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August 22, 2016

The Whole World in Her Hands On The Road

Layout 1The Whole World in Her Hands was released on June 10 on Whaling City Sounds and has been climbing the Jazz Radio Charts at a steady pace – hitting the Teens this week. Here is the making of video. 2016 is a milestone year with the first female presidential candidate and good chances for winning. Nevertheless, gender equality still has a long way to go especially in instrumental jazz with professional participation lingering in the single digits. Research has shown that creating role models is highly effective for changing participation patterns, hence we’ll continue with our mission to showcase amazing role models on the road and in the studio. I’m excited to announce the Fall Tour for The Whole World in Her Hands and the recording of our second album. (more…)

August 4, 2016

The European Adventure – Recording with Bob Berg

IMG_0143Our third segment of the European adventure was a week of recordings with a final concert in Southern Germany. Our friend Lothar Landenberger has the vision of a limited edition LP series featuring unique jazz projects and invited us to revive several recordings we did with saxophonist Bob Berg in 1997 and add new tracks with prominent German sax players. We recorded in an acoustically amazing studio in Trochtelfingen/ Germany over three days (Peter Kienle on guitar, Quinn Sternberg on bass, Josh Roberts on drums and myself on Fender Rhodes) and created five new original tracks featuring saxophonists Peter Lehel, Sandi Kuhn, Paul Heller, and Lutz Haefner. (more…)

August 3, 2016

Comparative Music Industry – European Perspective

Graz13Part two of the European summer adventures 2016 is the report about the IU Abroad course “Comparative Music Industry” in Graz, Austria. For the second year I organized a two-week course at the KUG Jazzinstitut in Graz, bringing a dozen IU students to Austria to study and compare the support systems for the Arts among continents. On Sunday, July 3, a tired but excited groupGraz21 of students filed into the courtyard behind the Jazzinstitut for the welcome reception hosted by KUG. The director of the University, Elisabeth Freismuth, honored us with a speech and warm greetings and the Jazzinstitut team of Ingrid Windisch and her husband Franz and Bennie Hrdina as well as Institut director Graz6Ed Partyka grilled up a storm. Larry Appelbaum, writer, radio host, and senior librarian at the Library of Congress, was our first guest and joined us for the reception. Such a warm and personal welcome sets the tone – the students knew they were in for something very special. (more…)

July 24, 2016

Building Bridges Through Music

IMG_0033Sister Cities International is a non-profit organization now in its 60th year with relations created all over the world between cities and their organizations. The exchange takes place on all levels from governing groups to professional units to cultural organizations. On Monday, June 27 we arrived in Cologne after a 5-hour ride on the Autobahn to represent the city of Indianapolis and share about the rich jazz legacy of Indiana with the sister city population. (more…)

June 22, 2016

Summer Adventures Ahead

wwaugusttour51All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go – not quite, three more days until take-off and lots to do! On Saturday I’ll be leaving for six weeks in Europe, teaching, recording, performing, presenting in three countries. I will make sure to report frequently on the different phases of the adventure and progress on each project. It’s quite amazing how all the different parts of the puzzle came together to create this big picture – here it is! (more…)