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November 24, 2015

The Story Behind The Song – The Coventry Carol

CoverAs we enter the holiday season, I’d like to introduce the story behind some of the songs that I recorded for the Peace on Earth release in 2008 on Owl Studios. My concept for the album was to create a collection of timeless songs for the season that transcend religion and culture and invite everyone to come together for some additional warmth, light, and love during the darker and cold season of the year. Especially now during times of senseless terror and civil war, music can heal and create community. I’d like to start the series with the Coventry Carol. On the recording, the Coventry Carol gets a fast and swinging jazz treatment with some virtuous blowing and of course a nod to the trademark Picardy Third. (more…)

November 20, 2015

Take Five And A Few Frogs

A few journal entries from my Fall excursion – yesterday I was invited to present a master class on sJazz and Frogetting goals and career development for the music students at the University of Dayton as well as present a lecture recital on Women in Jazz. The recital hall featured a beautiful Bosendorfer grand piano – here is my version of Take Five as recorded during warm-up, sure enjoyed getting to play such a beautiful instrument! (more…)

November 1, 2015

Hoagy Carmichael turns 116 – A Bloomington Legacy

Hoagy GraveHoagy Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana on November 22, 1899. And even though he died in California in 1981, he was transported back to Bloomington where he now rests next to his mother in Rose Hill Cemetery. My friend, songwriter Tom Roznowski likes to point out how he always visits Hoagy’s grave on his birthday and leaves some change stuck in the gravestone for him. As a matter of fact, this is a unique parallel to Cole Porter who also was born in Indiana, died in California and is buried back in Indiana next to his mother. (more…)

October 26, 2015

Gigs or Kids?

IMG_6656 ©Yelena YahontovaThis morning an article came across my desk entitled “One in four artist careers halted by parenthood”. Actor Laura Wells conducted a survey with 545 artists in England to find out how parenthood affects their careers. 83% of the respondents were female and about a quarter reported that having children just about halted their careers. About 64% reported that they had to miss a performance because they couldn’t find any childcare. The full article can be found here.  (more…)

October 12, 2015

Managing Creativity

ConciseGuideIt is an honor to be included as one of the chapter contributors in the “Concise Guide to Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation” edited by David Audretsch, Christopher Hayter, and Albert Link published by Edward Elgar Publishing. (more…)


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