I'm a native New Yorker, with a degree in music, and I compose, as well as sing. I have a jazz quintet with my husband, saxophonist Ron Aprea. He and I have been fortunate to perform together for some amazing venues, which included headlining at Les Nuits du Jazz Festival in Nantes,
France, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. I have three CDs out: two are with the Ron Aprea Big Band (Just for the Fun of It and Swingin' With Legends.) The Swingin' With Legends album featured Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, and Lew Tabackin. Our most recent CD, My Shining Hour, featured Ron and me, along with a wonderful rhythm section, and the arrangements, as always, were Ron's. Looking forward to "meeting" other musicians and jazz lovers on your site!
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Classic and legendary are you and your soul mate...Amen for the pursuit of happiness in life, marriage, and great music! Continue to be Blessed+ Congratulations for the Jazz Network Worldwide feature! You are the epitome of what this network embraces! Check me out when time permits!
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."