Mark your calendars to hear me live! On Monday, March 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, I’ll be co-guest-hosting Signature Serenade on NPR affiliate JAZZ 91.9 WCLK. You can listen live from anywhere in the world to the broadcast via their website.
As many of you know, music, particularly jazz has been a lifelong influence in all my artwork from my genre-busting and award winning book Giving Voice to wearable artwork like “Stardust on My Sleeve” and “Icy White and Crystalline,” my iconic Russian filigree cuff bracelets based on the lyrics of Ella Fitzgerald’s arrangement of “Midnight Sun” and “Kind of Blue” III inspired by Miles Davis’ groundbreaking album. This is my chance to give back and help keep alive an art form that literally keeps me going.
My husband Chris and I have been invited to guest co-host WCLK’s Spring Membership Campaign. When Chris and I met, a profound love of music was one of the key things we had in common. We’ve created a playlist based on our favorites in common with clues and hints that intertwine my artwork. We’ll be playing these interspersed with a few stories and a lot of laughs.
I’ve been listening to JAZZ 91.9 WCLK. since I was in college. I grew up in a house of Brubeck and Big Band, but it was WCLK’s 6-10 PM shift “Jazz at Sundown” that expanded my horizons in classic jazz and made me fall in love with Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and Ahmad Jamal.
Back in college, I had my kick-ass stereo in a small one-bedroom apartment with a kitchen bar that opened out into the tiny living room into which I’d stuffed my 9’ Chickering concert grand piano (that now takes up half of Chris’ office). I turned one end of the living room side of the bar into my jewelers bench (I cooked on the other side of the kitchen!) and spent many many hours squished into that space between the countertop and the piano learning my craft and biting off more than I could chew for my class projects under Richard Mafong and Gia Gogishvili. Miles, Horace, Art, Ahmad, and Duke were my ever present muses. (My neighbors, however, probably hated that I wasn’t shy about the volume.)
There aren’t very many total jazz stations left on this side of the pond. Thanks to streaming, my local station can be yours too.
You’ll only get to hear the show if you tune in since this won’t be recorded.
And while you’re at it, please help me make a difference and donate to JAZZ 91.9 WCLK at this link the station as created just for Chris and me. Signature Serenade is actually a fundraising competition, and we’re out to win with your help! For the price of 2 lattes, you can help keep me making my art that inspires you by supporting the jazz that keeps me going.
P.S. I gotta love the words right between their logo and our photo when you click on the donate link. That line might just be the story of my life.