September was fun with Robert Shinoda inviting me to join him and a bunch of friends to play at the 3rd Annual Manoa Muisc and Heritage Festival ( formerly, The Manoa Jazz Festival). The band was fun with three guitarists, Robert, Vernon Sakata and Jeff Richman. Bruce Hamada played bass and myself. Larry Carlton was the headliner, and he played with his son on bass and an amazing young drummer named Gene Coye. They were absolutely great! Watch out for Gene, we will be hearing a lot about him in the future. I also played with Jeff Ricman and Dean Taba at Gordon Biersch, where Robert reenacted the Manoa Festival set with all three guitarists. Always big fun playing with Jeff. He is such a great writer of fun and challenging material that flows so musically... he also plays that way. The next night at Sarento's, Jeff, Dean (on acoustic bass) and I were joined by Jason Gaye on sax. Jason is such a wonderful player, with intense creative energy. Jason kinda' lead the night selecting some great classic Joe Hernderson compositions. So much fun to play that music.