I got to play in the festival with no rehearsal with Steve Altenberg and Mr. Goudsmit. It was a chance to participate in some really European playing which had a certain looseness and energy that I had not experienced before. a lot of fun. I also got to hang a little with the band and chat about the scene in Holland... Turns out Ben Van Gelder is from Gronigen and his dad owns the only all-jazz record store in the Netherlands. Neat. Who knew?
After the show we saw a great funk/R&B/Gospel group on the main stage and then an underground free jam after midnight. A real slice of the music community here!