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"My mission is to engage, uplift and build community through music, creating narrative that inspires beyond the stage." — Clairdee

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01/30/18: Lena Horne 'Forever' Stamp!

I couldn't be more excited! The legendary performer and civil rights activist has been honored with a Forever Stamp for the USPS's Black Heritage Stamp Series. 

NEW YORK — The U.S. Postal Service today celebrates the life and legacy of Lena Horne as the 41st honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at Peter Norton Symphony Space. 

“Today, we honor the 70-year career of a true American legend,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, who dedicated the stamp…

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11/23/17: Happy Thanksgiving!

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THANK YOU for always being here. For telling friends. Buying my music. Taking time to speak with me after a show. For staying in touch. For sharing YOUR stories and a hug. You mean the world to me. 

With a grateful heart,
Happy Thanksgiving!

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11/17/17: A Fabulous Birthday!

THANK YOU all for helping me celebrate my birthday in concert for Jazz in the Neighborhood at the San Francisco Community Music Center on Nov 17, 2017. In addition to some fun musical surprises (e.g., drums duet; vibes duet; and vocal duets), we enjoyed an audience Q&A and delicious cake afterwards.

Pictured are my bandmates: Gary Brown (bass), special guest Daria Johnson (drums, vibes, vocals), Ken French (piano), and Jim Zimmerman (drums and vibes). [Top photo by Jessica Levant. Bottom photo by Katerina

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10/9/17: Nothing changes if...

There have been almost daily events involving conflict and tragedy happening around the world. And I've been feeling the intensity of it all. Perhaps you're feeling it, too. 

At times it has been psychologically and emotionally challenging to process the enormity these events bear on each of us, impacting our communities in unimaginable ways. 

These events have prompted me to further reflect on culture — my own, the culture of others, and culture in general — and the differences that exist between…

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