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Lenny Pickett’s Mongolian Tour Diary

Not-so-strangers in a strange land

Lenny Pickett, Dr. David Schroeder and the Morin Khuuriin ensemble in Mongolia. Photo courtesy of Lenny Pickett

This is my brief diary of Combo Nuvo’s Mongolian visit. Combo Nuvo is: Dr. David Schroeder-soprano sax, chromatic harmonica, e-flat flute and composer; Rich Shemaria-piano, composer and arranger; Brad Shepik-guitar and Bulgarian tambura; Mike Richmond-electric cello; John Hadfield-percussion; Lenny Pickett-tenor sax, e-flat clarinet and jaw harp.

On Friday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m., we embark on the first leg of our trip, a long coach flight to Seoul, Korea (Korean Air flight #82) with several very cool and diligent flight attendants. We arrive in Seoul at 5:20 p.m. on Friday, May, 31 to connect to our 7:55 p.m. business class flight to Ulaanbataar (Korean Air 867), arriving in Mongolia at 10:30 p.m., 20.5 hours after our departure.

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