Thank you PDX Jazz Fest 2015 

It's March 2015, and the PDX Jazz Festival has been in town for the last 2 weeks.  My involvement in it has given me a real affirmation of why I continue doing what I do, that is split my time and energy between piano and vibes, not being able to quit one for the other. I am grateful for the wonderful jazz community for the love and support they show for the art.

Thank you Don Lucoff, Art Abrams, Steve Hanneman, and Nancy Nickel for giving me the opportunity to share music with some wonderful…

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Art Abrams Swing Machine's Tribute to the Music of Stan Kenton 

In Feb. 2013, I had the pleasure of playing piano in the Art Abrams Swing Machine big band in a tribute to the music of the late, great band leader, Stan Kenton.  We covered music primarily from his Artistry In Rhythm period.  We also featured Portland's world-class vocalist, Rebecca Kilgore, on several tunes, harking back to the recordings Stan made with Julie London. 

 

Art's research was thorough, our rehearsals were serious, and the end result was a concert we were very proud of.  Hear is a review of…

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Photography by Rian Otto 

Our oldest daughter, Rian, has found a creative outlet:  photography.  Prompted perhaps by the birth of their two sons, she began taking pictures.  It has morphed into quite a part-time business.  Check out her stuff on Facebook.  Here are some examples: