Back in the Studio 

I am in the midst of making plans to go back to the recording studio to record the two new songs that I premiered on Valentine's Day at Metropolitan Room.  The songs are "You're My Angel" and "Jack Be Nimble."  The first is a song about how wonderful my husband is, and the second is based on the nursery rime of the same name.

The Trumpet in Jazz 

Last night, I saw a fascinating retrospective at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, "The Trumpet in Jazz," curated by Krin Gabbard.  This program featured great jazz trumpeters such as Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Lee Morgan.  Also included were samples of how the jazz trumpet has been represented in Hollywood films, such as "Young Man with a Horn," starring Kirk Douglas, and "Mo Better Blues," starring Denzel Washington. I found the presentation extremely interesting…

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I Do. I Do. 

Today marks four years since I said "I do."  Marrying my wonderful husband is the best decision of my life.  When we were dating, and I realized he is "the one," I wrote a song in his honor, entitled "Your Love Makes Me Love You."  Click on "Music" to check it out.  It summarizes our relationship then, now, and in the future.

My Canadian Getaway 

My husband and I are vacationing in the Toronto area of Canada.  We are having a wonderful time.  This morning, we went to have coffee and espresso at Barocco.  Then we enjoyed the breathtaking views from the CN Tower.  Tonight we are meeting an engaged couple we know for dinner.  Tomorrow we will go to the museum.  Saturday is our friends' wedding.  Then Sunday morning, we will be back in New York.

George Zimmerman's Acquittal 

When I heard the news that George Zimmerman was found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter, I was heartbroken and so disappointed.  But I refused and still refuse to let my disappointment lead to a violent or destructive reaction.  I am not going to answer gun violence with more violence.  I will be calm in order to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed boy he killed.

A Break in the Heatwave 

In New York City the heat has been unbearable lately, which has put well-being, health, and in some cases even lives at serious risk.  But I am happy to report that there is a break in the oppressive weather.  I took advantage of the soothing, cool breeze this afternoon and took a long, lingering stroll to run some errands.  Went to the bank and also went to the post office.  It was quite pleasant!

September in June! 

I just froze my buns off on a short walk in my neighborhood to run an errand.  Today, it feels more like September than June.  I even wore a winter jacket to combat the chill in the air.  I returned a half hour ago and I am just now finally feeling warm.   It is bad enough that it is chilly.   But it is not only chilly but raining as well.  Rain, rain go away.  Come again some other day!

New Backing Vocalist Found! 

I found a new backing vocalist.  Her name is Kathryn Holtkamp.  For more information, please click "News" on this website.  Thanks.

The Search for a New Backing Vocalist 

I have started auditioning backing vocalists to join my jazz ensemble.  If you or someone you know can sing either in the soprano or mezzo-soprano range, don't hesitate to give me a call.  My number is (212) 946-1189.  The audition song is "Come Lie Down," which you can hear by clicking "Music" on this website.  My former backing vocalist cannot contunue as she has a challenging new day job.

Glorious Spring! 

Yesterday afternoon I had the great pleasure of visiting The Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  What a wonderful time I had!  The tulips, daffodils, cherry blossoms, and more are in bloom right now.  Ah spring, glorious spring!