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June 22, 2017

Getting my mind in the right space for a gig tonight at Kenny Dorham's Backyard in Austin.

It's been a bit of time since I last posted any news. Things are moving along, just returned from another wonderful trip to Italy performing some great soul and R&B with Bobby Soul. www.bobbysoul.com Speaking of Italy, my first meeting about immigrating to Italy will be July 13 at the Italian Council in Houston, one can only guess at how this may go but I will keep you up to date as it moves along.

Did I mention I'm back to playing flute and focusing on flute and tenor sax, still playing guitar but not much unless called for as for my own enjoyment I am really digging flute and sax gigs these days.

Thinking back on my many years, 47 years ago was my first paid gig, a bit of a snag, about 10 years away from music due to unforeseen circumstances but it's been a blast since.

If all goes as planned I will be back in Italy for some gigs and recording in September or October.

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A Successful Austin Super Session!

November 14. 2013
We had a very successful Super Session - non-stop super long jam, in Austin November 3, setting the record for the longest non-stop improvisation in Austin and beyond. Hoping to someday break the world record we set in Italy of 45 hours.

On the tour dates front, working again with Chris Boulet on booking for duos in Italy with him on spoken word. We also will do some shows with Dave Laczko as WD-41 and special guests. All of these shows will be in Italy in April. Hoping also to do some April shows with the Open Ear Consortium again in Italy and May shows with Shrunken Head Shop in Germany. I will post the confirmed dates in the Tour section soon.

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HEY! It Was Chris Boulet!

Sept. 24. 2005

As we gear up the the next 45 hour jam in Italy we have been getting a lot of press. In our press releases we have mentioned many names that get edited, names of promoters, backers. musicians, etc.One of these is Chris Boulet whom without there would be no 45 or 33 and 1/3 or 14 or lots of other events in the Veneto region of Italy. His crazy idea to have a 14 hour long jam is what got myself, Schroeder and Tony Levin to want to do 33 1/3 although Tony did not make it until the first 45. Editors tend to be the sorts that search a name, in this case often the All Music Guide and make a judgement call from there. Since Chris Boulet has only had indie releases with limited distribution it is not likely his name would come up on so many lists, much of the greatest talent does not, as these lists tend to be major label promoted. But, that being said most music critics and editors names never come up either on similar lists, unless they write for the NY Times, DownBeat or Rolling Stone. Catch my drift here? It is thier job to cut things to fit in a paper or magazine and they do what they feel is best to make it a good read but not always leading to a better read. So, let me take this moment to tell you all that without the many varied talents of Chris Boulet these events would not have happened or be happening. Thank you Chris.

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A Show on the Water, Germany, and a New Version of Spiral Out

May 6, 2005

Getting ready for a small tour of Germany and some sightseeing and visiting with friends Schroeder, Penny and Johnny. We have shows booked for the 10th in Freiburg and the 15th in Wurzburg and hopefully one more somewhere in between.


We are still recovering from “45” the 45 hour non-stop improvisation marathon which ended April 26th. There was a great turnout to see some great jams with Tony Levin, Schroeder and others and some special moments with members of the Italian band Mariposa, some ambient magic with Ronan Chris Murphy, Cookie Marenco, Tony and P. Mike III. I don’t think Cookie and friend John Capobianco quite knew what they were getting into but a great time was had by all. Thanks for the trumpet John and thanks Tony for some magic jams. I will post some photos soon of all the madness. A special thanks to those mentioned above and to Chris Boulet, Pietro Valente, Alex Arcuri, the mad man from Wales Andrew, Enrico Crivellaro, members of Astralia, Johnny B. Gomer, all the folks at Factory04, Cantina Musicali and the Region of Veneto and many others whom even though not listed did a wonderful job of contributing, just too many to list. See www.facory04.com for more information. We are planning B-Side for the fall and “78” for next year. Look out!!!


I have a local show coming up here in Padova (Padua to you in the states) on June 5th on the water near my apartment with bassman Alex Arcuri and drummer Pietro Valente.
You will see that we are updating the site with a new look and feel so check back often for new photos, news and sounds.


After a couple of weeks visit from Producer Ronan Chris Murphy we have plans for a new version of “Spiral Out” to be released in the states and EU soon with a bonus track and plans for some live recordings in the summer in LA to be used for a new release.


That about covers it, I hope.
Take care,
Willie

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Excited to be Working with Ronan Chris Murphy Again!

February 20 2005

I am very excited to be working again with producer, mixer Ronan Chris Murphy on a second CD that will also feature the King Crimson rhythm section, Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin. We are in the basic talks now and we will be recording around the end of April, mostly in Italy.

We are booking shows for duets and full bands for the spring and summer including shows in Germany and Italy and hopefully other parts of the EU, including "45" a 45 hour non stop improvisational concert in Padova. This is part of a continuing madness that started years ago in the mind of Chris Boulet who started with a 6 plus hour non stop show then a 14 hour non stop show and then the infamous 33 1/3 show last year and now comes 45. Should be a blast as always. Stay tuned.

