Yesterday marked my twelve-year anniversary as a New Yorker. Twelve years! That’s longer than I’ve ever lived anywhere. New York affords its denizens many things: museums, music, theatre, late-night food delivery, (increasingly expensive) public transportation, and endless diversity, to name but a few. But I think that the greatest gift that this city bestows on its citizenry, though, is the potential and permission for reinvention. By chance or by design, a person can live many different lifetimes here. My own tenure in NYC has encompassed half a dozen apartments, five waitressing jobs, a college degree, a Broadway show, and countless gigs spanning multiple musical genres. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride so far, and I am so grateful for the chance to live and make music in this most wonderful of cities.
March was filled with joy-inducing musical experiences. The month kicked off with DUCHESS‘ CD release show at the Jazz Standard. Despite wintry weather (read: yet another blizzard), we had a packed house and a good time was had by all. Then, a couple of weeks later, I returned to Mezzrow to perform with my old pal Ehud Asherie, a brilliant pianist with whom I’ve been exploring the music of Rodgers & Hart. Our dear friend Michael Steinman, of JAZZ LIVES, wrote a couple of lovely posts about the evening, which you can read here and here. And, if you’re so inclined, you can check out a video of our version of “Ten Cents a Dance” below.
Looking ahead, I’ll be doing some choral singing at Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services this week (what does “Maundy” mean, anyway?), and it’s always a treat to celebrate Passover with my husband and his family. I’m also looking forward to being part of this show, helmed by the aforementioned Ehud Asherie and featuring the brilliant vocalists Brianna Thomas and Lezlie Harrison. And a big highlight in April will be mid-month, when Stevie Wonder brings his “Songs In The Key Of Life” tour to town. That album is one of the most important musical touchstones in my life, and I still can’t believe I’ll get to experience hearing it live!
Watched: The Breakfast Club. In a movie theatre. I was too young to see it on the big screen when this iconic John Hughes film was released 30 years ago (!!!), so I couldn’t miss the chance to catch the revival. After all these years, the film’s poignancy and humor still feel relevant.
Read: JAZZ LIVES. How lucky we musicians are to have Michael Steinman in our midst! His ears and heart are wide open, as revealed in his beautiful post about Louis Armstrong. Michael’s eloquence and kindness extends to present-day players, too, as evidenced in this gem about a recent performance by Michael Kanan and friends.
Listened to: Mary Foster Conklin‘s WBAI radio broadcast in honor of International Women’s Day. She curated a wonderful two-hour set of female vocalists, performing (almost) exclusively songs written by women.