Great news! My MUSIC VIDEO submission is now a winner in the Creation International Film Festival Winter session 2018. Seems if you don't take the chance you'll never know what is possible. It's wonderful to be acknowledged when you've worked hard on a passion project. Sure, I was flying by the seat of my pants as I created this video. learning along the way. I worked on this project sans a budget and mainly had to rely on my own talents. I took it as far as I could go and must say it's a good to have that feeling of a sense of accomplishment. Creating something with a passion, a concept, and the creative tools to make it happen... something that others have taken note of and show appreciation. Thanks to CIFF and you for watching and sharing. Sweet!!!
WHY IS A GOOD MAN SO HARD TO FIND? ... the ongoing question - for some. It's also the title of one of the songs on my album and the name of my latest video creation. I am very passionate about this song as it was recorded by one of my biggest influences and inspirations in jazz, LIL HARDIN ARMSTRONG (1898 – 1971). She may be the second wife to Louis Armstrong but she is the real ‘First Lady of JAZZ’. LILLIAN plays piano and sings on mostly all of her recordings – however this particular 1940 recording it is the voice of Midge Williams you hear with Lil at the piano. The LYRICS were transcribed from the original ‘WHY IS A GOOD GIRL SO HARD TO FIND?’ written by Jimmie Davis in the same year. So, I guess the question goes on for the MEN too!
The 1940’s version with Lil "Brown Gal" Armstrong and Her Dixielanders, who recorded in New York on Decca Records – March 18, 1940 to TODAY in 2018… the question lingers on. The version on the album 'Black Moonlight' is a little different as you will hear ...and see the music video. Now the video.. ouph! A labour of love for this artist who with more time than budget found an opportunity to learn & create my own music video. Much time was spent designing the lyrical animations that enhance the visuals. Of course, the editing takes quite a bit of time in itself. Luckily on this video I had Sergio Spadavecchia, the man behind the camera to film me, whereas in some of my early videos I had no other option but to film myself! Yikes. But as one who has always been resourceful, I learn to work with what I have.
I hope to revive interest in the musicians, composers and vocalists that I’ve chosen to cover on this debut album. As for Lil, she was such a talent who lived somewhat in the shadows of Louis, and I feel she deserves to be noticed, recognized and brought to the limelight just like Louis had because LIL SLAYED IT! Won’t you join me in honouring and remembering her on her upcoming birth date this February 3rd, by sharing this video and her songs.
I usually include her music in my live performances as I have quite a few of her songs in my repertoire. You will catch a little rare glimpse of her, as part of my honouring her in this video. Here in Canada we celebrate Black History Month and I do hope she is included somewhere in the memoires. Thank You for watching. xo
Looks like I've been selected as a finalist at the
American Tracks Music Awards !
I was recently featured in a magazine article 'REVIVING VINTAGE TUNES IN BLACK MOONLIGHT' in INSPADES MAGAZINE, ISSUE SEI. Thanks Inspades!
or the Safari that is... That's the ONE STOP JAZZ SAFARI, brought to you by Jaymz Bee & JazzFM91. This ongoing event is the most renowned vocal showcase in Canada - where 24 singers perform in a three hour show, backed by an all-star house band.
What a thrill and pleasure it was to take part in this event that is offered to the wonderful JAZZ FM donors, who are a very appreciative and attentive audience. THANK YOU 👏🏼 and BRAVO to all the musicians and vocalists who were there. and to George Gardiner who took this photo.
What a Thrill! it was to share the stage with these most fantabulous musicians. Here is an excerpt filmed by an ongoing supporter who documents numerous live music events here in Toronto. Thank You to Michelle Powwer. I do try to Thank everyone who comes to my shows with a personal note or message, but there were also new faces at the launch too, so Thanks to all who came! Thanks to George Koller & Michael Shand (check out their beautiful SOLOS). Also there, the wonderful John Johnson and Mark Kelso. Some of the original players on the cd were not able to join us but perhaps we will have an opportunity to do that in the future. The song in this video is called 'The Spring Don't Mean A Thing to Me'. XO
Bing Crosby was the first to record BLACK MOONLIGHT but not first to perform it as it was a score written for a 1933 film 'Too Much Harmony' (sung by Kitty Kelly and dubbed by Barbara Van Brunt). My introduction to the song was by Ernestine Anderson, recorded in 1960. Before that there were a few others; Perry Como, Mel Torme and Anita Oday. I am thrilled to be bring this out into the light in 2017! I've got a dvd now of the film and will share bits and pieces of it later.