What an enjoyable evening of music and celebration for the release of my book Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan. The band was wonderful thanks to the talents of Jason Martineau, piano; Peter Barshay, bass; and Bryan Bowman, drums. And of course the good sound work of Lee Brenkman - without that we are all toast!
We did all kinds of songs with connections to Sheila and myself including tunes by Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and originals. A special happy birthday version of "Round Midnight" for Thelonious Monk and a special double song to honor Sheila, "A Bird Song For Sheila," based on Charlie Parker's, "Now's The Time" with Jim Snidero's melody line and my lyrics in tribute to Sheila.
Laurie Antonioli gave a beautiful introduction to the evening. She and I share a deep love for Sheila and an enduring mentorship through the years. I was so honored to have her spend the evening there in celebration of a lady we love and admire!
Another special guest was photographer extraordinare, Brian McMillian, who contributed the front cover photo for the book along with several other photos inside the book. He has been such a great support throughout the book experience that it was so much fun to have his presence there and to hear me sing live for the first time.
So many of my students were there to hear me sing too so it was such a blessing to share some of the music that has moved me then and now. It's been a while since I've done a concert and so I appreciate all that goes into making these types of events a reality. The California Jazz Conservatory (Jazzschool) has been such a huge support to these events. My last one was a year ago in the spring doing the vocal music of Charles Mingus.
As always, my wonderful partner, Jeff Foster, was there to take photos and a few video clips which I appreciate so much. He gets to see the completion of my ideas for these events from start to finish.
The only missing piece was my dear friend, and the subject of the book, Sheila Jordan, who was busy singing her way through Norway! No one can keep that lady from her travels to share her music with the world. She is an inspiration to us all!
Thanks again to all who attending or lent a hand to making this a successful concert.
If you missed it, hope to see you in the future!