Then came the 2013 Philippine International Jazz Festival last Feb. 26 on Solo Piano Night Festival at the Ayala Museum in Makati with Tim Lyddon and Grammy-nominated, Eldar Djangirov. Just to perform with these guys is quite an honor!
Then, of course, my Mother's 97th birthday on March 9! Awesome! This is really why I come home every year for her birthday and family.
And, oh, yes, my pilgrimage to the Holy Land! This I have to talk about separately 'cause it's simply special! It's something so deep and personal, I don't even know where to begin my story. But I'll tell you, anyway, as it's simply too beautiful a story, a journey, not to share.
Great recording! We're here at 25th Street Studio in Oakland. Norman is doing 2 songs with the big band, the other song, Love for Sale. Another great song!
Great musicians like Wayne Wallace, Mary Fetig, Santana band members, Jeff Cressman and Bill Ortiz, and an all-star cast of players! Exciting, really! Most of them have left now. Norman is recording with a small band now, a modern jazz composition of his, Tattered Remnants, with interesting instrumentation - piano, bass, flute, trumpet, trombone, timbales and congas, no drums. Beautiful song, I wish I had written it! And just as I said it, Fred Catero, Grammy-nominated album engineer, asked,"Did you write that song?"
Wow, what an honor, I wish! Proud of you, Mahal.
MANNY MOKA Big Band
I'm back, my friends. Missed you all.