I love this classic Great American Songbook tune. I filmed it about a month ago up at Mount Rainier National Park the moon was full and bright as a lantern! Some folks were hiking to the summit by moonlight. Tonight is the dark of the moon and I will go out in the wee hours to watch the Orionid's
Railroad Square Music Festival
video #2 a couple days ago, but I have been on "Mountain Time" this past week . I just love this classic swing era song, "I'm Confessin'" It was originally titled "Looking for a Little Sweetie" I like both sets of lyrics! I will post in the comments this awesome version of Lonnie Johnson singing it, and he tells a little story about the song's origin before! I hope you enjoy!
Railroad Square Music Festival, Gremlintone, John Courage, Francesco Echo
for making this video happen! This tune “Attendez Que Ma Joie Revienne” was written by Barbara. I hope you enjoy!
Neil and I got together to record this tune for a Social Distance Live show on Billie Holiday! Some amazing folks submitted videos, if you haven't already, check it out!
New collaboration with my friend Ben Levin from Cincinnati, OH! Ben just released a new album "Carryout or Delivery", check it out! And Follow his page Ben Levin Piano! We were inspired to do this tune 'I'll Never Be Free" written in 1950 from the Annie Laurie and Paul Gayten version - and found a great version with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five along the way! I hope you enjoy!
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 🎶😊