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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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Quest for the perfect mic: Mystery shopping for musicretailer.com

Quest for the perfect mic: Mystery shopping for musicretailer.com

Originally published May 23, 2016 for The Music and Sound Retailer as part of the MI Spy nationwide mystery shopping series. I met this new writing client at NAMM 2016. Mics To Make The Heart Sing For me, the quest for the perfect vocal mic to suit diverse live and recording situations is life-long. For that reason, I,...
Percussionist Ami Molinelli, guitarist Brian Moran and vocalist Alexa Morales lead Oakland Feather River Camp 2016 music week

Percussionist Ami Molinelli, guitarist Brian Moran and vocalist Alexa Morales lead Oakland Feather River Camp 2016 music week

OFRC MUSIC WEEK boasts three professional musician guest artists, July 10-17, 2016 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety of instruments (bring what you have!). A few guitars and ukeleles, a piano and some percussion instruments will be available. We will also offer accompaniment for singers. There will be karaoke for over-the-top fun...
Berklee Press Announces New Jazz Guitar and Bass Titles

Berklee Press Announces New Jazz Guitar and Bass Titles

Berklee Press Announces New Jazz Guitar and Bass Titles Berklee Jazz Bass (HL50449636/$19.99) is written by a power team of past and present Berklee instructors (Rich Appleman, Whit Browne, and Bruce Gertz), who have 120+ years of teaching experience between them. This new title will help students learn the intricacies of playing jazz by expanding basic...
Tonight! Award-winning BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE opens for PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA

Tonight! Award-winning BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE opens for PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA

The award winning BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE  warms up the stage for Grammy Award Winning special guests PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT & LATIN DANCE PARTY   FRI JUNE 3, 2016 DOORS 7PM / SHOW 8PM The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave Downtown Berkeley  BART access Doors open – 7:00 pm...
Get this beautiful jazz history infographic for Jazz Appreciation Month!

Get this beautiful jazz history infographic for Jazz Appreciation Month!

Happy Jazz Appreciation Month! Jazz is America’s classical music, a mixture of Afro-Cuban and African rhythms, blues, ragtime, spirituals and European polyphony and instrumentation, springing up from the former French port city of New Orleans. If you have trouble remembering when the Kansas City blues were big or who was part of the West Coast Cool Jazz scene,...
Kurt Elling to present Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Hendricks

Kurt Elling to present Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Hendricks

Multi-award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling will present the ASCAP Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Hendricks at the 31st annual Bistro Awards on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 at Gotham Comedy Club in New York, NY. Elling, who is also performing, has stated, “Jon is undoubtedly the greatest jazz singer alive and an internationally. His recorded scat solos stand up to...
Sambinha Live - original tune by Anne Sajdera with vox improv by Alexa Morales

Sambinha Live – original tune by Anne Sajdera with vox improv by Alexa Morales

Anne Sajdera and I did a gig the other night at a beautiful new SF venue, Forgery, for a private event for Cigital (thanks as always, Gary McGraw!). Anne is composing for 2 pianos, gigging in Prague, nailing grants! We hadn’t done her beautiful tune Sambinha live together in a while. Here’s our version!      
Singing tonight with Cantabile Youth Chorus directed by Elena Sharkova!

Singing tonight with Cantabile Youth Chorus directed by Elena Sharkova!

So excited to be the guest artist with my band Boca Mundial (Jonathan Alford, Sam Bevan, Colin Douglas) for a benefit at Angelica’s Bell Theater in Redwood City. We are performing with a stellar youth choir, Cantabile. About Cantabile Pronounced “kahn / TAH / bee / lay ,” it is an Italian word which can...
CyberMonday! Now you can buy my full discography for 35% off with 1 click on Bandcamp!

CyberMonday! Now you can buy my full discography for 35% off with 1 click on Bandcamp!

How do you start a truly diverse jazz/improvised music performance collective in Oakland?

How do you start a truly diverse jazz/improvised music performance collective in Oakland?

How would we start a jazz/improvised music performance collective that was truly inclusive and diverse* for performing musicians in Oakland? This is a serious question. I realize that some of these already exist (Oakland Public Conservatory, La Peña, The Sound Room), and there are jams as well, such as the one started by tenor saxophonist...

Every Musician Has a Story, Every Horn Player Has a Mouthpiece…

I was trudging up the hill from the country club, past million-dollar mansions, to the green where I was performing my second show with the Reno Jazz Orchestra, led by the affable Chuck Reider. Typically, the guys had left me behind and ridden golf carts back to the stage (because typically, I had disappeared for too...
Boca Mundial plays San Francisco Park Chalet Sunday June 7!

Boca Mundial plays San Francisco Park Chalet Sunday June 7!