March 17, 2020

When everything changes

We’re in the early days of a new normal as the whole wide world deals with Covid-19. I haven’t received word yet on the status of performances coming up this spring, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival, but will notify on …


March 17, 2020

Two songs named semifinalists in the International Songwriting Competition

In late February, the International Songwriting Competition sent word that two of my original songs “Interlude” and “When Michael,” had reached semifinalist status in the competition’s 2019 Performance and Jazz categories, respectively. These two songs are on my Certain Elements


March 3, 2020

“Living a Vocal Life” podcast with host Valerie Day

Fans of ’80s music will remember the band Nu Shooz, with it’s Billboard-topping hit, I Can’t Wait. Singer Valerie Day fronted Nu Shooz, which was up for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category in 1987. These days, Valerie …


July 5, 2019

SiriusXM’s Real Jazz is playing Certain Elements!

Real Jazz on SiriusXM is playing three tracks from Certain Elements. In July, they added our Latin version of the Legrand/Bergman/Bergman tune “The Way He Makes Me Feel,” arranged by Bobby Torres, and two of my original songs, “When Michael” …


June 21, 2019

On-air with WCLK’s Riva Blue July 11

I’m looking forward to being with radio host Riva Blue live on-air Thursday, July 11, on Atlanta’s WCLK, 91.9 — the Jazz of the City. We’ll be talking about the July 17 concert at City Winery celebrating the Certain Elements …


March 26, 2019

O’s Place review gives Certain Elements 96/100!

Many thanks to D. Oscar Groomes for a very nice review in the March 2019 O’s Place jazz newsletter, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary of publishing. “Certain Elements” received an incredible rating of 96 out of 100 (the highest

March 9, 2019

PlanetJazz radio hosts Karla for live interview

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending the better part of an hour in a live interview with Alvin Jones, host of PlanetJazz radio. Back story: I felt like I, in some ways, had already met Alvin — he’s the …


March 9, 2019

“Cherish” featured on Dave Koz’s SiriusXM show

Legendary contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz gave some love to Cherish, the first single from Certain Elements, recently on his syndicated show, The Dave Koz Lounge, broadcast every Sunday on SiriusXM station Watercolors. Dave was introduced to Cherish by mutual …


March 9, 2019

Jazz Weekly review says Certain Elements “glows with wonderment”

Nice review came through on Jazz Weekly. George Harris (no relation!) spotlights several of the wonderful musicians on the record in his write-up. In addition to saying the title track “glows with wonderment” he also colors the album as “upbeat …


February 28, 2019

‘Certain Elements’ album debuts on Jazz Week chart at #44

Last Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, I got a call from Neal Sapper, head of New World ‘n Jazz. Neal has been spearheading introducing “Certain Elements” (the album) to straight-ahead jazz stations. Copies mailed out about five weeks ago in mid-January, …