The first time I ever heard of the Blues Alley was when Wynton Marsalis recorded his album there. It's been one of the great jazz clubs in the US. This was the first time I've seen a concert there and went to hear my hero, friend, and mentor Mr. Jon Faddis, one of the greatest trumpet players to ever live. Little did I know I'd be playing. I didn't bring my horn but I almost always carry my mouthpiece with me, which was a bit of a problem with TSA this time, but Jon invited me up to play West End Blues, a song that has a bond between us, because he made me learn it while staying at his house one time, and he had to help me because he said he didn't want a roommate for life! LOL Jon let me use his horn (which I have ordered the same one and they are currently making it for me) and it's always interesting if I will be able to play this cold with no warm up or anything. Sometimes it goes ok, and sometimes well, can we do a take 2? LOL It's always an honor to be asked and surreal really that I have this opportunity. I never take it for granted and all the cats in the band are always so encouraging and nice to me. Thank you Jon for everything over the years. Owe you so much! And thank you to Laurelyn for the gift commemorating the time I got to share the stage with my hero at this famed jazz club! Thank you Liz for helping to document the occasion. I am indeed blessed!
Max Colley III
Spirit Filled Jazz Musician