So Pro Tools 10 is almost out...

Pro Tools 10 is out!
I've always thought I would have more projects out if I had Pro Tools at home. Maybe it's just that feeling of implied productivity that is part of the hope of buying something new. I never did buy Pro Tools although I've had experience with the program (from the free/limited version years again and from sessions). It's definitely the industry standard for music and audio production, so I can understand why everybody wants it and why colleges and universities train on it.

So Pro Tools 10 is out (or nearly). I've done a bit of research and it looks pretty good - but I'm still on the fence about the cost vs. how much I would actually use it. I'm sure having it would generate new projects but I think about the slippery slope of this-- well I have Pro Tools 10, so NOW I have to get some better microphones, etc, etc, ... or a nice Hamburg Steinway piano!


Andy McWain Quartet featuring Dino Govoni

8 September 2011
AHA! Night - Arts, History, and Architecture.
Downtown, New Bedford, MA;
Kaller Building Stage, Behind Whaling Museum--

 presented by Whaling City Sound:

Andy McWain Quartet featuring Dino Govoni

  • Andy McWain, piano
  • Dino Govoni, saxophone
  • Sean Farias, acoustic bass
  • Chris Poudrier, drums

All originals by Andy McWain.
2 sets: 5:30pm and 7:15pm
Free. (Rain location Bank near No Problemo)


Support Live Jazz!

If you have a chance to hear live jazz music this time of year, do it! Whether you go to a jazz festival like Newport, Toronto, Montreal, or just check out great clubs in Boston, Providence, New York, or elsewhere, hearing artists improvise live can be an amazing experience. I can remember many shows, concerts, gigs I have heard, as if they were just yesterday!
Go hear live music!

I've always felt that giving jazz concert tickets also makes a great birthday or Christmas gift too. It gives you a chance to share your love of music with friends or relatives! I'm not saying you need to send your jazz newbies to see Wayne Shorter Quartet or John Hollenbeck, but giving them tickets to see Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, the Bad Plus, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, or Keith Jarrett, among others, might make a really great, life-altering experience! Did you first see jazz live when someone brought you to a club or concert?

There have been many stories written in recent years about the number of jazz artists who don't really apprentice, but rather learn this art form by listening to CDs/mp3s, transcribing, jamming with peers, and in college or university music programs. These are all valid ways to learn the music, but force yourself to go listen to veteran improvisors -- sit in when you can -when it's appropriate, and stay afterwards!

Whether its on Rhapsody or Spotify or iTunes, or just CDs, or even albums -- enjoy jazz music at home and on-the-go, but be sure to catch some LIVE as well!


Concert/Gig In Marion, Massachusetts - 8/12/2011

Dave Mitton's Outside Arts Collective

An evening of original and standard jazz with:

• David Mitton on Saxophone,
• Mike Ashley on Drums,
• Mike Lavoie on Bass
and • Andy McWain on piano.

Where: The Marion Art Center, 
80 Pleasant Street, 
Marion, MA 02738
When: 7pm, 
Friday, August 12, 2011
Tickets: $10/at the door