North of 40, Video Shoot Day

Next step in the dream (being documented in film) to return to performing in Europe is new video to showcase the evolving La Grassa band sound. Did the Nap House Studios shoot yesterday.

NHS and Matt at Cometogetherspace Gallery are…

North of 40, New Demo Video

The next task for getting back on the music map is new demo video for venues and festival bookers. My most recent videos don't accurately reflect what I'm evolving into, though Pieces of Peace is getting there. This weekend, the…

North of 40, Opening Statement

Looking up and forward to making 2022 the year of dreams. Can a woman – say, north of 40 – find her way back to Europe to showcase her new sound with her new band?  Here’s the message, hope you'll…

My Path to the Keys

I want to give a shout-out to the immensely talented Matt Kanelos, an NYC multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, for he’s the accidental reason I accompany myself on the piano today. 

Matt was my pianist in my early gigging days in Chicago. Such a…

My "Day" Job

People ask me why I don’t perform more in Chicago and central Illinois. Well, as the leader of the Contemporary Jazz Studies (CZJS) program at Lincoln College, most of my days are beyond busy, but in a good way. 

When…

Songwriting Material 

I heard an interview with Josh Ritter recently. He was talking about "All Some Kind of Dream" and "The Torch Committee" from his latest album "Fever Breaks." Both are overtly political, and a little out of his norm. But he…