A Tale of Two Grammy Nominations

I’ve been around the saxophone my whole life. As a child growing up in a musical family, I always knew my Dad was home when I heard him trying to find a new reed. Then next week I would hear it put to use on the latest Sinatra record! Imagine my delight when...

FILM AND PASSION

I recently attended the Newport Beach Film Festival, and since I only had one day to see as many films as possible, I decided to pick one from each category: art/design, feature, short, family, and documentary.  My first screening was “A Not So Still Life...

MY MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Johnny Mandel

In my last blog, I spoke of some of my childhood musical influences, and this week I would like to focus on Johnny Mandel, the film composer, and what he has meant to my musical sensibilities. Many years ago my dad came home from work one day to announce, “I...

“She just killed me….her arrangements are absolutely divine. She gives these songs such a visual sense, they come alive and really pull you in!”

– Natalie Cole