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I started singing at an early age, and always had ambitions to sing professionally. From the mid-1960’s on, I sang in choirs, folk groups, lounge groups and rock bands, and did session work for commercial jingles and as a back-up singer. I began writing songs at seventeen, and had several of my songs published and recorded locally in the mid-1970’s. I had long considered myself a better songwriter than singer, but in the last ten years I have gradually become a much better vocalist, performing
My current repertoire is about seventy-five standards, with songs by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Gerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, et al. I love these great old songs (The American Songbook), and I love the jazz idiom (America’s only original art form). When I sing them for an audience, I bring that love and joy into the process, and hope my listeners can feel it, as I do.
Songwriter Member, A.S.C.A.P.; member Indianapolis Jazz Foundation.
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