Essentially Ellington is always a special time. First because it's never guaranteed. But each group is different and it's always a dream realized. It was weird for me this year because I hadn't been out with the group much because of my home situation. But everyone made me feel part of the family and it was so good to see my friend Marc about as relaxed as he could be! This is always a family reunion getting to see all my mentors, heroes and friends. I went and saw my new friend Vanessa Rubin at Mezzro which I had not been to before. Caleb braved the weather with me which was pretty much awful the whole time. Although I did not get much physical rest, I got my emotional tank fueled up which was needed for what I had to face upon arriving home.
Max Colley III
Spirit Filled Jazz Musician