Musings After “An Affair to Remember”

Musings After “An Affair to Remember”

“Musically everything just clicked!“ It isn’t often I feel like a home run with a performance. There is always something missed, a lyric, a patter glitch etc. These are things the audience would never see, but as a performer, you know. But Saturday night it was different. The stars ALL lined up and the performance guides shined on me and allowed me to be relaxed and totally in the moment, adding patter and humor, staying present and...

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Great American Composers – Who is Harry Warren?

Great American Composers – Who is Harry Warren?

Salvatore Antonio Guaragna, who would become known as Harry Warren, was born to Italian immigrant parents on Christmas Eve 1893. As the eleventh of twelve children he distinguished himself as a musician at an early age. Self-taught and able to play several instruments, at the age of 15 he took his accordion and piano proficiency, left school, and took his first job with the John Victor Brass Band as their… DRUMMER! Before serving in the US Navy...

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A Casual Afternoon of the Music

A Casual Afternoon of the Music

Memories, and Magic of Harry Warren – With less than one week before “An Affair to Remember” debuts at the 5th Annual Benefit Gala for the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Ken French and I took part of the show for an abbreviated spin around the block. Friends from San Francisco, San Jose, and beyond, dropped by for our casual afternoon of entertainment. It was great fun to get a handful of the show’s numbers in front of a live...

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Reviews Are In – “My Way” at Cinnabar Theater

Reviews Are In – “My Way” at Cinnabar Theater

Very excited to let everyone know what a successful run we had with the Frank Sinatra tribute, My Way, at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. We rounded out the 14 show run in great form and had sold-out houses at every show. Even added an unscheduled matinee to the run. Here are a couple of the local takes on the production.   Smooth Sinatra in “My Way” at Cinnabar I spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon immersed in the musical world of Frank...

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My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Big things are happening DEC 15, 2017 – JAN 14, 2018 Frank Sinatra had a milestone birthday recently – he would have been 100 years old. This wonderful production is a celebration of the life and music of one of our most enduring vocal legends. I invite you all to join me at Cinnabar Theater, in North Petaluma, CA, to celebrate the music of the man many call the greatest pop vocalist of the 20th Century.   “His songs will...

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2017 Siletz Bay – Post Festival Musings

2017 Siletz Bay – Post Festival Musings

10 years ago, Cascade Head Music Festival under the direction of Sergiu Luca, from Rice University, decided to retire as the artistic director and maestro of this long running chamber music festival on the Central Oregon coast.  Gallery owner, Lee Freed of the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City recruited Yaacov (Yaki) Bergman to take over the festival.  The name was changed to SoundWaves and for three years operated under the non-profit...

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