Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!
Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
SUBMITTED on JULY 22, 2014 for NOMINATIONS for the 57th Annual Grammy’s
TEJA LANISE ON BASS IS LIVING THE DREAM!
Internationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist Irene Robbins presented her new project Laughing with the Blues, a 4-part exposition of Jazz and Blues by STREAM DUO in southern Italy. Irene Robbins, who has been giving concerts for over 30 years in Europe, the USA, and Japan had an incredible response to her new project. A duo which she says “shows her naked” because of its sparsity with Irene Robbins on vocals and piano, and bassist Nico Catacchio performing their interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s Round Midnight, Coleman’s Lonely Woman, and Ellington’s Mood Indigo. Irene is touring Italy and Europe this summer and fall. She will be in Detroit, MI, in April 2015.
I was a server in a diner where it was customary to sing happy birthday to the customers. On one particular day at the diner, one of the regulars was celebrating his birthday. He informed our team of servers that he would prefer someone sing his favorite song. I use to sing around the diner everyday, many times I wasn’t aware of what I was doing, I just loved to sing. However when he made his request, everyone looked at me. I was not very open to this, after all, I might not know his favorite song. (DRUM ROLL) My favorite song is “My Funny Valentine.” It just so happened I knew many songs in the Great American Song Book. So, I stood in the middle of the dinning room, “My Funny Valentine”. The applause that filled this room and the compliments from everyone in sight made me feel very special. My fellow servers were spreading the word and I began singing for many of our customers, their favorite songs at birthday time. Some of the songs were: “Always”, “All of Me”, “At Last”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “My Funny Valentine.” With encouragement from my little boy at the time, and many others I set out to learn the music business on the local level. Before long the doors were wide open. My very first performances were with a pianist only. I loved performing with a piano only. I never thought about performing with other instruments. So I have come to realize this: When a singer is available, the instruments will find the singer. Today, I even perform with big bands.
It is such a given that our business is male dominated that I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. However, I have felt sabotage, when I was the leader of an important event. I have learned to cover my assets. My advice to young women coming into the music industry is “Know your music! Learn the business! Be firm, but be a LADY with all men!” ~ Sandra Kaye
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Sunday, August 3 from 7 pm – 9 pm
Peggy Duquesnel Contemporary Band
Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club
Sunday, August 10 from 1pm – 5pm
Tickets: $75 in advance required: wiseplace.org/buy
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SATURDAY, 9 AUGUST, 2014
NICKi Mathis performs with
RICKY MALICHI Jazz Ensemble
Brad Leali, sax
Mike Francis piano
Shaun Mahoney guitarist
Erik Unsworth bassist
African American Performing Arts
Center & Exhibition Hall
310 San Pedro N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
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