Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Sunday, December 24th, 2006 by

2006 has been an incredible year! I’ve experienced some near devastating lows (most particularly, the diagnosis of my dear niece Naomi with Leukemia), but overall it’s been a year filled with extraordinary highs! Here’s a basic summary of my musical year: January: The year started with a lovely trip...→ Read More

Tilly Key at Maxwell’s

Sunday, December 24th, 2006 by

Last night I performed with Tilly Key at Maxwell’s in Oakland. The band consisted of some of my favorite local musicians: Troy Lampkins (bass), Dante McClinton (drums) and Ken Harrill (guitar). The show went well, despite my having had a headache all day and feeling utterly exhausted. Somehow, my...→ Read More

Recital with Lauren Michelle Criddle

Sunday, December 17th, 2006 by

Tonight I had the pleasure of accompanying soon-to-be-superstar soprano, Lauren Michelle Criddle. The recital went exceptionally well, especially considering that we’d only met 2 weeks ago! The program included a range of musical styles, from aria to lieder to spirituals, Christmas songs and pop tunes. Program: Exultate Jubilate: “Tu...→ Read More

Gig with Jeanette Harris

Saturday, December 16th, 2006 by

Tonight I played at Shanghai 1930 in Downtown San Francisco with sax player Jeanette Harris and her band (drummer Mike Harris and bassist Patrick Olvera). Jeanette and met a few months ago in line at the Beyonce audition (she didn’t get hired either…oh well!) Here’s the comment I left...→ Read More