I came up with this arrangement for “Tracks of My Tears” in 2004. I saw Smokey Robinson in the flesh that year when Prof. Dennis Wilson let me tag along to the BET Walk of Fame rehearsal in NE DC. However, the best part of the whole day was Stevie Wonder and his reggae version of “Tears of a Clown”. It made me CRY it was so funky. It inspired me to take liberties with my version of “Tracks of My Tears”, and I brought it back for a second round with my favorite guitarist.
I had a great time being the featured artist at the Sunday Jazz Lounge this week. With SJL creators Rodney Richardson and Joe Herrera out on tour, Brian Settles was hosting the show. As always, I love to perform with super creative Brian, and it was great to be with Tarus Mateen and Terence Arnett as well. Here is proof we had a good time. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us.
What a fabulous year for the Washington Jazz Arts Institute. The young musicians really rose to the challenge of some new and difficult music. Here’s the final big band number “Jitterbug Waltz”
What a fantastic show last night! Momentum keeps building and building for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. Jess and Leigh PACKED THE HOUSE! Check out Leigh and Karine killing this duet of Oscar Pettiford’s Tricotism. More videos soon.
A BIG thank you to CapitalBop for hosting a great night last night! Check out some footage of the jam session shot by WWJF superstar/intern Integriti Reeves (who had her own set last night!) Proof that you don’t have to wait to party until the end of a festival. We should have put some spotlights on Melissa’s feet!!