Last night gig at Village Cafe

In terms of music: it went very well. The groove wasn’t really there but I got into it and had fun. At one point I noticed that the heel of my shoe was on the floor!  I picked it up and started singing some totally made up blues song and the band joined in. That was probably the best song I did.

Most of my friends didn’t show and there was a group that saw my flyer that stayed the whole time.

I had hired a bass player some time back-didn’t know him and really wondered if  he was good or for that matter a true jazz player. Well, when he walked in I was shocked. I have heard him play with different bands over the last 3 years and he is awesome.

Jack Fine was a little late showing up-he was stuck in traffic coming over the Mississippi Bridge. Then he was upset that the cafe didn’t serve alchohol…so he left to go get some booze to put in his coffee. For those who don’t know him, he is an icon in the jazz scene….80 + young, amazing trumpet player and a friend of mine. 8 months ago he had emergency heart surgery and it took him some time before he could play again. For the last 4 months he has been playing gigs almost every night. Starting today he has to prepare for surgery another surgery on Monday. He says, but doesn’t specify, that the news from his doctor is not good.

I have to stay on this path of getting out there and getting gigs. I hope Jack will be alright.

Forgot my camera and recorder last night.

Tea For Two

Recorded in San Francisco, 2004, with gypsy jazz band, Django.

We recorded it in a classroom setting with students studying recording engineering. We had 2 takes on each song and had one rehearsal, while performing a gig.04 Tea For Two

Getting over myself and singing again!

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Finally! Getting my INFO out there. Again. What’s the point of handing out biz cards when your website is down! After a 4 year hiatus from singing publicly, I surrendered to the inevitable: I have much singing to get out me and it must be shared. I’m tired of people asking me if I am gigging. When I say no, I get the same response. What?? You live in New Orleans now, you are a jazz singer…why aren’t you singing?

I have grown tired of my lame-ass excuses. I don’t believe them anymore. The music here is amazing and I am known to just belt out the song the band is playing from wherever I am sitting or standing in the club. I’ve been invited by musicians who have heard me to come on down and sit in on such and such a night at a club and what did I do? Nothing.

But after a touch year of unemployment/employment/unemployment, being broke and learning how to stay positive and believe in myself, I come back to my singing.  It comes from a whole new place now. The music samples I have on this site are from the past, but that’s all the recording I have. I can’t wait to get out there and bring my new stuff to the public. It’s looser, grittier, and has the gospel/ R&B influence that is part of me. New Orleans has brought me back to my roots. This jazz is not as introspective but more outwardly expressive. As soon as I get myself recorded here, it will be right here.

No more excuses baby. Thanks to my voice students who inspire me!

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