Welcome everyone...I have some updates, info, and new products for you.
We are in the home stretch on the Channel One DVD, we hope to have it ready by early May. I just saw the cover art and it is beautiful. This is a superb project, and Steve Michelson, my co-producer, has outdone himself again. The good news is that this DVD will be in much wider distribution. You will see it Blockbuster, Virgin, and all the major chains!! YAY! Lightyear is the distribution company and they will also release the West Side Story set in the same venues. We love them.
Two new Buddy's Buddies CD are just about to be released. The same cast of characters are involved. Steve Smith, Steve Marcus, and Andy Fusco, along with Baron Browne, and Mark Soskin. It was recorded live at Ronnie Scotts club in London last summer. Be sure to check it out. Set One will be out any minute! Special thanks to Mike Varney.
The movie is on track, our screenwriter Colman DeKay, is readying his script, and with any luck at all, we will be on our way to production later this year. I will keep everyone up to speed on this one. The education I have gotten about the movie industry is invaluble..I have to mention my attorney and friend Daniel Siegel, who has fought the good fight for me on many occasions. He has done so once again and I want him to know how much I appreciate his friendship and integrity!
If you are in Las Vegas or planning a trip, run do not walk to the Bellagio hotel to see Jimmy Hopper. He is one of the great performers of our time. I can't say enough about him and his incredible band. I go to see them at least once a month and it's better every time. I have invited Jimmy's drummer, Jamie Borden to take part in this years Buddy Rich Memorial concert. His playing is spectacular. Check out their website JimmyHopper.com!
There is so much talent in Las Vegas, it's scary. Go see the Steven Lee Band also at the Bellagio, with my dear friend Adam Shendal on drums. This is another great band with amazing players.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the brand new Sam Ash Mega Store in Las Vegas. Check out Steve Arnold and his crew at this beautiful new store. They have everything and then some! Maryland Parkway between Sahara and Desert Inn!
I am also working with Don Lombardi of DW Drums on a video project about Buddy. This will be an educational video that actually breaks down, in slow motion, the techniques that Buddy used. (He didn't know they were techniques because they were natural for him.) I have seen some footage and narration and this will prove to be an amazing video. It will probably be ready to go by year's end.
The winner of the Trivia Contest is Carlton Weiss of Ohio! Congrats on your quick reply! The correct answer is... An XKE Jaguar! I think that one was too easy. I'll have to come up with harder questions for the next one!
Have a great Spring and I will update soon!
Support our troops in Iraq, and let's pray they come home safe and soon!