Coming up in May is the Essex Music and Art Festival! The event spans from May 7th-through the 12th. I will be performing for their special 4-course French inspired dinner on May 10th at 7pm. Click thru to get your tickets now.. Essex al fresco tickets . I hope to see you there!
Catch Up with Ruby
This Friday, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - La Cantera is having their Re-Grand Opening with a fun Mardi-Gras Theme. I will be performing with Ken Williams on guitar. The cuisine is amazing so make sure to get your reservations well in advance. I look forward to seeing you there!
Hello everyone. Fall is in full swing. I am looking forward to performing at Joe Blues at the Blue Star Arts Complex on Thursday November 1st and Cellar Mixology on Thursday November 8th. We are excited to be performing for Eva Longoria's Eva's Heroes event "All that Jazz" Casino Night at La Villita on November 10th. Buy your tickets here "All That Jazz" Casino Night Tickets . I hope to see you out and about!
Summer is in full swing. Surf music keeps me cool when it's super hot in Texas. We have one of the best surf music bands right here in San Antonio,
King Pelican. Take a listen here:
And see them live coming up on First Friday, July 6th at the Brick.
Summer is officially here. It's time to up my summer cocktail game. I love any type of tropical cocktail when it's hot out. Here's some help to get you started on your favorite cocktail recipes. Cheers!
Portishead is an English band formed in 1991 in Bristol. They are often considered one of the pioneers of trip hop music. I remember being inspired as I listened to their music in the late 90's. Such a beautiful composition of jazz, electronic and strings. I have watched their video many times over the years of a special show they performed in Roseland NYC in '97. I have always dreamed of mixing jazz with some form of electronic music. As I listen to this again today, through this new frame of mind a thousand flowers could bloom...
Summer is quickly making its way to Texas. It is already into the 90's on a regular basis. To start easing my way in to summer, I have been listening to one of my favorite records; Getz/Gilberto (1963). These dreamy bossa novas are the perfect summer soundtrack. So grab a cocktail, sit back, relax and click play...
1. "The Girl from Ipanema" (Antônio Carlos Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes / Norman Gimbel) 0:00
2. "Doralice" (Antônio Almeida / Dorival Caymmi) 5:24
3. "Para Machucar Meu Coração" (Ary Barroso) 8:10
4. "Desafinado" (Jobim / Newton Mendonça) 13:15
5. "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" (Jobim) 17:30
6. "Só Danço Samba" (Jobim / de Moraes) 21:48
7. "O Grande Amor" (Jobim / de Moraes) 25:34
8. "Vivo Sonhando" (Jobim) 31:00
9. "The Girl From Ipanema" (45 RPM Issue) (Jobim / de Moraes / Gimbel) 34:05
10."Corcovado" (Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars) (45 RPM Issue) 37:00
Personnel Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
João Gilberto – guitar, vocals
Antônio Carlos Jobim – piano
Sebastião Neto – double bass
Milton Banana – drums, pandeiro
Astrud Gilberto – vocals (in "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado")
Getz/Gilberto is a 1964 jazz-bossa nova album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring composer and pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim. Its release helped fuel the bossa nova craze in the United States and internationally, becoming the first Grammy Award-winning album from non-American artists. It brought together Stan Getz, who had already performed the genre on his LP Jazz Samba, João Gilberto (one of the creators of the style), and Jobim, a celebrated Brazilian composer (and also one of the main creators of the genre), who wrote most of the songs in the album. It became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and turned Astrud Gilberto, who sang on the tracks "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado", into an internationally celebrated musician. The painting on the cover is by Olga Albizu.
The sun is shining in San Antonio. It's beautiful outside. Everything is green and blossoming. I am in the midst of learning some new songs in French. Expanding my repertoire. C'est si bon is one of the first songs I am working on. Of course, I had to choose my favorite from Eartha Kitt . The way she commands your attention and purrs in your ear. It's magical. You will be hearing this one soon in my upcoming shows. Until then enjoy Miss Eartha Kitt's performance...
Yma Sumac was a beautiful and talented performer from the 1950's. She was a Peruvian- American soprano. I truly enjoy her work on the Mambo No. 1 Album. She was so theatrical in her appearance and performance. Such a style inspiration to me.