The "Galassini Gazette"??
Well, ok - here it goes.
I did not have as much time as I truly wanted because I arrived late (storm related delays). I missed a Wednesday night performance of the newest four manual Rodgers organ that I heard was thrilling.
Thursday was a day of squeezing two days worth of work into one, so I did not take nearly as many pictures as I have in the past, but I digress.
A surprise to me was the Bluthner digital piano. Its interface is not as polished as Roland or Yamaha, but I was surprised by the instrument. I enjoyed playing it - and the fact that Bluthner puts it out is a breath of fresh air to me.
There were fewer piano companies displaying than I can remember. The "piano room" was smaller but it also gave more of an opportunity to discuss the instruments, crawl around them, and chat easily with colleagues and vendors.
Here are a few pictures:
Jazz pianist Makoto Ozone (at the keyboard) discusses a Schimmel grand with Joey Calderazzo (Standing wearing a peach tie) and Vladimir Zaglavsky, a dealer friend in NJ. You can see the back of Branford's head in the picture.
This is a really bad picture of the 50000th Bosendorfer, a model 225. This piano was gorgeous and it played beautifully, simply beautifully.
Hanging with Branford Marsalis after the Thursday night private concert at Schimmel. There was all of 25 people in attendance. (Friday was open to all NAMM members). At the private performance Joey played and talked in a way that made you feel like we were all sitting in his living room. He and Branford chatted openly about each tune - and sometimes during them. It was a glimpse into the process that any collaborative musicians go through to make their art. (I might have heckled him just a little bit - we will wait for Joey's take on it)
Oh, Branford will be sorry we exchanged cell. numbers.
Playing a keyboard built for Lady Gaga - it was weird.
I enjoyed lunch in the sun with a group of familiar faces:
Front: Owen Lovell (our own terminaldegree) and his lovely wife Rachel.
Back: Basilios Strmec of Petrof, Sauter, and Hailun, Del Fandrich, and Larry Fine.
Many regulars here know Hugh Sung. He did a scheduled lecture on Airturn
and what it can do for musicians at the Hal Leonard booth. Of course I was there! Hugh is a great musician who also happens to be a genius. The guy doesn't sleep.
...and the weather did not include snow, wind, or below zero temperatures. That is always a big plus for NAMM!
My 2 cents,