Saturday, September 26, 2009

Video by Victor Engel!

The Sept. 11th Creative Opportunity Orchestra concert in memory of Tina Marsh was a beautiful and emotional evening of energetically charged original compositions by John Mills, Jay Rosen, Rock Savage, Bob Rodreguez and of course Tina Marsh. The vocal lines were done by myself, Susanna Sharpe and Hope Morgan. It was an adventure swimming in those unknown waters at times and an honor to be a part of making that music happen.

The following link takes you to a video done by Victor Engel of last weeks Elephant Room gig. I performed with GATO 6 in Austin, and this particular tune had musicians changing rolls. Pianist George Oldziey switched to the accordion, and John Mills put down his sax to play piano. The song is a composition I recently wrote in memory of Tina.

October has us traveling to N.Y.C. for a conference on Music, sound and engineering. I'll be back in Austin mid October to host a concert for long time friend, jazz guitarist Margaret Slovak on Oct. 26th. feel free to email me for more info. on that upcoming event at

George Oldziey and myself look forward to the December release of our C.D. "LEAP OF HEART" on Aardvark Records, with Brannen Temple and John Fremgen.

See you all in October!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sept. Music Events with Suzi Stern

Hello everyone! I am back in Texas and looking forward to September here. There are a few lovely ways to hear jazz this month in Austin, and I'm involved with the following.

The highlight event is a tribute to my dear dear friend, Tina Marsh.
The Creative Opportunity Orchestra performs, 'Echoes of the Heart', an evening of music dedicated to Tina and her work. It will be held at the Laguna Gloria Amphitheatre on Fri. September 11... Featuring current and past Orchestra members, this concert will honor Tina's voice, music, passion, and deeply felt (and fully lived) worldview of peace and cultural understanding...the show starts at 7:00 p.m. and is located at 3809 W. 35th out under the stars. We hope to see you all there...

On Sat. Sept. 19th I will be performing at the Treehouse just north of Oltorff and S.Congress in Austin, with the wonderful George Oldziey on piano. We play from 7:30 to 10:00 P.M. under a truly amazing old enormous and beautiful oak tree. The weather has shifted and evenings are so pleasant now, so we both hope you'll join us there!

On Thursday, Sept. 24th I am very excited about singing with GATO 6 at the ELEPHANT ROOM at 301 Congress Ave. in Austin. All new arrangements and several new and original compositions will be premiered. I am joined by: Kris Afflerbaugh bass, George Oldziey piano, Wayne Salzmann drums, Conor Brace trumpet and John Mills Sax.
We play from 9:30 to 1:30...I know it's late for a Thursday, but we only play in Austin once every 4 months so come on out!

On other musical fronts, Alex Coke and I continue to perform for a wonderful organization called SYMPHONY OF THE SOUL, which brings music to the elderly or the infirm who find it difficult or impossible to venture out.

George Oldziey, John Fremgen Brannen Temple and I are finished recording a new C.D. which will be available at the holidays!
And make a note that Terrance Blanchard will be coming to HOGG Auditorium at U.T. on the 23rd!

Thanks for checking out my blog and I wish you all the very Best!
Musically Yours,