On The Road Again with Lenore Raphael

Well, Dear Reader,

The month of February was cold, cold cold almost everywhere in the United States but I escaped to the south and performed in both North Carolina and Florida.

March is in like a lion and seems like out the same way this time but we never let that get in our way. It is also Women’s History Month and it was indeed a good one for jazz for my performances. Starting on March 3, I had the pleasure of performing at the John Birks Gillespie (named after Dizzy Gillespie) theater in the B’hai Center in lower Manhattan. This venue features jazz every Tuesday and is run by my former jazz teacher and wonderful pianist Mike Longo.

In spite of the weather, we had a terrific audience of jazz lovers and I again enjoyed performing with the great guitarist Howard Alden and swinging bassist Kelly Friesen.  We have a recording together, “Love Notes” that is dedicated to my idol, Oscar Peterson.

On March 6, I once again returned to another favorite jazz club in Montclair, New Jersey…Trumpets (www.trumpetsjazz.ccom).Trumpets aways features great, swinging mainstream and sometimes more progressive groups. It has been run for years by Enrico Granafei, a fine harmonica and guitar player, and Kristine Masari, a vocalist. Again, Howard Alden, Kelly Friesen and I had a great time and the room was packed with a mix of jazz lovers and people who wanted to know more about what jazz is. Then, continuing the Women’s History Month theme, I enjoyed playing on March 11th with vocalist Jeanne Gies at a fairly new venue in Manhattan, Room 53.  It is a good listening room in the middle of Manhattan’s west side, and an area known as Hell’s Kitchen, which way back earned its name, but now is one of the most expensive areas of the city.

I will again be on the road back to North Carolina for another great concert at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex  (www.thehalle.org) and another at Congregation Beth Meyer in Raeigh, North Carolina before going on a week long tour in Colorado in April.

There is always more to “the road” and I am always enjoying the ride. Until the next time, I remain your road warrior.

Lenore Raphael

(check out www.lenoreraphael.com and www.swinginfox.com for information about these events and recordings mentioned).

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