Summertime Music and More
Here I am sitting in my music room surrounded by a few hundred CDs, (yes!) jewel cases and digipaks which contain liner notes that I love to read, many biographies and autobiographies of those jazz greats who have come before us and those who are still here to teach us in person, our Roland 600, my mini Casio keyboard that I've carried around for a really long time, all of my percussion instruments, my Ovation nylon string guitar and my prized Kalimba. It was a dream of mine to have a room just like this, and to tell you the truth when I can, I stay in here for days on end with a lot of water and a big bag a organic tortilla chips and do my research and make music!
Being surrounded by art and artists is always so uplifting and inspirational. Michael Friedman, the photographer responsible for the digital image above, is an artist I am very happy to know! He is a pianist, poet, writer, a contributor to The Huffington Post and teaches mental health policy at Columbia University. That's a lot! He is a living example of one human being who is following his dreams and having a ball all at the same time!! We can all do it! It takes discipline and making time to do what we love and believe in and maybe even make our living at it!!
This month on Thursday, July 25 I'll be performing in Trio with Jon Davis on piano and Zach Brock on violin at Spectrum NYC one set from 7PM - 8:45PM. What happens when I sing with Jon and Zach is that my consciousness is taken to a another level of being. And we are really looking forward to sharing that place with you. We will be part of a concert series, 'Out By Ten', curated by Jane Ashe. Jane is a dear friend of mine from my San Francisco days in the Haight Ashbury and I love everything about her. She is another person in my life who is multi-talented - improv artist, storyteller, modern dancer, poet, curator and a care giver of the highest order to those in the last stages of their lives.
This is going to be a special night at 121 Ludlow where the unexpected will happen.
On Wednesday, August 28 I will return to Somethin' Jazz Club to celebrate the lives of my dear friends Judy Lew and Lee Dirks who left our planet far too early on this date in Peru in 2012. Tragically they left behind their two adorable, gorgeous and amazing daughters, Esme age 7 and Lila age 5. Both of the girls are surrounded by loving family and friends in Seattle, WA. All of the proceeds from this concert will go to Safe Crossings Foundation which helps children cope with grief. We would love to raise a significant amount of money - please come out and help us help others.
In my next post I'll share all of the news for my upcoming September tour in Paris for Fig Tree!