Until next time, don't hide in the Bush.

Willie

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Successful 33 1/3 Hours Super Session and Master Classes

Oct. 19, 2005

Well, we are just resting here in Padova after a very successful 33 1/3 hour non-stop improvisation at Banale Club with many great musicians from around the world. A special thanks to all the folks at Banale and Megabass for helping to make it all possible. Drummer Schroeder and his girl Penny (Sylvia Oelkrug-violin) were real sports about hanging in through all of it good or bad. Mostly good I am happy to report. Schroeder, Penny, myself and members of East Rodeo (Alen and Nenad Sinkauz) had a show the night before at VS artGallery in Padova which was a good warm up for 33 1/3 and a very successful show to help promote improvisational music in Italy. Thanks to Davide, Nicoletta, the Region of Veneto, ACIS and folks like Vittoria Nalin at Cantina Musicale for helping to promote creative music and art.


Speaking of improv music events, Chris Boulet, the mind behind 14 and 33 1/3 is already working on 45, yes 45 hours non-stop. The venue and date are tentative but look for it around the end of April 2005 somewhere near Padova Italy. I am sure I will co-host the event and Schroeder will be on hand.

Also this month we had some successful recording master classes with Producer/mixer Ronan Chris Murphy who you should know from his work with Crim and many others. A very special thanks to Alberto Roveroni for the use of his studio Frabbrica del Suono and his great abilities.


The first week of November we head to Slovakia for the Jazz Fest in Kocise. Check the tour dates page for more information. I am really looking forward to this show. The Czech Reb. gigs are off until Spring 2005 so I will again find myself in the land of the apathetic, some call it America, by mid November unless I can pull a rabbit out of my hat. So if any of you in the states want to do anything besides watch TV just give me a call. There may be some time for a few shows near the end of my stay there and perhaps a seminar with RCM in Arizona.


Well that be it for now folks and don’t get too near the Bush, it can burn you.

Ciao,

Willie

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We are Wanted

June 12, 2004

I can't say it better than this man so I won't try. Please read this and then my addition to it below.

We presume too much for our musical heroes. We listen and then, it seems, we just know they're so good, we assume numerous fans feel the same way, providing at least enough artistic and economic support to sustain careers and keep that creative vision growing vigorously. This hypothesis may appear supported by a somewhat steady flow of recordings and sideman appearances, although they never seem to tour through your town. Presume nothing.

Taken from an interview with Marc Cary by Phil DiPietro in All About Jazz www.allaboutjazz.com

OK, so a lot of you write musicians and tell them you want them to perform in your town. OK, here's the deal; do not copy and exchange our material or download it for free! Go out and buy it! That will help to convince labels and booking agents that we are wanted. Then call your local clubs and booking agents and tell them to book us. Writing to us does not help. It just frustrates us as we are not in charge. We make the music, we don't book it outside of small shows usually in our own towns. We can't for several reasons. So do the above and help out.

Thanks and let's work together.

Meanwhile several shows are being put together in Italy for this summer so stay tuned for that and other dates. They do it right. Thanks to Chris Boulet and Voyage Show Agency for their help.

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Laying Some New Tracks

April 15, 2004

Been a long time since I posted any news but things like life get in the way sometimes. Just back from Italy last week and resting up here in Tempe near my family and getting ready to do some work with some US bands. More on that later. Italy is a blast and the only place I know where you can pull off something like we did in Padova, a 14 hour non stop improvisation with over 50 musicians from around the globe, thanks to the genius mind of Chris Boulet. Yes, we recorded all 14 hours and have some people weeding through it, so to speak. Chris is an amazing ball of talent who was nice enough to lone me some members of his band wowwhywow for the Italian shows and was the mad brain behind what is now known as "14". Is it true that 33 and 1/3 is next?! Someone help us!

Getting some good reviews of Spiral Out in magazines like www.allaboutjazz.com, JazzTimes and www.movimentiprog.it.

Looks like I will be working with the Hellboys on the next CD sometime in August. Sounds like fun and I will give more details as they come in. The first Hellboys CD is just out with, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Tony Geballe, Robert Fripp and members of California Guitar Trio all contributing. Not sure who will be on this next one but I am looking forward to laying in some tracks.

We have new "photos" and "tour dates" pages up and we will be posting more to them soon. We have a lot of photos of Italian shows to go through and some from shows in Japan as well. Most taken by my wife Sue Short who does not usually shoot band photos, but did a great job, focusing mostly on the artistic side of her craft with things like water reflections of famous places and buildings. We will post some of those soon too.

Hoping soon to build an Italian site linked to this one.

Well, that is about it for now. Watch your heads.

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