© photo by Rich Samuels
I spent last week in San Francisco and Berkeley with Moksha. The band has been on a two-week tour and they brought the horns out for 3 nights of Phish Aftershow Parties. Phish played the 3 nights at the Greek Theater in Berkeley and we were at Blakes on Telegraph following the Phish shows.
Before the shows, we had two great days of rehearsal in San Francisco with Jennifer Hartswick and Jeff Cressman. Jennifer plays trumpet with Trey Anastasio Band and also leads the Jennifer Hartswick Band. She plays great trumpet and is a killing singer. Jeff Cressman is playing trombone with Santana these days, but he has played with Phish in the past and his daughter, Natalie, plays trombone in Trey’s band now (What a family, huh?!?!) Jeff graciously let us use his house for rehearsals and it was a great space.
The shows went off really well. The crowds and the music got better every night. Jennifer and Jeff, on top of being top-notch musicians, are both great people and it was awesome to hang with them and make music together. I can honestly say that last weekend was the most fun I’ve had as a musician in a long time. I hope to do it again soon.
Here is a little video taken by somebody at one of the shows. I’m playing tenor.