Spring is finally here in Malibu

Hi There,

Spring is finally here in Malibu – you can smell a little scent of summer coming soon too, and I’m in the mood for that! I got to enjoy a beautiful spring in Chicago: tulips, crocus and lilacs in bloom everywhere when I went to perform at The Joynt, (that’s where the photo was taken). It really felt like a “joynt” – black floor,ceilings, tables, chairs – small, cozy and standing room only! Chicago knows how to have a great time, and I always enjoy myself there. Preforming in Hollywood at Catalina’s Jazz Club in April always feels like my “home-court advantage”. Friends, family, fans and great staff there too. Then I was in DC – got to have lunch with Gio from CapBop.com in the Adams Morgan section – working on my tan walking down the street in 90 degree DC heat! Whew! Then Beautiful Boston: tulips, cherry blossoms and daffodils everywhere. Remember Los Angeles was originally a desert until we stole, I mean imported, water from Colorado and Northern California, so we don’t get much in the way of flowers, so I really enjoyed that trip. Did another great interview with Matt Sokol from BIRN radio, and had lunch with the president of Berklee College, Roger Brown.

May 18th I’ll be playing solo at the new Union Room at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco in there wonderful Union Square location: http://www.theunionroom.com/calendar.htm Hope you can make it! I’ll be back on the east coast in September: 9/12 at Scullers/Boston with a band, 9/1 Cafe 939/Boston solo and 11/2 at Cornell University as a solo show. I think I will have other dates too. Here are two new live videos – let me know what you think, ok? “Subway”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8KnZ0R7RGw and “So This Is Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_VEoL6WjdE . We JUST put them up!

“American Impressions” has gotten wonderful reviews – I am really thankful for that. I loved “One of the years best” from CriticalJazz.com of course! I especially liked the review at AllAboutJazz.com by Dan Bilawsky -he is a very astute writer on the jazz scene: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=41832

It’s been cool to get such an overwhelming response at radio – THANK YOU! Really remarkable support for “American Impressions” on radio around the world. We all really appreciate the support and love throughout the years.

Hope your spring is going well too!