Thank you Dixieland Monterey!

I'm just getting back into the 'swing' of things after a little maternity leave and I have to say I couldn't have asked for 2 better events with which to start the year off, the annual Dixieland Montery jazz festival and a show up at Hearst Castle.

The month began with a guest artist appearance at Jazz By the Bay, a wonderful traditional jazz & swing festival held every year in Monterey.  A big thanks to Dixieland Monterey Hot Jazz Society and band coordinator Big Mama Sue for another great festival!  This year was especially cool for me since not only did I get to perform with old friends such as the High Sierra Jazz Band, I got to share the stage with some very fine pianists I've long admired - Chris Calabrese, David Boeddinghaus, Yve Evans, and last but certainly not least, Jeff Barnhart and the Titan Hot Seven.  Don't get me wrong, I love playing and hanging out in the back of the band with a tight rhythm section, but nothing beats having a wonderful accompanist and just getting to sing!

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