I didn't choose jazz, or singing solo in any genre or venue.
It all chose me...and some great jazz artists made sure I didn't miss my calling.
Art Blakey said, "Jazz washes away the dust of every day life." It certainly does for me.
Expressing my inner jazz artist is how I recover and repair from life's day-to-day wear-and-tear.
What do YOU do to recharge? At future meetings we will have a chance to express these inner artists with each other.
Without further ado, here is the description of the meetup for Tuesday, February 10 at 7 PM.
The show at The Metropolitan Room on Thursday, February 10, 2015, will be a delight with very special guests. (http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190577)
The legendary Melba Joyce (www.melbajoyce.net) is a friend and teacher of mine. Melba Joyce has delighted audiences from Broadway to Viet Nam over the past several decades with too many world-famous artists to list here. If you have never heard her, you are in for a treat.
Also joining us is Keith Ingham, the jazz piano player's piano player. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Ingham). He was part of my last show at The Metropolitan Room on March 19, 2013, just before I went into the studio to record my debut CD in Pasadena with Henry "The Skipper" Franklin and Crew (www.henryfranklin.com).
Mike Weatherly (bass) and Marc Daine (guitar) have been working with me for nearly 4 years here in NYC. They are half of a four-member "hot jazz" band, the Gypsy Jazz Caravan (www.gypsyjazzcaravan.net) which Marc Daine leads. Also a composer and lyricist (www.marcdaine.com), Daine boasts of two of his originals on Janelle's debut, self-titled CD. Weatherly is bass player for his wife Janis Russell's gospel group, the Lafayette Avenue Inspirational Ensemble, based in Brooklyn. (/www.lapcbrooklyn.org/#!staff/c1w5d). Finally, driving the rhythm section together with Mike on bass will be the one and only Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, "The World's Most Recorded Drummer (www.bernardpurdie.com). Bernard, Weatherly, Daine and Ingham were also in the March 2013 show and meet again for the first time since then.
So -- book your seats and eagerly await a fabulous evening at The Metropolitan Room. I look forward to seeing you there. (http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=190577)