I love spring in the Northwest. The slightest hint of sunshine causes folks in these parts to remove any clothing that would get in the way of experiencing the elusive elixir of free vitamin D. The earth erupts with crocus and daffodil as well as weeds and the very air is a fuel for promise and new possibilities. That was how March felt for me this year. That new sun felt good.
March was made even more tasty this year by new travels to come. Monday, March 28th I participated in the Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle. The evening gave 4 high school students and 6 adults the opportunity to take the stage for 12 minutes and do their stuff. There was a full house of family and friends cheering on participants as well jazz well wishers. The audition participants were all talented, beautiful, creative and sassy in their own individual way-it was really an honor to be in this wonderful and historic venue. with the future and the present manifestations of jazz.
Personally, it was such a thrill to be on that stage, even it was for 12 minutes! The mood of the audience was warm, the sound was great and I felt like I was standing on the shoulders of musical ancestors. I was acutely aware that some great singers had graced this stage, and I had to the opportunity to shuffle around in their dust.
I am very humbled and grateful to announce that I will be going to Kobe Japan to represent Seattle in May. I will be performing for 18 minutes while the Kobe judges deliberate on the Japanese singer who will come to the US to perform.