I got back from jazz camp last night...it was Friday night until Sunday afternoon. Amazing. Simply amazing. The faculty members included Gordon Webster (pro musician out of NYC,) Jean Martin (drum teacher at UoT,) John Geggie (Ottawa bass player, total monster,) Frank Lozano (sax teacher at McGill,) Kieran Overs (bass player out of Toronto, on a totally different level than John,) Justin Haynes, Kevin Barrett (both guitarists,) etc. etc. Basically, the days went: Breakfast at 8, masterclass at 9, workshop at 11, lunch at 12, combo rehearsal at 1, workshop at 5, dinner at 6, combo rehearsal at 7, jam sessions at 9, bed at...whenever the jam sessions finished. All in all, I probably got about 9 or 10 hours sleep over 3 nights. First night I actually stayed in my cabin, and the next two nights, myself, and the drummer and sax player from my combo slept in the rehearsal space which was actually the basement lounge of the dining hall (it had a foosball table and countless couches/chairs.) There were 3 areas for jam sessions -- dining hall (beginner/intermediate I,) art room (cabin near the hall, intermediate II) and the basement lounge (advanced.) There were house rhythm sections for the three places, but overall it was REALLY loose. I was actually somewhere between intermediate I and II, but I spent almost all my time in the advanced sessions. The problem being that the intermediate II place, the art room, became the haven for every singer and horn player in the place. I have now learned why jazz musicians hate working with (bad) singers, and I can now fully relate to Ed's comment a while ago about the "lines of unresponsive horn players" at NYC jam sessions. Today I listened all the way through Jazz at Massey Hall the clear my ears of the many, many bad trumpet solos I heard over the weekend. There were 11 bass players there, 4 of which (including myself) played DB, not counting faculty. Two of them had just started, and one was an INCREDIBLE player my age by the name of Alex. His soloing was good, but at the basement jam sessions on Saturday night, I was sitting and focusing on his walking lines for about 4 choruses, completely ignoring the soloists. His lines are seamless -- never once did he end up in a place he didn't want to be, no awkward notes or jumps, chromatics working exactly where they needed to be, etc. etc. Totally amazing player. Also completely tears it up on electric. There's so much more to say, but...I'm still exhausted. PS: Oh, I also got rocking at foosball over the weekend.