Many of you are familiar with my dear friend, the wonderful trombonist and composer, Michael Vlatkovich.

I had a chance to surprise him while he was on tour in Portland, Oregon last week. Trying to sneak into Tugboat’s unnoticed I heard Vlat’s unmistakable voice yelling, “Jeff Kaiser, Jeff Kaiser, Jeff Kaiser!” What a delight, to hear him performing his trio compositions for two trombones and drums…wonderful stuff.

The next day I went to hear Vlat play on Powell’s Butte with Rich Halley‘s group. Great music, in a beautiful scenic environment. My college friend and fellow trumpet player Garen Horgen came along, and we had a nice visit with Dottie Grossman (who rode up with Vlat) before the show.

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