“All Hail the Cat”

THE JAZZ CAT SWINGS, STRUTS & CROONS ABOUT THOSE CATS OF THE FELINE VARIETY

Combing the archives turned up this fun recording done several years ago with some extraordinary talented folks.

Give yourself a “Cheshire grin” and check it out right meow!

 

 

HE WAS MY ENTRY INTO HOLLYWOOD

TODAY WOULD HAVE BEEN HENRY MANCINI’S 93rd BIRTHDAY.

I can’t let today go by without acknowledging one of my greatest mentors and benefactors, never to be forgotten.
Upon arriving in L.A. back in 1976, I was greatly blessed to work for Henry, eventually administering all his music publishing for a short time before moving on to build my performance career – the original purpose in my relocating to the west coast.

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RAISING MY VOICE AGAIN


 
IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO BE BACK IN THE RECORDING STUDIO
 … especially when it’s River City Studios, Ltd. in nearby Grand Rapids.
Thanks to Roy & Jackie for their usual warm welcome and first-rate professional skills.

…and to Bobby at Charles Holloman Productions in Charlotte for producing and co-engineering.
That’s the kind of pro team that always helps make my vocal cords hummmm on every project.

Making Up With Harry Morgan

TODAY IS HARRY MORGAN’S 102nd BIRTHDAY.

Depending on your age, you’ll probably remember actor Harry Morgan fondly from one or more of his over 100 films – or, on TV, from the original “Dragnet” (1951-1959), “December Bride” (1954-1959), “Pete and Gladys” (1960-1962) or “M*A*S*H” (1972-1983).

Harry and Hal Linden. “Blacke’s Magic” (1986)

Harry also starred in another largely (but unfairly) forgotten TV series.  In 1986, I had the great pleasure of guesting on “Blacke’s Magic,” a delightful but short-lived series starring Hal Linden and Harry Morgan – as a magician/sleuth and his father, who served as his assistant in his off-stage adventures.

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April Fool’s Day – Playing the Fool

ON APRIL FOOL’S DAY…
… it’s good to remember that, at one time or another, we’ve ALL played the fool – some of us more often than others.

Celebrating at the Gala with some of the LEAR cast.

Here’s one of my more purposeful and pleasant times as the Fool (type casting?) — in “King Lear” for NYC’s Shrunken Shakespeare Company (SSC), with director Paul Sorvino as Lear and a brilliantly talented cast, a few of whom are pictured here at the Gala, including, Eric Tucker, Anne Bates, Paul, Chukwudi Iwuji, me and Clodagh Bowyer.

 

Literary Dept. – “World Poetry Day”

 

Add some “culture” to your life.  It’s the perfect day to take a moment and focus on truly artful verse:

“There was a young lady called Harris,
That nothing could ever embarrass;
Till the bath-salts one day
In the tub where she lay
Turned out to be plaster of Paris.”

– Ogden Nash.

(Okay, so it’s a limerick, not poetry in the purist sense. But at least it doesn’t start with, “There once was a girl from Nantucket…”)

Still Scoey After All These Years

Today is the 87th birthday of one of my dear friends and colleagues for many years, Scoey Mitchlll. I wanted to be sure to remember my buddy’s birthday.

During the 1960s and 70s, Scoey was a trailblazer for African Americans in the world of standup comedy, appearing regularly on the Ed Sullivan Show and so many other variety shows and game shows. He also went on to blaze more trails, however, behind the camera as a successful writer / producer / director. Continue reading “Still Scoey After All These Years”

“Hello Dolly” – An Evening with Carol Channing

HAPPY 96th BIRTHDAY, Carol Channing, the great star of Broadway, film, television, recordings and even a Super Bowl half-time show!

The enchanting Ms. Channing.

The last time I saw Carol was quite a few years ago. I was performing at Vine St. Bar & Grill, a then-famous Hollywood jazz show room. We followed Anita O’Day, who loved our music and invited me to come see her perform the next night in Beverly Hills. Continue reading ““Hello Dolly” – An Evening with Carol Channing”