Its 3:44am and I just got home from the newly refurbished Ronnie Scotts jazz club in London's Soho "one of the world shrines to jazz". I am quoting Mr Wynton Marsalis whom I have just had the absolute joy of witnessing giving a bravura performance with his quintet at the club. What a master - I am dumb struck at the mans virtuossity, musicality, generosity and humility. It was a rare concert tonight, totally accoustic with a sell out crowd in rapt attention throughout. I will post a more comprehensive review when I can think straight tomorrow. All in all its been quite a week so far. Yesterday I met up wirth Pat Harbison to get the benefit of his first hand experience with the teachings of Carmione Caruso. Pat is here teaching on the Aebersold summer school in Richmond and he was kind enough to do without his mid morning break to squeeze in a private lesson for me - a very rewarding experience. Today he came along to see the evening performance of the Producers - he would have joined me at Ronnies but the gig was a complete sell out weeks ago. Also by chance the Norwegian Eclipse Dealer, Tron Syversen was in the audience at the show with his daughter, on a last minute shopping trip to London. I introduced Tron and Pat to each other and to the rest of the trumpet section , Ben Gant and Lance Kelly - we are all playing Eclipse MY these days. Actually later in the club I met up with Matt Winch and Jay Phelps so it was Eclipse 4 - Monette 1 -hmmmm...... that's not really relevent in the great scheme of things I suppose but it was a great hang! I knew that an espresso at 2:00am wasn't great idea but if you ever come to London, Bar Italia right opposite Ronnies has the very best java in town. I'll hit the hay now and if I have any time tomorrow between my revitalised practice sessions, I'll attempt a more coherent post or two. Over and out. Noel.