Karen Michaels, singer/pianist specializing in inspirational,
sultry, authentic performances. Think Bonnie Tyler meets the love child of Karen Carpenter and Elton John...that's me! Book me for your corporate event, cabaret club, wedding and more! I am a girl, a chicksinger, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am a mom and a blogger, a myspacer, a facebooker and a tweeter. I am always some of these and sometimes all of these. I adore shoes and purses, Apple computers and my iPhone, Mac make up, positive thinking and searching for new songs to sing. My husband and my son are shining examples of what I have done well in my life and the love that exists in this Universe. My music is what I must do in order to feel whole and complete. YOU are why I do it!!!
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.