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Jazz Fashion

The Diane von Furstenberg or the Romeo & Juliet? While trying to decide which dress to wear for our upcoming jazz concert at Blues Alley, I had the thought to write a post about jazz fashion. I had planned to work with our intern and research the subject. Then, I stumbled upon Vintage Black Glamour. It does a lot of the work for us. Published in 2014, this stunning book was written by Nichelle Gainer. I came upon
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Jazz Through An Alley

My first time at Blues Alley was on a weekday afternoon with a videographer. The club was empty, quiet and, despite it being daytime, dark. It had just opened for the staff to begin getting ready for the night’s show. My video friend recorded me sitting on the piano stool on the stage singing “I Got It Bad” a cappella. The club had given me permission (thanks Harry!), after I told them I needed a video for an auditio
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A Magical Night

In June, me and the guys had the pleasure of performing a private concert for members of The Arts Club of Washington. Like the Nasar Abadey event that I attended there a year ago, the evening was magical. One of the first things the guys were drawn to at The Arts Club was the Steinway piano. Its sound was beautiful. Lincoln (trombone, Music Director) and Clifton (piano) walked straight to it upon their arrival. A coc
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They Heard You

My latest CD Love received a raving review this week. It was so rewarding to read that AllAboutJazz.com Senior Editor, Chris Slawecki, could decipher the amount of hard work that went into the 13-track, jazz/R&B project. Producing, musicianship, and more is mentioned. This is what recording artists and record labels hope for. Check out the review here. Thank you, AAJ.
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Jazzy Funky Fred

This summer, jazz bassist, Michael Bowie, ingeniously offered donors to his band’s — Sine Qua Non — upcoming CD, attendance to their recording session featuring iconic trombonist, Fred Wesley. With my Music Director, Lincoln Ross, being a trombonist and huge fan of Wesley, I went for Bowie’s offer. But quite honestly, my craziness for Parliament Funkadelic may have had something to do with the
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Dinner for the “Love” Team

My recent CD release, Love, was created by a team of incredible people.  To try to show them how much I appreciate their support and what they brought to the project, I had them over for dinner before releasing the CD to the public.  There was even a Part II on July 4th, where I was invited to dinner! Gathered together were donors, writers, musicians, management, marketing, publicity, and graphic design.  People who
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Cover Art

I am extremely happy with the artwork that was designed for my two CD covers: The Only Human cover was photographed by journalist, Eva Hambach.  I saw Eva’s work on the cover of one of David Dyson’s CDs and contacted her.  It turned out that she was the wife of jazz saxophonist, Marshall Keys.  I became comfortable almost immediately with Eva during our first meeting and soon sprung my CD cover idea on he
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Love Demos

Highlighting some of the demos from my upcoming album, Love, today.  Led by several producers and engineers, the tracks were recorded at Cue Recording Studios and Asiatic Studios in Oxon Hill, MD.  The 13-track project will be mastered at Masterwork Recording. Do let me know what you think?  
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Introducing Recording Project 101

Talent’s important. But it can only take a musician so far. Creating and recording an album is glamorous and exciting, but it takes a lot more than great sound to make it in the music business. Upfront but behind-the-scenes work – like planning, budgeting and hiring – are as critical to the quality of an album as vocals, yet receive far less coaching. That’s where Recording Project 101® comes in.
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