January 3 started off with a visit to the International Center of Photography, which held an exhibition of photos from the horrible era of apartheid in South Africa. I'm always interested in war and protest photography. It makes you realize that our troubles aren't that big.

In the afternoon I went to Queens to visit Amina Figarova and Bart Platteau. What a treat! Nice food and they shared their vision on living in NYC and how to get things done. And believe me, they do a lot!

At night we went to Smalls with the three of us for a concert I was really looking forward to: David Berkman (p), Ed Howard (b), Johnathan Blake (d) and guest soloist Tom Harrell on trumpet and flugelhorn. Now this was a concert I will remember for the rest of my life, because of its incredible intensity! After hours were cool and I finally could hit some more keys, which felt great and has me longing for more...