NBJP:  If you could only own one CD, what would it be? 

TC:   No question it is Miles Davis “Round About Midnight”.  This was my first jazz record and I continue to learn from it and enjoy it more and more. 

NBJP:    What inspires you creatively?

TC:  Generally, I am inspired by people.  I actually try to write tunes for particular people, or about lessons I have learned from them or experiences I have had with them. 

NBJP:    What is your greatest fear?

TC: Failure…… but snakes are a close second.

NBJP:    What’s one liquid we’d ALWAYS find in your refrigerator?

TC: Seltzer water, but there is undoubtedly a beer or two in the fridge at all times too.

NBJP:    What’s your favorite city to play in?

TC:  That is a tough one.  I have been lucky enough to tour quite extensively and although I love playing in the major cities, I have had incredible experiences playing for people in cities that you would not necessarily connect with jazz.  These gigs many times feel even more special because the line between the band and the audience gets blurred a little easier and it becomes more about everyone having a great time together.  

NBJP:    What living musician do you admire most? Why?

TC: Unfortunately, several years ago we lost the musician I most admired the great “Prof.” Bill Fielder.  Now the musicians I most admire are the ones that have been able to sustain thriving creative careers for decades playing their own music while also developing a family, owning their own home, and staying connected to their communities.  Many of these musicians are not famous or critically heralded, but are artists of the highest order.  By their own perseverance and ingenuity they create opportunities for their music and live the life they want to live.  I have the pleasure of playing and co-leading the band New Tricks with one of these people.

NBJP:    What quality do you like least about yourself?

TC: I unfortunately allow myself to delve into negative thoughts too often.  I am working hard to eradicate this.


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