December 2015 Newsletter

This will be my last newsletter for 2015.Here is an overview of upcoming gigs, announcements, and practice notes for December. In this month: holiday gig madness, an update of the “30 Minute Workout” series, and looking forward to 2016.


As I predicted in last month’s newsletter, this month has a lot of holiday gigs (although most of them are private parties). I must confess that I still get excited about playing a bunch of seasonally-appropriate tunes. For more information and as I update my schedule, see my calendar.

  • As always, I’m doing a my gig with pianist Ann Reynolds at Serafina Restaurant, again back-to-back to accommodate the holiday  schedule – December 13th and 20th  (6:30pm – 9:00pm)
  • I’m also excited about subbing in with SWOJO for not one, but two gigs in December – on the 14th we’ll be playing for Mo Jam Mondays at Nectar Lounge (9:00pm-10:00pm) and on the 19th we’ll be playing at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park (7:30pm-9:30pm)


  • This past Friday, I had my first performance as a combo instructor. My group – all of whom had little or no experience with jazz when they started 10 weeks ago – did an amazing job. I really enjoyed working in this setting. Because of this, I’m pleased to announce that I’m slated to teach 3 different combos at 3 different levels (see Jazz Night School schedule). For more information – along with descriptions of my continuing education courses – see my courses page.

Practice Notes

  • I’m still hard at work on the first publication of my “30 Minute Workout” series. As of now, I’m hoping to complete 3 different “sessions” for Jazz Bass. From there, I’m hoping to create a variety of workouts in and outside of music. What’s been interesting about this process is that it is almost as labor-intensive and iterative (requiring numerous drafts/revisions) as my dissertation was.
  • 2015 was an incredible year – from the triumph of finishing my PhD to the agony of losing my beloved cat. My life in December 2015 is very different from my life in January 2015. In spite of all this change (which, however positive, is always stressful), I’m cautiously optimistic that 2016 will be a great year. In a continued attempt to develop some sort of blogging routine in spite of being incredibly busy, I’m hoping to keep the following schedule: in the 1st week of the month, I will post a newsletter like this one (focusing primarily on my work as a musician and instructor); in the 2nd week of the month, I will document the process of creating my cross-stitch projects; in the 3rd week, I will blog more in-depth about a practice-related topic (whether music, yoga, design, adulthood, etc.); in the 4th week, I will offer a summary and/or commentary about some resource I am currently using (whether a book, recording, podcast, video, etc.) Because I have been consistent about posting these newsletters, I’m hoping to maintain this schedule to document the changes and improvements that I make in 2016.

Author: Leah Pogwizd

Bassist, Instructor, Writer

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