Epic afternoon Saturday, four Jr. Recitals in one day. Congrats to Baltazar Montoya, Austin Ching Yiu Long, Keith Smith, and Nate Haiden for BRINGING IT – what amazing growth as musicians and humans, super proud of these guys!
We heard music by Bach, Pastorius, Guiliana, Childish Japes, Holdsworth, Hiromi, Vulfpeck, Corea, TOP, Mingus, Rush, Ray Brown, Herbie, Avishai Cohen, Weather Report & Wooten – all showcasing their virtuosity, eclectic sensibilities, and deep commitment to the path.
And – BIG thanks to the amazing LACM bass staff, who have guided and mentored so selflessly: Steve Billman, Tim Landers, Peter Boscovich, John Avila, Mark Browne, and Key Kim. Incredible, guys, I’m so grateful to each of you…
Special shoutout and thanks to Joey Heredia, Joey Navarro, and Michael Angel Alvarado, who ALWAYS went over and above the call – amazing!