Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam will stream live on Sunday, February 14th at 3pm from Upper Manhattan.
Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam will stream live on Sunday, February 14th at 3pm from Upper Manhattan. New York City, February 8, 2021 – Jazz Power Initiative (JPI), a not-for-profit organization, continues its 2021 season of INTERGENERATIONAL JAZZ POWER JAM on Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at 3 PM EST on Facebook Live and YouTube in collaboration with The […]
Years ago I had the good fortune to correspond with Dave Brubeck. He wrote to me with very encouraging words for my work in education. It meant a lot to me and still does. In 2014, producer Seton Hawkins of Jazz at Lincoln Center asked me to create a series of fun and informative performance/education […]
I am happy to announce my first ticketed live stream solo concert presented by the Global Music Foundation this Friday, October 16 at: 3 PM NEW YORK, DAYTON / 2 PM CHICAGO / 12 PM SAN FRANCISCO 9 PM PARIS / 8 PM UK / MIDNIGHT YEKATERINBURG 1 PM GUATEMALA / 4 PM SANTIAGO, BELEM I will be performing from […]
Rowman and Littlefield Publishers in collaboration with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) has released my book, So You Want to Sing the Blues. This book is the gathering of many of my life experiences being inspired, guided and uplifted by the blues since I was a child. It is also the result […]
Dear Contestants of Kamerton’s We are Playing Jazz Festival, I am so happy to hear that you are playing jazz together! And this is the most important thing, together. Because as much as jazz is about individual achievement and expression on your instrument through improvisation, it is really about playing together with other people. Learning to groove in […]
I am so happy to share this video of the title song of Message From Saturn from the Euro Asian premiere in Yeketerinburg, Russia in November of ’16. The joy generated in this intergenerational and cross cultural collaboration melted the ice. Here’s to more blues in 2017!
When your baby left you, you need the blues. When you can’t get satisfied, you need the blues. When the one you love takes up with someone else, you need the blues. And when you feel you’ve been mistreated, you have got to have the blues. The blues is bad. Playing the blues is good. […]
Thanks to the United States Department of State and The Jazz Drama Program, this was our third tour to Guatemala. What a privilege it was to visit this beautiful country and play for the amazing Guatemalan People! Joined by longtime friends and associates, LaFrae Sci, drums/compositions, Lakecia Benjamin, alto saxophone and Elias Bailey, bass, the […]
The last day of the tour was my favorite because we visited and gave a workshop at La Alianza, a shelter for girls who are victims of trafficking and sexual violence. The place is run exceptionally well by a staff of extremely devoted and expert women who give these girls the support and shelter they […]