Travis Daudert invited me to shoot his graduate recital over the weekend. This wasn’t a gig so much, it was more of a thesis defense. For Travis, this is a necessary step in obtaining his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies.
The first set was all standards, and then the second set had a few of his original compositions.
Travis shifted the players in and out for every tune, in order to best showcase his composing, soloing, and arranging chops.
Congratulations Travis! If it were up to me, I’d give you an “A”.