Musical Artist, Vocalist, Spoken Word Artist, Music Director
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Although I have studied voice privately I have mostly learned my jazz singing on the gig. I'm originally from LA and TX. Studied acting first at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts then gravitated into singing. Early on I married a wonderful woodwind player and we have been working together for the last 35 years. For the last few years I have been musical director of Generations of Jazz which is sponsored by the New Jersey Jazz Society. We give performances in schools on jazz and jazz history.
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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."