English – Spanish – French – Portuguese

I'm an Oakland jazz salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to my itinerant childhood. Since 2004 I've done more than a dozen studio recordings for my own & other bands. In 2010, I sang on the Grammy-nominated Bien! Bien! In 2011, I made a fan-funded CD, and in 2012 my singing/songwriting was on Pacific Mambo Orchestra's debut CD. In 2013, we won a Grammy!

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra fan-funds their new album, Live from Stern Grove!

Pacific Mambo Orchestra fan-funds their new album, Live from Stern Grove!

Bringing The Mambo Back, Big Band-Style! The Grammy Award-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra releases its 2nd full-length album (and it looks and sounds amazing)! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bringing-the-mambo-back-big-band-style#/ PMO was founded in 2010 and is celebrating the Latin Big Band revival with its 2nd full-length recording, entitled ‘Live from Stern Grove’ feat. Sheila E., Marlow Rosado and Nora Suzuki...
You can stream our sold-out Valentine's Day show online!

You can stream our sold-out Valentine’s Day show online!

We had such a good time Tuesday night at Fenix in San Rafael playing quiet romantic Brazilian jazz along with some originals and songs and Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese! I was joined by Anne Sajdera on keys, Jeff Chambers on acoustic bass and Amy Molinelli on percussion. I took two melodica solos that I’m pretty...
Tips for digital decluttering: Minimalist computer and smart phone ideas

Tips for digital decluttering: Minimalist computer and smart phone ideas

Stand with Bandcamp today in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

Stand with Bandcamp today in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, the company will donate 100% of their profit share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working to oppose last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. Please read more about Bandcamp’s position here, and help spread...
Minimalismo digital: Tips para mantener tu laptop más seguro y organizado

Minimalismo digital: Tips para mantener tu laptop más seguro y organizado

Unboxing and review: Duraflame electric fireplace insert with heater

Unboxing and review: Duraflame electric fireplace insert with heater

On an especially chilly Northern California day in December, I was searching Amazon for electric stove heaters when I came across these “fireplace inserts”. I bought a used/returned Duraflame DFI020ARU-A004 Electric Fireplace Insert w/ Heater for $100 from Amazon warehouse deals, and I LOVE IT! The flames are so realistic — better, in fact, than if...
Impressions of NAMM 2017 - Day two - piano car - lucite piano - Jake Shimabukuro

Impressions of NAMM 2017 – Day two – piano car – lucite piano – Jake Shimabukuro

Here’s the vlog from my second day at (rainy) NAMM 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Most inspiring was the Steve Gadd show at Catalina (no video of that, of course), as well as Jake Shimabukuro playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps on the show floor. He showed me what Hal Galper meant when he...
What If Sex Were Real - Tiny Desk Concert Contest Entry - original song by Alexa Morales

What If Sex Were Real – Tiny Desk Concert Contest Entry – original song by Alexa Morales

So my creaky Nord keyboard drove me crazy and I tried to doctor it up or multitrack but I didn’t want to lip-sync this as it’s my entry to the NPR Tiny Desk Concert 2017 and it had to be in front of a desk. I gave up and decided this was the best performance… If...
Impressions of NAMM 2017 - Day one

Impressions of NAMM 2017 – Day one

Alexa Morales and BOCA MUNDIAL @ Fenix on Valentine's Day!

Alexa Morales and BOCA MUNDIAL @ Fenix on Valentine’s Day!

Lovers’ Trip to Paradise: Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner & live music with BOCA MUNDIAL Perfect for the diverse Bay Area, BOCA MUNDIAL starring Alexa Morales adds a touch of the “flamboyantly multilingual” (San Jose Mercury News) to every event. Alexa Morales is an Oakland Jazz and Salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to her...
KonMari Method: Decluttering all shoes!

KonMari Method: Decluttering all shoes!

My arrangement of Over the Rainbow

My arrangement of Over the Rainbow

Here’s how I play the Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg standard, Over the Rainbow. I first arranged this 16 years ago — I remember that because I was pregnant with my son at the time! I added some new touches recently. Oh, and I always modulated up — even before hearing the amazing Eva Cassidy version :-)....