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LOVED every minute singing at the Mendocino Music Festival. Wonderful audiences, musicians, staff, and artistic director Allan Pollack. Did two shows: First in a rare duo setting with my long time pianist-arranger Ken French, followed by an evening of swing with the Festival Big Band directed by Pollack. Great fun! THANK YOU!
Many, many thanks to EVERYONE who helped make our Porgy & Bess show in Miner Auditorium at the beautiful SFJAZZ Center a huge success: Gail Sinquefield, Unity Music Foundation, SFJAZZ, Ted Hall, our extraordinary arranger Mark Lopeman, music director Aaron Lington, the 17 talented musicians who played their hearts out, and to my friend Jamie Davis.
Most of all, THANK YOU to our audience whose continued interest and attendance make it possible for us to keep presenting top quality entertainment to you. A lot of love and care went into putting this program together and we couldn't have done it without you.
So much fun at the Siletz Bay Music Festival in Gleneden Beach, OR — singing with 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman, the incomparable Ken Peplowski, soprano Nicole Greenidge, baritone Rocky Blumhagen, and an incredible orchestra under the direction of Maestro Yaacov Bergman.
Nicole, Rocky and I sang Mr. Hyman's compositions set to words by Shakespeare. On Friday, July 1, Dick, Ken, and I performed big band arrangements with Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra. And on July 4, the festival concluded with a wonderful program of Copland, Gershwin, and the world premiere of Hyman's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.
On July 5, we were off to Jimmy Mak's in Portland with drummer Gary Hobbs and bassist Dave Captein.
Music! Music! Music! LOVE it! LOVE It! LOVE it!
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