Tonight is the final rehearsal for the concert I’m giving at the Old Fire Hall on Thursday. I am thrilled and excited and totally battling butterflies.
Once a month from September to May, Jazz Yukon holds “Jazz in the Hall”. It starts with an “educational vignette” by Steve Gedrose (who used to have a jazz show on CBC radio), then there’s a 45-minute set by a professional local jazz group. Then there’s a jazz jam to close off the night. This month, I’m the featured act.
The butterflies are pretty significant because not only am I being billed as The Professional Act of the month, but the whole concert is going to be recorded and videotaped. That ups the ante right there. I’m trying not to think about it too much, though, and just focus on have a great live gig.
Fortunately, I have a fantastic band to back me up. Dave Haddock on guitar, Anne Turner on upright bass, and Ken Searcy on drums, are an ah-MAZE-ing rhythm section. Plus we’ll have Colleen McCarthy for a trombone solo on one tune and Lisa Preto on flute for another tune.
I am singing all Julie London tunes; she’s the one who first recorded “Cry Me a River”, which I recorded as a demo this past summer. If you Google her, you’ll find YouTube videos, of course, and lots of pictures of her in all sorts of fabulous gowns. I wish I could have a costume change between each song!
So, if you’re in Whitehorse, come on out to a great night of jazz. If you’re not in Whitehorse, send some good vibes my way on Thursday night, would ya?