A new collaboration video with bassist Aaron Germain! The sweet silver lining in this quarantine is that though I've never played with Aaron in person, through the interwebs, we can meet and collaborate and create together!
This song "Beat My Dog" is a sassy one written by Jay Leonhart. One of my musical influences when I was young was the great Audra McDonald who recorded this song on one of her early albums! It was a huge thing for me to see someone who looked like me singing and acting on such a high level at that young age!
I do hope you enjoy this one, a little different than the early jazz I usually do!
A new collaboration video! My second with Kevan Smedt on guitar and my first one with lovely Hanna Mignano on fiddle. Hanna used to live in the Bay but now lives in New Orleans! "J'attendrai" is was written in 1938 and is definitely a staple in the Django/gypsy jazz canon. Hope you enjoy :)
This song, "Sweet Lorraine," is so lovely! It was written in 1928 by Cliff Burwell and Mitchell Parish. To me the iconic version was done by the Nat King Cole Trio in 1943. I escaped the inland heat and recorded this out in foggy Jenner by the Sea. 🎶
I had such great time making this video with Rebecca Roudman! I have loved this unique tune, Black Jack Davey, for a long time! I connected with Rebecca when she asked me to be a part of a Women's Day Benefit Concert (one of the last shows we did before the quarantine lockdown)and was happy to have the opportunity to collaborate again! This tune is a perfect fit for cello and harmony vocals! I hope you enjoy!!
Really happy to be collaborating with San Francisco's own Vic Wong! Vic is a wonderful guitar player and multi instrumentalist - check out his Morning Coffee Sessions that he's been doing during the quarantine! This song, I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me, was written in 1926, and later recorded by Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson. In true Billie style she changes up the melody so much that it is quite different from the original written melody. I like the original melody too, so I tried to give nod to both. I hope you enjoy 🎶😊
This song, "Someday Sweetheart," was written in 1919 by John and Reb Spikes! Nirav Sanghani introduced the tune to me as sung by the great "Queen of Swing" Mildred Bailey! It is such a treat to play with these wonderful San Fran musicians, in person or split screen! Nirav Sanghani on Guitar, Clint Baker on Trumpet, and Riley Baker on bass! I hope you enjoy 🎶
Another one for you!! A new collaboration with Ben Levin from Cincinnati Ohio!
Ben popped into one of my early live streams, we struck up a conversation which led to these cross country collaborations!
You wouldn't have known it from our last video but Ben is a fantastic singer as well as pianist! I hope you enjoy this song by Joe Liggins called "Daddy on My Mind" 🎶
A new collab with my friend and multi instrumentalist extraordinaire, Kalei Yamanoha! This is a tune I have always loved the sweet melody on, "Do You know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?" was written by Eddie DeLang and Louis Alter and first performed by Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday in the film "New Orleans"! I hope you enjoy!! 🎶😊💜💚💛
Fell in love with this flirtatious tune "Beijo" (Kiss) by Bia. It is about that feeling when you can't stop thinking about someone, everywhere you go, they are there in your thoughts! You can find the full translation on the video posted my youtube page! Enjoy! 🎶💋🌺🌿
By Charles Aznavour
I recorded this in 2019 on my birthday. I was feeling a quite blue because that morning I had seen the news that Notre Dame de Paris had caught fire! I have always loved French Culture so much that this loss felt very personal. French Music has been with me since childhood, and Aznavour had just died in October of 2018. I greatly admire his music!
I never released this video because I didn't think I got a good audio take, it was very windy that day and even the good mic picked up a ton of wind. I did a little messing around and the audio isn't perfect, but it is passable I think. I hope you enjoy :)