I hope you are all well and patiently sheltering at home, and also getting out to safely enjoy this gorgeous summer! What a challenge to move forward in this strange new world, but move forward we must!
I have some exciting news: The Royal Bopsters’ new CD, ‘Party of Four,’ will be released on Friday, November 13, 2020, and we Bopsters are thrilled that this is our second CD on the Motema Music label. We have several Royal Guests joining us: Her Majesty of Bebop, Sheila Jordan, the witty and wonderful Bob Dorough in one of his last recordings, and the amazing multi Grammy award winning bassist Christian McBride. We have some brand new twists on renowned repertoire by Tadd Dameron, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, The Gershwins, Billy Strayhorn, Tito Puente and a brand new one from Mark Murphy, amongst others, all with arrangements, lyrics and vocalese stories written by the four of us: Me, soprano, Holli Ross, alto, Pete McGuinness, tenor and Dylan Pramuk, bass. We are so proud of this new project, we love it, and hope you will love it, too.
It is with profound sadness that I acknowledge the passing of our beloved alto, Holli Ross, who lost a valiant and courageous battle with cancer on May 9, 2020. She sang beautifully on our new album, and was able to energetically and creatively contribute to the completion of it. We will carry Holli in our hearts forever, and we dedicate ‘Party of Four’ to her. We are so thrilled that we were able to perform at Newport Jazz Festival 2019 with Sheila Jordan. Holli really hit the ball out of the park with her new lyric on Tito Puente’s ‘Cuando Te Vea,’ which is one of her features on our new CD. Can’t wait for you to hear it and the other 11 fine gems on ‘Party of Four.’
In the Fall semester 2020, I will continue to teach online at New School University, Hofstra University and City College from my home studio. I have been invited to teach online at JazzWorks Canada’s ‘Vocal Intensive Online Workshop’ in Ottawa Canada, in August, 2020, and Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey for the academic year of Fall/Spring 2021. I am so looking forward to making new friends in Canada and Turkey!
Please visit www.JazzWorkscanada.com to register. We are going to work on repertoire and improvisation, especially focusing on my ‘Sing Along with Ella’ project. Lots of fun ahead!!
My home studio will open Tuesday, September 8, 2020, after Labor Day. If you are interested in private voice lessons, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to help you with vocal jazz technique, repertoire, improvisation and chart arranging. Hope to see you online soon!!