From Moscow into MARCH 2010

Dear Friends,

I hope  all is well with you all!

I felt I was long overdue for a web posting, not realizing that I put nothing up since early February. There’s much to share for what has past and for what’s to come in March. But let me say first that this Winter has been rough and I can’t wait to say goodbye to it.  I am not a winter person and I get ‘weird’ without sunlight for too long so how happy was I that my recent trip to Moscow was not only mild (by Russian standards) but sunny too.  Just returned home from a three night run at the Union Club of Composers at the end of February after a great little run last year. It was a blast!

I don’t sing jazz standards that much anymore, but they are my jazz roots and I love them.  So when the opportunity comes up now and again to sing standards, I really look forward to it.  Especially with a group as good as the Oleg Kireyev Quartet. We hit the day I came off the plane, me without any sleep and all this pent-up plane energy.  The band was ready to go and the audience that night was intimate, and they were WONDERFUL. It was a great show…with three patrons coming to sing to ME they were so appreciative! Some friends I met last year came by to hang out and I left that night feeling thrillingly exhausted – if one can feel that way.  All this without vodka. The next two nights were very different, Friday starting out with a little difficulty connecting with the audience then having the thing just open up in the end.  My last night was PACKED with a warm and expressive audience as well.  Three encores they called for and I sold some CD’s.  After that…an early airport call back home just yesterday. In between..checking out the city as much as I  could on my own and with a friend.  Great experience and here are some links to photos…here and here.

I had a good time at a couple other gigs in February.  A Super Bopwl Sunday  hang as part of Lola Danza’s Think Tank Series (FEBRUARY 7th). Performed a free improvised set with guitarist Simon Jermyn and bassist Ken Filiano at Goodbye Blue Monday and a wonderful night at the 55BAR on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th with the Jazz Vault Project having Ratzo Harris joining guitarist Anders Nilsson and reedist Michael Attias and myself.  Thanks to all that came out the gigs!

This March finds me mellow on the gig scene until later in the month as I am terribly honored and deeply humbled to be part of  the Trillium E Project, an opera by the legendary Anthony Braxton.  I’m one of 12 vocalists on this massive project (replete with 45-piece orchestra)  and we’ll record this month…so my life is dedicated to that until then aside for a small duo performance with drummer William Hooker as part of his “SALT” project.  The day after the Trillium E Opera wraps, I’ll play on The Evolving  MUSIC/Evolving VOICE  Series with The ExPosed Blues Duo (w/Anders Nilsson) on MONDAY, MARCH 22.  We head to Chicago in early April to bring our blues and play with Chicago based musicians.  Plus the digital version of BARE will be out this month so we’re celebrating that.  A couple days later on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24 the Jazz Vault Project is back in the 55BAR with Oscar Noriega standing in for Michael Attias on reeds.  All info up on the PERFORMANCES section of the site !

Thanks again for your support and I hope the winter hasn’t gotten you down.  Daylight Savings Time is already next week..spring is in the air!

Sending blossoms,