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."
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Vicki Burns is a jazz singer who has been delighting audiences in the Bay Area for years. A vocalist with impeccable taste, a sure sense of rhythm and a glorious tone, she infuses each song with heartfelt expression, digging into the lyrics and melody for their richest interpretation. No wonder the great jazz drummer, Max Roach once described Vicki's singing as "..a gold mine..! " Others have variously described Vicki's vocals as "..spectacular, yet soothing.." and "..smooth as silk..." Originally from New England, she has brought her unique song styling to clubs, concerts and special events throughout the San Francisco Area and now to New York City. San Francisco performance venues have included: Yoshi's, The Plush Room, Enrico's, Downtown, Shanghai 1930, Little Saigon, Cafe Trieste, Bistro Yoffi, Anna's Jazz Island and Jordan's at the Claremont Hotel in the San Francisco Bay Area. In September 2008, Vicki released her first live CD as an exclusive digital release available from reapandsow.com. Entitled Vicki Burns Quartet "Live At Anna's Jazz Island" it has received airplay nationwide and garnered praise form such luminaries as Scott Yanow who says : "Vicki Burns has a limitless future. Her very attractive voice, versatile style and infectious delivery combine to give her her own memorable sound.” John Gilbert of ejazz.com says: ”Vicki Burns does indeed 'burn' on this recording. The stars were aligned just right when she was blessed with a singing voice that was made for the jazz idiom.” PPI Radio Award/National Radio Award 2008 for the radio series "Jazz on the Bay", hosted by Melanie O'Reilly and features interviews and the music of jazz musicians/vocalists of the Bay Area as well as international jazz artists such as Dave Brubeck, Marion Mc Partland, Chick Corea, and James Moody. The winning series included "Women of jazz on the Bay, " which featured artists such as Vicki Burns, Anna de Leon, Susan Muscarella, Frankye Kelly, Tammy Hall, Faye Carroll,and Denise Perrier. In March of 2004, Vicki released her debut CD which features original music, lyrics and arrangements of both familiar and unusual standards. Entitled "Siren Song" it was produced by Vicki and the acclaimed flugal hornist, Dmitri Matheny, who also arranges some of the material. Matheny describes Vicki's voice as a ".. wonderful, rich instrument.. and says that it was a ..pleasure to work with her on this project..!" Jazz critic Dan Ouellette says that she "..succeeds with rapturous, mystical beauty..."
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Hi Vicki! Sorry it took me forever to respond, but I have just been so busy that I haven't had any times for the boards! My sisters still live in Saco, and I get up there at least once or twice a year. You all had some winter these past two years!!! How much snow did you get in Houlton? One of my dorm roommates lived in Houlton, and she picked potatoes every year!
Hope the music is going well. I hope to see you live one day! Send me your August schedule, and if I can I will come see you!
Vicki...thanks for the appreciations of my visuals...been a shooter in the biz for over 40 years...where does the time go, my website has a more complete array ....I was in the NYC area for 20 of those...if you're ever in Maine (summer is recommended....after June 1st...woolen underwear isn't all that much fun...lol) I have many musician friends to network with....would also gift you a shoot too...peace and all my best to you...always b
Be still my old heart.....such a fabulous voice...with style and grace..excellent works indeed...more please!...Thanks everso for sharing the wealth of your talents...if you ever need a photographer...or a cornetist....great tunes on your samples too...all classics....my best to you...always b
Thanks you for the comments.
"Billie's Bounce", WOW!... one of my favorites. That's about the tempo I like to take it as well.
You sound great!
It's nice to meet you here at The Jazz Network.