After a spectacular summer that brought The Royal Bopsters to the San Jose Jazz Festival and String Of Pearls to Wirtz, VA, I eagerly await my favorite and most colorful season. Hopefully by now you've heard about "The Bopsters," an amazing vocal quartet made up of Amy London, Pete McGuinness, Dylan Pramuk and myself. Our recording, The Royal Bopsters Project, was released (with Darmon Meader on board but he's had to bow out) in the fall on Motema Records and has made four Top Best Recordings lists for 2015, including Downbeat and Jazz Times. On it we provide lush jazz harmonies for the jazz master likes of Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross and Bob Dorough. The rave reviews keep coming in and our Birdland appearance was a hit. Look for our return later this year. Much thanks to Jana Herzon, Motema Records, Judy Humenick, and Mary Ann Topper who continue to support and encourage us. Please check out our Facebook Page under London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross and dare I ask....Like It.
If you've missed my most recent gigs in town, I'll be taking it out to Long Island soon to my favorite hang, Grasso's. Love this classy jazz bistro (but it's Italian...). It's been such a joy to see friends and jazz lovers who've come out to show their support for live jazz. I'll continue to keep you posted of further gigs as they come up so I hope you'll celebrate with me somewhere. I promise to stick to the good stuff, the Great American Songbook, but just wait till you hear what Ted and I did to Laura Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues." You'll also get to hear some original lyrics to compositions by Claudio and Rufus (penned along with Jeanne O'Connor).
You all know my work with my beloved String Of Pearls and you’ll see in my itinerary that we continue to perform near and far. So as I step out from the usual lineup, I know that I will see many familiar faces, meet new people, and share with you the music that is most dear to my heart.
Looking forward to seeing you. Now get out and don't forget your sunscreen!