I am proud to be a part of the 3rd annual GroundUP Music Festival this February in Miami! This concert will be a different one for me as I’ll be singing with the Frost Studio Jazz Band (from the University of Miami), GroundUP Fest’s first official Big Band! And we are also very lucky to have Shelly Berg joining us. We’ll be playing material from my last two albums, arranged for Big Band by Dave Richards (also conducting). It’s gonna be a good one (aaaaand Lalah Hathaway is performing every night so life will be joyous). CHECK OUT THIS PROMO VIDEO to see what’s going down!
Did a very cool interview with the one and only Co De Kloet on NPO Radio 2 | Soul & Jazz in Holland last night. The interview is now available on his podcast on itunes! We talk, play music, talk shop, my dutch roots. I love when interviews feel like 5 minutes and they are over an hour. it's like you're truly hanging with a buddy.
In 2017, I was invited to guest sing with the TipToe Big Band in Denmark. They asked me to bring Big Band arrangements of my own material and to say this was a dream of mine is an understatement. I sat down with arranger/friend Dave Richards to discuss the sound of where this could go: I didn’t want it to be traditional, I wanted to go a bit left and make sure there was room for grit and soul. 'Ladykiller' is the opening track from my 2016 record "Til They Bang On The Door", released on GroundUP Music and arranged by my dear friend and drummer Jamey Tate! The song demo started in Henry Hey’s living room with a choir of trombones, but I never thought the day would come where I’d ACTUALLY be singing with a choir of trombones LIVE on stage...watch it on the Video page of this site or YouTube!