Winning and losing

I was in the studio this week, finishing up my new single. We recorded in New York at my boy ADan Perez Alletone Studios and at Vijay Iyer’s studio in Chicago. It’s an original composition, but I can’t give you the title just yet. I know the title, I’m just not gonna disclose that information at this particular time.

Monday was dope, I played at the Whistler in Logan sq with drummer Quin Kirchner, and bassist Matt Ullery. We got into some hard grooves, from UMMG, to Speak No Evil, and the gorgeous Falling Grace. We had a full house, elbow room only crowd on a Monday night. It reminded me of the uptown jam at Smoke Jazz Club in NYC. Good vibes.

On Tuesday. I played with Carolyn Fitzhugh Quartet. We performed at the Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Music Series. I was excited to see so many people there. The last time I attended this series was before moving to NY, in 2008-09. And this is a full blown operation, with food, drinks and ample space to sit. Some were right by the stage and others doing their picnic thing on the grass. It was nice. I’m grateful to be working with Carolyn, we are closing out the month at the Chicago Jazz Fest.

Tonight is Friday, and I had a private concert with my quartet for my son’s school annual picnic. Later, I closed out the night playing one of my favorite games, pool. We were on a winning streak ladies and gentlemen. My eyes locked in to hers, with an incredible energy between us, and I was truly intrigued by her, and her circumference. I took my shot and scratched on the 8 ball. Here’s my philosophy on winning and losing a game of pool. Some make it in and some don’t. Why? I don’t know, it just is.

Darwin Noguera