Happy New Year! This begins my second year of monthly newsletters.
Thank you for your continued interest, and welcome to those of
you recieving this for the first time. 2006 continues to see new
growth and opportunities, and I'm delighted to share this with
you. Speaking of sharing, I'm having fun with my performance journal
(currently listed as "Joe's Blog" on my website). I'd welcome
any feedback or comments. Now, about this month...
|Jazz Performances and Piano Entertainment Concerts
This is a good, and fairly busy month (certainly so for
January) with, as you'll see on the schedule, numerous (local)
performing opportunities. Keep in mind that not everything
(especially in this category) books far ahead (an example
of this would be the gig at Sascha's In Baltimore with Felicia
Carter. And if this one comes up again, I would highly recommend
it - great food and music.), so check in to the schedule
from time to time.
|Church Sponsored and Christian Music Concerts
Two events occur this month. I'll be with vocalist Bryan
Clark in Chestertown on the 8th (I highly recommend this).
On Sun, the 15th I'll be performing solo in Newark, De.
Stay tuned for concerts now in the planning stage, including
a trip to Florida in April.
|Mrs. Cab Calloway
This article (may) conclude the ongoing "saga" that began
with the August 2005 newsletter (let's see how long-winded
I get). Here we are now, seven or eight years after the
passing of Cab Calloway (I had seen him just days before
his passing when he attended the first (day's) music therapy
session I'd ever conducted). It had been 3 or 4 years since
I had been to that particular "continuing-care" facility
(due to a change in administration), and the events there
had faded back from the front of my mind. Now, right in
front of me, at Sullivan's (my then solo restaurant gig),
was Mrs. Cab Calloway. I wouldn't have recognized her, I
had seen her once and only briefly. Besides, much had changed.
When Cab Calloway entered the health care (nursing) section
of the facility in 1994, his wife also moved in, but to
the independent cottages. She continued at the facility
after her husband's death, but time had taken it's toll.
By the time I met her at Sullivan's, she had been moved
to the health care unit. But that night, she was "out on
the town", and it was my part of town she came to. For a
good half an hour, she sat by the piano, in her wheelchair,
with her big martini glass, singing and smiling and cheering
as I played just for her (never mind that others were there
also). When I got up to talk with her, and discovered that
she was now a health care resident of the facility, it was
my turn to smile (not that I wasn't smiling before). By
coincidence (I call it providence), I had just negotiated
a (once a month) return to that facility (after not being
there for several years, during which time Mrs. Calloway
made her "transition") to begin the following week! Mrs.
C was excited to hear that I was coming. We made a "date".
To be continued (I promise, next time I really will wrap
In focus this month is the anticipation of something we
can't yet see, but, later this month (if all goes according
to plan), will be realized; the release of my latest (and
first solo piano jazz and popular standards) CD. Not yet
titled (better hurry up!), this recording features a wide
variety of songs and styles (from Fats Waller to Nora Jones).
It has taken on a character (mellow/"warm and fuzzy") not
exactly what I had expected, but with which I am very pleased
(and now understand is reflective of what I do best). It
has been perpetually awkward for me not to have a product
that represents the majority of what I do (hence, I still
actively promote the 'Avalon" (Midiri Bros) CD as a jazz
product, despite the fact that I seldom perform with them
anymore). I am, therefore, seeing the release of this recording
as a "turning point" for me. You won't find the information
on this recording on my website (yet - this is your "sneak
preview"), so I'll list the song titles here:
I fully expect this CD to be available by the end of this
month (I can't guarantee, but am working hard to make this
happen). Pre-release orders are welcome. Just write "new CD"
on the order form (or on a piece of paper), and follow the
instructions. Also, keep an eye on my product page for when
this recording becomes available.
- Out Of Nowhere
- Blue Moon
- As Time Goes By
- Don't Know Why
- Joy Spring
- Try To Remember
- Just The Way You Are
- Honeysuckle Rose
- It Had To Be You
- Somewhere Out There