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Instrument(s):

Vocals

I studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. I loved Lena Horne. Also I love Nancy Wilson and Dionne Warwick.

I was born into a musical family, so I didn’t really have much choice. I think in my rebellion, I decided to be a classical actress. However several years ago I started understanding the place my life had been leading me too. Which is what I’m doing now.

I believe in emotion. I think I gravitate towards songs in the 30’s-40’s and 50’s because the melodies and lyrics are so rich. I love working in a collaborative way. Tom Garvin and I started working together several years ago. He use to joke that he doesn’t collaborate, but the truth is we did. And I learned a lot from him. He did most of the arrangements on this album. And I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been able to work regularly with the guys on my Dangerous Liaisons album. They influenced this project and are a big part of what is on this CD.

I don’t teach. I believe teachers need to be masters. And I’m still learning. I guess I will always be learning. When you stop growing, you might as well quit.

I would love to add more pieces, a guitar, more horns. I have worked with full orchestras and really love that.

Once I was performing in a 1,700 seat theater, and there was a mentally challenged person in the front of the audience. And every time I sang the chorus of the song, he’d let out this big reverberating sound. It was quite a lesson.

The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle. I loved the theater, the producer, the crew. And, it was the same stage that Lena Horne performed on.

Immortal Concerts: Oscar Peterson Trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen.

An understanding of what these great songs are saying.

People don’t realize how sensitive and vulnerable I am because I’m strong.

I wouldn’t consider myself a jazz purist. I grew up in a household that loved more traditional jazz, which is really where my sensibilities are. I think that the popularity of Jazz when it entered the main stream should be reconsidered as viable. I think it’s become too intellectual, and lost its emotionality.

i am currently listening to new material for my next CD.

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