Well, last time I wrote, it was ice....now it's RAIN! Every day for a couple of weeks now! Crazy, but much needed to end a long drought, so we're all grateful for that. The spring semester has ended at UNT, and now it's time for all the activities of summer to fire up.....the usual UNT Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop and the second week of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, as well as directing the Nebraska All-State Jazz Choir. Less work than usual for me, by choice, so that I can catch up on things like updating a website perhaps?! Maybe, but definitely writing new charts, updating classes, and most importantly, time with my family to PLAY and get refreshed after undoubtedly the busiest (and most stressful!) semester of my teaching career! I will update the calendar in the near future with the activities on the horizon, and in the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful summer as well.
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 10:16 AM
Ice-mageddon in DFW!!!
It's been a very interesting few days here in the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth, for those of you not hip to the abbreviation!) area.....since roads are literally not driveable due to thick ice, it's been fun to have some unexpected "down time" to build fires, watch Christmas specials & football, play and sled on the ice, and eat too much, but now.....I actually have cabin fever and decided I need to get busy and be productive today! So I'm starting with an entry here and an update of my calendar....can't believe I hadn't written in so long! It's really been a terrific first half of my third year of teaching here at the University of North Texas. I never would have imagined that it would take until this year to feel like I finally am getting the hang of this job, but that's how it's worked out....I love my students, my colleagues, and finally have figured out how to balance the incredible demands of the job with spending some more time with my two favorite people in the world and be more relaxed about the things I CAN'T get done and keep up with (like e-mail, phone calls, and.....e-mail!). Having said that, I'm now looking past this semester (which ends in a couple of days) towards preparing for the big Jazz Education Network Annual Conference in January here in Dallas. I'll be performing with Vertical Voices as we release our hot-off-the-presses debut CD recording, "Fourward", and we can't WAIT! (See Calendar for details) I'll also be presenting a clinic on Vocal Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques (with UNT Jazz Singers as the demo vocal group), singing with NY pianist Andy Laverne and my husband, Steve Barnes for a clinic of Andy's, and singing on the Vocal Jazz New Music Reading Session. Should be a wonderful hang with friends old and new as well as a great time of learning. Join the fun and check out details at: http://jazzednet.org
Meanwhile, have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!
Sunday, May 19th, 2013 12:06 PM
Summertime and the livin' is...well, FUN, if not easy!
Checking in from up in Seattle, where I performed a wonderfully fun house concert last night, courtesy of Nich Anderson and the JazzVox series! Made a marvelous friend in pianist Darin Clendenin, and looking forward to playing with him again in just 3 days...I'll be in residence at Edmonds Community College with Kirk Marcy's students and the fabulous Soundsation for the next few days, culminating with a concert on Wednesday night (see Calendar page). It's a lovely day up here in Seattle, and I'm looking forward to getting to be a TOURIST today...planning to visit the Space Needle, the Chihuly Museum, Pike's Place and whatever else I can fit in!
After this trip, I'll head home for a few weeks of downtime at home....YAY! Then the summer season of a few workshops and other fun things begins, interspersed with family vacation and lots of pool time (it can get a little warm down in Texas in summer, in case you hadn't heard!)....I wish you all a wonderful summer full of fun & beautiful music!
Saturday, March 9th, 2013 10:13 PM
It Might As Well Be Spring (and it IS!!!)!
Spring is springing around here in Texas, and I see the first signs of budding trees, shrubs and very white flowering trees as well -- YAY! It continues to be a very busy life here, and with the fun of spring also comes the REALLY busy season of spring with all its music festivals, trips, concerts, gigs, etc. So I'm taking a minute before the full-on insanity to check in here and update my calendar. Also, I wanted to put a link here for those of you who might be interested (and I hope that's ALL of you who are reading this!) in checking out the new UNT Jazz Singers CD, "New Day"...it's available at the UNT Music Store (online) now, and to get there, go here:
The CD is a collection of songs we performed and recorded during the 2011-12 year, including four of my vocal arrangements, one student arrangement, and two other arranger's charts. It's a diverse blend of sounds and styles with some terrific soloing from vocalists and instrumentalists, with a little something for everyone! Check it out, and have a marvelous spring!
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 8:09 AM
Fall 2012 Semester underway!
