A night out to remember, not just because of Covid caution for so long, but because I ventured out for Dmitri Matheny’s June CD tour for “Cascadia.” Gorgeous album and from the advance copy I ended up writing lyrics for the shuffle groove song “Evergreen Girl.” (To be in the Shop soon!) An outstanding composer and flugelhorn player, Dmitri was an honored guest on my own CD. What a great evening to start my return to live venues.
The newest additions from the Kenny Barron collaborations are now in the Shop out of my library of collaborations: “In the Slow Lane,” “Rain” and “Marie Laveau”. (The Lead Sheets page includes names of current and future titles to add.) Product pages have short clips and their sources, brief descriptions of styles and composers, and portions of lyrics. Return for new offerings, or make it easier: sign up for “What’s New” below to join the email list for exclusive, periodic updates.
The Studio page has an overview of my work as a teacher, speaker, scholar, and arts advocate. For more on my background, credentials, and as a professional musician, see the JJJazz and About pages. For lessons in voice/songwriting/arranging, etc., please visit the VTS page or email. Students voice their say on the References page.
Recently I gave my current AHC talk again on “The Science of Music, the Music of Science.” and Zoomed the one on Music and Healing. I love the Q & A part the best. These hourlong presentations inspire me to keep up with the latest research and I am currently developing a talk on the Benefits of Music. (To book a presentation or talk, visit the Writer/Speaker page.)
Visit Noteworthy for useful and interesting blog posts related to singing, music, and the arts. Drawn from research and teaching experience, the brief writings cover topics like vocal technique, memorization, effective learning and practicing ideas. Posts are infrequent given my schedule but hopefully rich in information.
For your band, group, or organization, review VTS Workshops for the list of subject areas offered online, at the studio, or at your location. New workshops are developed now and then, and I’m open to new ones. I hope to return to in-person performances soon; visit the JJJazz page to book a performance.