Stephanie Trick and I had a wonderful time performing at Rutgers in New Jersey, and The Metropolitan Room in New York. This is a shot of Steph, Geoff Gillette (my co-producer and engineer) and Barry Glover during our tech rehearsal at the Metropolitan. We did our multi-media at both shows (soundie, my stride cartoon, piano-cam and projected lyrics). This was the first time I'd seen my stride sister since her amazing dad Alan's unexpected passing, days after our Thanksgiving show at the San Diego Jazz festival. Alan had painstakingly inputted all of my lyrics, not a small task considering how many of them there are, and ran the multi-media in San Diego. When Stephanie returned from a European tour the week before our East Coast performances, she taught herself the program and then taught it to Geoff when we all met up in NJ.
Standing in back of Steph and Geoff is Barry Glover, grandson of James P. Johnson and head of the JPJ Foundation. Barry flew in to support us and essentially road-manage, which we definitely needed!
Geoff and I flew back to LA together to mix my new album, Attachments, which will be out on the Jazzed Media label on August 13th.
On May 4th, Russell Ferrante and I flew to Juneau, AK to perform as part of the Juneau Jazz and Classics fest. This was a real treat, and the SRO crowd was both lively, and super-attentive.
Nouveau Stride (Stephanie Trick and I) , are performing on the East Coast on the 27th and 28th! Here's the press release . I'm doing two WBAI interviews in advance of this: 9:30 Sunday night on David Kenney's Everything Old is New Again show, and Monday at 2:00pm on Janet Coleman's Cat Radio Cafe.
Resolution for 2013: Blog monthly.
2012 ended with a Grammy nomination for TotU and the release of the Nouveau Stride album, Fourteen. Stephanie and I performed at the San Diego Jazz Festival right after Thanksgiving, and it was fantastic. We did an interview on Christmas Eve for Cat Radio Cafe and it's archived online if you'd like to listen. Just select Cat Radio Cafe from the pull-down menu and go to 12/24.
Three months since my last post! What kind of blogger am I, anyway?!
I have been finishing up the Nouveau Stride album, which Stephanie Trick and I will finish recording in October in preparation for a release event at the San Diego Dixieland Jazz Festival on Thanksgiving weekend (more about that later). The songs I've been working on include vintage stride, some ragtime, and several pieces written by living writers?all challenging and fun to lyricize and sing, and for my talented young cohort to play.
I've also started the long slow process of doing another solo CD. We recorded two tracks in June and will be doing the next two in August. Music so far is by Eddie Arkin, Russell Ferrante, and I'm working on something I'm very excited about with Dave Grusin. Dave and I started working together on some material for a Monica Mancini project a few months ago and it's been one of the highlights of my year so far to collaborate with him.
The latest download
from Nouveau Stride!
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