A new friend at Berklee

A few days ago, I was minding my own business, working on an arrangement, when I received a message from my friend and great supporter of Trees, Howard Jackson. Howard had introduced the First Trees album ‘Heart of Oak’ to his friend Daniel Smith, a very fine reeds player and Professor of Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Howard wanted to share Daniel’s reaction with me. Here it is:

“Howard!!!! This is brilliant! I can’t begin to thank you enough for sharing this with me. You just made my day. Really beautiful sounds. What impresses me the most is not just how beautiful the music is and the size of the ensemble, but how much everyone is enjoying themselves. And there is much joy in the music they play as well.”

I have since been in touch with Daniel and sent him a copy of Heart of Oak. We have also discussed the possibility of his coming to England to play together.