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What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Actually, the last time I posted (with the exception of the March on Washington post) was Summer 2012. I am referring to Summer 2013. A lot has happened since then. During the last six months I have been focusing on major life events that have kept me from devoting a lot of time to my […]

Family Affirmation

I know it’s been a long time since I have posted. Don’t worry, I’m still singing jazz. I just took a vacation from posting. Come back often – there will be more. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to spend time with my extended family at our biennial Miller Family Reunion. This is held […]

Lessons from my Father

I had an interesting experience last week. I sang at the monthly Jazz Jam, the same one from my last post.  I sang three tunes, (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars, I Could Write a Book, and In a Mellow Tone) and even had charts for the one tune that I don’t sing in the original […]

Antithesis of Diva

At our last JBM rehearsal, I had a conversation with Fred about vocalists. The conversation caused me to realize yet again the role of a vocalist in a jazz group. Jazz, in its essence, is communal. Most everyone’s instrument is featured at some point in a song. It’s a musical conversation where everyone gets a […]

Happy Fat Tuesday

Last night was Jazz Band Masterclass. Grayling (guitar player) was the only one in abstentia. Too bad – he missed a great rehearsal. I was able to use some of the breath work that I’ve been doing. It helped tremendously to focus on breathing. We worked on C Jam Blues (aka Duke’s Place). Fred showed […]