My first paying gig was just over a couple months ago; Saturday, April 1st to be exact. It was with contemporary jazz heavyweight & former Lionel Hampton protegeÃ© Jason "Malletman" Taylor and his band and we played at this private affair (it was a suprise birthday party) in Stoney Point, NY. I had a blast sitting in with his band on a previous gig last summer and so when he called me this year offering me a paying gig, I felt like a Jamaican seeing the snow for the first time! Anyhow, our repertoire ranged from smooth jazz staples ("Breezin", Mr. Magic") to R&B/ funk classics ("Boogie Wonderland", Sweet "Sticky Thing"), to Malletman originals. We played it all from Patrice Rushen to Luther Vandross to Janet Jackson and we really rocked the house. I can't figure out how I managed to play as well as I did what with all the BEAUTIFUL women lined up on one dancefloor! Lol At the conclusion of the gig I was handed a check for $70 . That was an awsome experience that I shall always cherish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Malletman.