THE BIG UPDATE-2011 begins!!

Hey music lovers!! From 2008 till now, the onslaught distraction of social media; I admit keeping this website up and rocking has been more of a challenge than I anticipated…SO…I am now updating this site in phases. I will try to bring you new things via sight and sound that I haven't had a chance to share. When you are busy doing things;it's a job in itself to 'STOP' and talk about it…hence no TWITTER 4 me yet!!! whew!!! but stay tuned for a more expanded audio/media page with clips, pics and anything else I find on the web that may be fun to enjoy!!!

As I said early 2007-08, I embarked on my 'big italian adventure' with world renowned rocker ZUCCHERO. As os April 2011, we begin 'The big italian adventure pt 2' with his CHOCABECK TOUR 2011.

http://www.zucchero.it/eng/tour/

http://unpodizucchero.wordpress.com/category/chocabeck/

Visit these sites for performance details, video clips, fan reactions, etc..there is also much on YOUTUBE as well. We are having a blast!!!

From 2009 till now,i got the chance to work on projects with artists and music close to my heart; locally in los angeles and abroad. Here are a few highlights:
JOEY SOMMERVILLE [atlanta's premier jazz trumpeter and all around Grooveman]

VIC VERGEAT ROCK REUNION feat. Tim Hinkley, Mel Collins, Cosimo Lampis at the ESTIVAL JAZZ FEST 2009 IN LUGANO SWITZERLAND

The amazing musical 'BABY IT'S YOU' at the Pasadena Playhouse chronicles of the music and life of stories of the Shirelles.

SY SMITH-bringing the heat of East Coast grooves and her eclectic vocal style to the club scene in L.A. when she has a spare moment!!! We have so much fun!!!

N'DAMBI-one of the most soulful young performers I know!!! Remember her name - check out her game!!! http://www.ndambionline.com/

C.O.E.D. in JAPAN with special guests MINDI ABAIR!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np-qTfigbtg

I also began my association with the BRC all female orchestra lead by the incredible TAMAR KALI in october 2009. We have since toured extensively in France 2009 and 2010. In March 2011, this great orchestra did a rocking tribute to the music of Betty Davis in NYC as well!! There is such a unbelievable rotation of superstar vocalists involved in this project as well: JOI, N'DAMBI, HONEYCHILD COLEMAN, Angela Johnson, Imani Uzuri, Lisala, Angela Johnson, Honey Larochelle ...just to name a few!!!!
http://www.fullofentertainment.com/id/767393488 http://chaselang.com/tamar/?p=346

The fabulous Ms.Katherine McPhee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nluoj6iSpiQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lJf9J9E_pQ&feature=related

Spring 2010 also marked the maiden voyage of CHALLENGE, a power trio conceived and put together by my great friends T.M. STEVENS and CINDY BLACKMAN-SANTANA!! We toured extensively through europe to great audiences and look forward to repeating the fun in future!!!

Thanks to the magic of the internet;I have had the chance to be a part of some great studios projects as well for international emerging artists: JIMMIE EARL PERRY
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150600324470427&comments

Mctrax recording artist TOBI
http://www.youtube.com/user/mctrax#p/a/u/1/PzPaoPEsHT4

The amazing talent of singer-songwriter/guitartist AMANDA DUMAS

All the great jam sessions in los angeles at these live music venues:
libertine-
cafe cordiale-
the townhouse sunday jam w/Andrew Gouche
cozy's
pig and whistle
the mint
THE ROXY/on the rox upstairs

During these jams I got to meet and jam with old friends and make a few new ones like IVAN NEVILLE, JIMMY VIVINO, blues legend BARRY GOLDBERG, BERNARD FOWLER, CAROL HATCHETT, STEVE FERRONE, STEVE LUTHAKER, the list goes on!!…i'm a lucky girl!!!

All the NAMM and MUSIKMESSE special moments along the way, I will show on an up and coming media page as well as uploading some more photos of me taken by the great Steve Parke a few months ago.

Personally this[2007-till now] has been a challenging period of my life. The country gained a new president. I have been blessed enough to be here long enough to witness it with my baby sis by my side on inauguration day in DC. I have seen my niece graduate from college; my nephew now begins Hampton University… i lost a brother… but I gained more love in my life… another of my nieces got married a few day ago… my best friend married the love of her life in dec 2010… my montreal goddaughter did the same in sept 2010… I have seen more of this planet than I ever dreamed possible… What I have found is this… WE ARE MORE ALIKE THAN WE ARE DIFFERENT… we all need love, life lived with dignity and respect, good friends, good food and a quiet place to take it all in… breathe and begin to run the race of life…again…

bye 4 now,
'kat'