Jazz Is …

Is Jazz a STYLE of music?  A WAY of playing? A way of thinking? An analogy for life?   That’s part of what I talk about in a free webinar called “What is Jazz? (and why play it on a harp??).” You can click the link to watch the replay! “What is Jazz” is a... read more





In this room Heaven bloomed

This is an archive post ~ originally published Apr. 2, 2012 and updated in 2018 In my late teens, I was visiting Edith, my grandmother, in the San Joaquin valley where I stayed with her for part of every summer. She gave me her pincushion and a few spools of thread... read more







Play, Play, Play the Blues

This is an archive post ~ originally published May 4, 2017 and updated in 2018 When I’m trying to teach … or learn … anything – it always helps me to have a song.  This is one I wrote for a workshop on the Blues. The way we did this is that... read more






The Hidden Happiness of the Blues

The Blues.  Sad music.  Old guys on porches playing guitars. Someone done me wrong.  My baby done left me. But here’s the thing. What happens when we can’t express these things – the very things that connect us as human beings?  When we can’t express, it gets... read more

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