"Sorry to miss this till after our monthly gig! Nice pics! Glad you liked "Pardon Me". Am having trouble figuring out all of this site...where to accept new friends, etc., so thanks for being patient! Keep swingin',
"Thank you! What is your actual name? And what are your instruments? I have very little time to spend on here, alas - I have a full-time day job, which is great (secretary at a large aerospace firm), plus I do free-lance gigging…"
"Hi, Ginger! I'm on this site now (membership just accepted) and came across your profile by typing in "Leitham" to see if she was on here (I am just putting in random noted jazz artists' names, to check)! Your…"
A professional jazz pianist and vocalist performing for 26 years “and counting” all around the Los Angeles area, NINA BECK studied with the world-renowned late John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet as well as with acclaimed pianist and recording artist Don Friedman while attending City College of New York, where she got her BA in Music, Magna C** Laude. In Los Angeles, she has studied with renowned pianists Milcho Leviev, Terry Trotter, and Paul Smith. Nina plays nearly 850 songs in any key without music, and possesses absolute pitch; she also has two published original songs (search for artist “Dainel” on CD Baby - both songs are on her album “Better Things Than You”). Some of Nina’s other original songs have been song contest finalists and/or received honorable mention. Nina’s playing and singing style has been likened to Diana Krall, Kenny Barron, and Marian McPartland, and influences include Sonny Clark, Hank Jones, and Wynton Kelly. Other skills include keyboard bass, and flute - . In 2008, Nina added acclaimed jazz artists Kim Richmond and Scott Whitfield to her long list of performance credits which also includes the legendary Ernie Andrews, along with Leslie Baker, Maria Jacobs, Jack LeCompte, Sherry Luchette, Doug MacDonald, Ralph Penland, Richard Simon, and many others, at such venues as Jax, The Lighthouse, Lunaria, Maggiano’s at the Grove, The Money Tree, Mr. B, Sangria, Spazio, and others. Although she specializes in playing and singing Great American Songbook tunes of the ’30’s and ’40s, Nina not only plays in the Dixieland style (is steady pianist for a weekly-performing Dixieland sextet), but has a wide repertoire of 50’s-80’s “old school” pop/R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, light country, and easy listening hits “at her fingertips” for more commercial events. Currently, Nina is working on her own 14-song CD project and hopes to start recording in 2012.
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I am connected on LinkedIn to both JaiJai Jackson and Maria Jacobs (the latter, a credit of mine!).
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Vocalist, Piano, Other
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Sorry to miss this till after our monthly gig! Nice pics! Glad you liked "Pardon Me". Am having trouble figuring out all of this site...where to accept new friends, etc., so thanks for being patient! Keep swingin',
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Welcome to THE JAZZ NETWORK WORLDWIDE "A GREAT PLACE TO HANG"
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!!
Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll was host Marian McPartland's second guest during the first season of Piano Jazz. Thirty years later, Carroll makes a return appearance to reminisce with her friend about their experiences at the Hickory House and the Oak Room. Carroll gives a charming performance of "Very Early" and McPartland improvises a musical portrait of her guest.
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.