In Just a Few Short Hours

In Just a Few Short Hours

Don’t let the absence of blog posts fool you – it has been a busy summer. In fact, it has been SO chock full of events and performances, that I’ve not been much time for writing! Just take a look at the Calendar Page and you will see what I mean. And I’m not even sure we got them all! One of the highlights of Summer 2015 was a song I performed at the Siletz Bay Music Festival. At the impromptu invitation of Jazz legends,...

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A Cole Porter Valentine to Remember

A Cole Porter Valentine to Remember

Valentine’s Day 2012 will never be forgotten, not just because I had dreamed of singing in Cordiner Hall for forty years but because I had no voice leading up to the concert! I first heard vocalist John Gary perform a concert at the newly built Cordiner Hall in the early 1970’s.  I remember exactly where I was sitting in the 1400 seat auditorium on the Whitman College Campus in Walla Walla, WA, when I said to myself, “Someday I am going to come...

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Two Back to Back Portland Shows and Counting

Two Back to Back Portland Shows and Counting

“OH, THOSE GERSHWIN BOYS!” George and Ira Gershwin have a collaborative history that crosses all musical divides, from popular, classical and jazz to film scores. What a perfect pair to build a show around!  And my friend Jack Moore, show builder extraordinaire, has created another entertaining show that is a companion piece to last year’s popular revue “A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green!” Check out the GREAT BLOG POST by the PCO about...

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PCO Benefit at Portland’s Jazz Gem Jimmy Mak’s

PCO Benefit at Portland’s Jazz Gem Jimmy Mak’s

Each year, artists and locals alike come out to support music in Portland! On June 3rd 2013, the Portland Chamber Orchestra is pleased to present vocalists Rocky Blumhagen, Susannah Mars and violinist Lindsay Deutsch as they perform “The Gershwin’s meet Cole Porter,” the music of George Gershwin and Cole Porter at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland, Oregon. This benefit event is perfect for those who appreciate great music and value...

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2013 Siletz Bay Music Festival – Season Dates

2013 Siletz Bay Music Festival – Season Dates

I am excited to once again be part of the  musical lineup for the Siletz Bay Music Festival in Lincoln City, Oregon. The 2013 Siletz Bay Music Festival Season runs June 12-23. Since December 2012, Susannah Mars, Charlie Creasy and I have been at work on a new show: “Oh Those Gershwin Boys – George & His Lovely Wife Ira.”  Jack Moore devised the show and along with Charlie is directing it for the festival. Our first rehearsal, at Charlie’s...

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Cole Porter Cooking at Kung Fu Bakery – PT 2

Cole Porter Cooking at Kung Fu Bakery – PT 2

Oh What a Dream Come True! The musicians on my Cole Porter CD, Easy to Love, were some of the finest… Anywhere! Even more than being exceedingly talented, they were each a pleasure and a joy to work with! What an honor to be in such fine company. If you have a moment when you are finished looking at the great pictures of many of the players below, I invite you to Listen for Yourself! This picture to the left here is me with Ron Abel....

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