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Italy gigs for September and October 2017

I will be in Italy starting September 26 though October 10 for recording and various show dates with Soul/Funk singer Bobby Soul. Very much looking forward to these shows as well as a Super Jam, many hours non stop of improvisation for the master of it all Birthday, Christopher (Chris) Boulet on September 28 at Parco Fistomba in Padova. Many very special guests to be announced soon. 

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Gigs and Recording in Italy - Fall 2017

I'll be heading to Italy again this Fall for to do some recording of flute with singer Bobby Soul in Genoa. Hopefully a few gigs with same. Then around September 28 for a countless hours improvisation jam session by the man who started it all Chris Boulet. Hopefully we will be including producer Ronan Chris Murphy for this one as he will be in the area teaching a seminar. It will also be Chris' birthday so this one should be extra fun. More info as it comes in. Meanwhile, if you are in the Austin area we are still doing our improv shows and jams Jazz OUTside at Kenny Dorham's Backyard every fourth Thursday of the month. I think September or October will the the last for this years series. weather permitting. 

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and so it goes

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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45 B-Side and Excited to Work With Drummers Schroeder and Mastelotto

Sept. 16, 2005

Life can take some interesting turns while you are making other plans. Let's just say that sometimes the bad guys win but often something else comes along to make up for it. In this case a great lineup for 45-B Side, the 45 hour non-stop jam show in Padua on Oct. 9, 10 , 11. Two of my favorite drummers are on hand, Pat Mastelotto and Schroeder, I have not played with Pat for a long time but I can tell you that Schroeder is one bad mother so the two of them together should prove to be interesting to say the least. Other guests include touch guitarist Markus Reuter, Indian via Germany keyboard man T.L., friends Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Alex Arcuri, Pietro Valente, and many more, too many to list here. Hopefully Johnny and Penny will make it down as well. Please visit www.factory04.com for more information.

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Good News from New Orleans

Sept. 12, 2005

Just found out that one of our friends from New Orleans is OK and made it to Texas with family and will be going to stay in MO for a bit. He saw his house on video and it appears that only the bottom floor was flooded. We are talking about helping to welcome back the music of New Orleans with a marathon jam like 45 when it is possible. Latest reports show that the French Quarter and surrounding areas might be open in 3 or 4 months. Let's hope so. This is a wonderful town.

45 B-Side is in full swing for Oct. 9,10,11 in Italy with special guests Pat Mastelotto, Ronan Chris Murphy, P. Mike III, Schroeder, TL and many more. See www.factory04.com for more information.

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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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45 Happening in Padova with Tony Levin and More!

April 13, 2005

Long time no update. Must be Italy. Anyway we are busy tracking for the next CD, doing guitar parts in my apartment in Padova. Also working with Ronan Chris Murphy and P. Mike III on some guitar looping ideas for some upcoming shows. See Tour Dates for more info. The big news is "45" the 45 hour non stop improv music event here in Padova which is attracting a lot of attention and we have been honored by the great Tony Levin to have him on bass and stick for much of the event along with Cookie Marenco and friends, DJ Butthouse, Ronan and tons of other great musicians from around the globe, some of name we can not mention for legal reasons. Should be a blast. www.factory04.com

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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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