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Warren Shadd, drummer and nephew of Shirley Horn, asked me to perform a few songs for his Christmas FB series. I chose a couple of my original holiday hits, “Give me love at Christmas time”, and “Lonely New Year’s Day”. The first was born of my distaste for Christmas commercialism, and the second is a reflection on a balmy Los Angeles holiday I spent alone. Thanks to the wonderful Nicole Saphos for spending some time with these tunes, and adding lovely harmonies! Happy Holidays!


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”