I am pleased to be joining acclaimed pianist Michael Royal for my next tour performance May 6 at 2pm at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, FL. Michael is a dynamite musician who has built quite a resume of performing experience. I am excited to explore Peggy Lee’s music with him for this one-afternoon-only matinee! The Peggy Lee Project is a celebration of the songwriting talents of the late pop/jazz diva, Peggy Lee. While Lee was well-known for countless major hits including “Fever,” “Is That All There Is?” and “Big Spender,” she also contributed 270 original songs to the Great American Songbook, collaborating with songwriting giants Duke Ellington, Johnny Mandel, Harold Arlen, Victor Young, Quincy Jones and Sonny Burke, among many others. I am proud to announce that this production is the only Peggy Lee tribute concert in the world endorsed by The Peggy Lee Foundation, Peggy Lee Enterprises, Peggy Lee Associates and the family of Peggy Lee. Floridians, don’t miss this afternoon of memorable musical delights! For ticket information call 941-552-5325.
I love working with exemplary musicians. There is nothing like good collaboration to inspire me to reach new artistic heights! Last week I had the privilege of working with my baroque trio (soprano, flute and organ, featuring Dr. Rik Noyce on flute and Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ Conservator Philip Smith on organ) in the opening concert for the fourth annual Redondo Beach Baroque Festival.
Collaboration in the baroque style (as well as in jazz) involves trusting one’s fellow musicians and embarking on a journey together during which ideas meld and mesh, folding over one another and layering into a fabric of aural experience that is unique upon each successive performance. This we call being “in the moment” or “in the zone.” Listening and responding to the other two performers becomes a delightful dance in real time involving improvisation, rebalancing and adjustment as each part finds its way among the others in expressive freedom. Three intertwining lines or textures then culminate into a gorgeous tapestry of experience, feeling, musical shaping and storytelling. As in life, we need each other and must lean upon the musical foundation each part provides in order to elicit the full composition the composer intended, in which all parts assume equally important, indispensable roles. The art of collaboration is a wonderful part of music-making involving both trust and risk… two challenges I am most willing to undertake alongside the phenomenal musicians with whom I am blessed to work.