Michael Engdahl

February2016

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New York’s Finest in the Midwest

Take care of the music and the rest will take care of itself. This past week I attended a masterclass held at the University of Kansas with flugelhornist John Raymond and his group Real Feels featuring guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan. The group is in the middle of the second leg of their tour promoting their new album. This tour has taken them all over the country giving multiple performances and masterclasses. In the last couple years, I’ve become familiar with Gilad and Colin’s work, not only as leaders, but as in-demand sidemen in New York City. Through them I was introduced to John Raymond which led me to discover his large body of work, the tour, and this masterclass. Needless to say, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a road trip (KU is roughly 2 and half hours north of Wichita) and to see these players[…]

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