I’m proud to be a part of such a monumental and important project and moment in history- there were few artists at the time willing to speak on the subject of HIV & AIDS.. even fewer was black artists. My label didn’t want me to do it because they thought my participation would give the impression that I was either gay and or had the virus. Some things are worth fighting to be a part of and for me this was one and creatively I got to do jazz!
#tbt 1990 Singing “After You, Who” Cole Porter jazz at the first Elizabeth Taylor Amfar Event(later became one of the biggest yearly events and fundraisers for HIV\Aids). I cherish the handwritten note she sent me with a bouquet of flowers after.A real deal Icon, film legend and activist so honored to be
I think I’ll be adding to set list Blue Note Napa concerts in January- my love and appreciation of jazz comes from my parents who played it all the time when I was little – more than any other music in the house. My daughter loved to do her homework to Ella Fitzgerald and Stan Getz when she was in junior high … often when playing jazz in the car with other children- other kids were like “what kind of music is THAT?!” Lol – my way of also planting the seed of the various genres of music..
Here’s a video of my performance Live on Arsenio Hall that same year!