friday night reception for the Wyoming Medical Society annual meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge on May 31. It was wonderful evening and such a delight to play for my friends in medicine from around the state–even some from out-of-state. I can think of no lovelier a place to be than Grand Teton National Park and nothing more fun than playing jazz for my friends accompanied by great musicians.
What made this evening special
Part of what made the evening so special was the fact that I was able to play with three musicians that I just love–Mike Richards on alto sax, Mike Patton on piano, and Marty Camino on bass.
Mike Richards is originally from Cheyenne, and I loved playing with him when he lived here. Mike graduated with a degree in jazz performance from Purchase College, SUNY. He is now living in Jackson, working for the Teton Music Festival, and playing with the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole. He’s a killer alto sax player, and it was such a treat to be able to play with him again.
Mike is an amazing musician. Based in Victor, Idaho, Mike teaches piano and music theory, performs, and arranges. He worked as a pianist, arranger and music director on cruise ships for years, so he can play anything. He has played with many bands in the Jackson area. Before moving to Idaho, he toured and recorded with Project Bluebook for two years, notable recording Cheetah Speed produced by Alan Evans of Soulive (I love this band). Mike was able to use the grand piano at the Jackson Lake Lodge which made his performance even more special. Here’s a clip of his playing with Batdorf & Brother Wolf.
Marty is a killer bassist. He granduated from UW and now lives in Jackson and plays with One Ton Pig, a Wyoming-based band melding the singer-songwriter tradition of artists like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson with genre-bending jam-band styles. It’s a fingerprint aesthetic that blurs lines between folk, jazz, bluegrass, and rock. Their critically acclaimed fourth album, “Lastville,” was released in June 2015. Here’s Marty on bass with One Ton Pig.
Thank you, Sheila, Maria, Kandice, and Whitney
Thanks go to the Wyoming Medical Society and especially to Sheila Bush, the executive director for having us as well as Maria Cowley, Kandice Hansen and Whitney Harmon from WMS for organizing everything. Thanks, as well, to everyone who came, enjoyed the music–and especially to those who danced.
Who knew doctors could dance so well?