It doesn't seem possible that it has been over a YEAR since I updated this....does anyone else's life go this fast, or am I the only one?!?! (I think I know the answer to that!) It's been a whirlwind, for sure, but really GREAT in most respects, and now that I'm into my second year at UNT, I'm finding it a little bit easier to find a few minutes here and there to do things like... see if I've updated anything on my website! I haven't, obviously, so I'll be working on that in the near future....starting now with adding things to my calendar, like upcoming gigs for UNT Jazz Singers, festivals and clinics when I'll be traveling around the U.S. and Canada by myself and with my two pro vocal groups (Vertical Voices Live and Sixth Wave), AND gigs with a wonderful group that I am thrilled to now be a part of..... Brasuka! This phenomenal group plays Brazilian music, specializing in the beautiful and exciting sounds of Sergio Mendes as well asperforming original music and that of other Brazilian composers. I get the pleasure of singing alongside one of my longtime vocal pals and my UNT colleague, Rosana Eckert, plus Brian Piper on keyboards and vocals, Brian Warthen on bass, Jose Aponte on drumset, percussion and vocals, and Ricardo Bozas on percussion and vocals. My first gig with the group is Sunday, October 14 at Sweetwater (Denton, TX), and I can't wait! Which reminds me, I need to go now and practice singing in Portuguese.......
A very happy fall season to all!
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 11:17 AM
I can scarcely believe it, but it's my last weekend before the 2011-2012 academic year begins with me at the helm of the vocal area of the internationally heralded Jazz Studies Division of the University of North Texas! I officially live in Highland Village, Texas now -- about a half an hour from Dallas -- and have gone through new faculty orientation and am about 60% set up in my new office on campus. Still tons to do before classes and auditions begin Thursday, but it's all feeling very official and exciting! Can't wait to start interacting with students and hearing the MUSIC we're all going to be making.
I can also now be reached at "Jennifer.Barnes@unt.edu" for anything related to UNT and the jazz program there, so feel free to contact me directly there. Also, feel free to check out the website for UNT Vocal Jazz (which will be updated & overhauled frequently in the next few months) here:
Vertical Voices Live (Julia Dollison, me, Kerry Marsh & Greg Jasperse) has just finished recording audio & video of some of our material -- we're SUPER excited about it, and you can see it on YouTube if you look up Vertical Voices Live! The first one ready is of "Dandaya" (composed & arranged by Greg Jasperse), with 3 more full-length songs and two excerpts of others to go. Check 'em out! I'll try to embed here, but no promises......
Thursday, February 17th, 2011 10:16 AM
I have accepted the position of Director of Vocal Jazz at the University of North Texas, effective August 2011. I'm thrilled, honored and excited beyond measure to join such an esteemed faculty in this world-renowned jazz program! More info will follow SOON.....
Monday, January 3rd, 2011 9:23 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Greetings! I can't believe it's actually 2011 already... and yet, I totally CAN believe it, also, you know? The fall was actually painfully slow in some ways... slow work-wise, honestly, which allowed for some really GREAT family quality time, but the budget suffers, you dig?! So... I'm happy for a new start to a new year, and this one is certainly starting with a BANG, as my husband & I prepare to head off to New Orleans in two days for the big JEN conference.... no, not ME, but JEN as an acronym for "Jazz Education Network"! In addition to looking forward to a great social hang with lots of wonderful people, I will also be functioning in three "official" capacities:
1. Vocal New Music Reading Session
2. My own clinic I'm presenting, called "Choices for Vocal Jazz Ensembles"
3. Singing with the newly formed vocal quartet, "Vertical Voices Live"
See the calendar page for more info on those things and other upcoming fun times throughout the spring!
So I wish you all a wonderful 2011 --- may your year be filled with love, laughter and unexpected challenges & blessings!
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 1:09 PM
Fall is officially here...
...after a busy and full summer! I'm enjoying settling into a school-year routine including lots of racquetball in addition to quite a bit of music-writing and rehearsing with our new incarnation of Sixth Wave (www.6thWave.com), now that we have our fabulous new soprano in place, Julia Dollison. If you haven't checked her out, most definitely do so --- she's at www.JuliaDollison.com
Meanwhile, I'm also finishing some charts for publishing through Sound Music Publications (www.smpjazz.com), as well as preparing for the big JEN conference in January (visit www.JazzEdNet.org for more info or to register to attend), where I'll be functioning in two "official" capacities. I'll be singing in a performance with Julia Dollison, Kerry Marsh and Greg Jasperse along with a killin' rhythm section to bring to life Kerry & Julia's extraordinary "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider" project. I'll also be presenting a clinic entitled, "Choices for Vocal Jazz Ensembles" to discuss all the many facets of vocal jazz ensemble direction and the choices that are possible. REALLY looking forward to this conference
Saturday, June 5th, 2010 1:32 PM
So... it's been really fun & busy, and a couple of exciting things are on the horizon. I have joined forces with 4 other people to make some pretty crazy beautiful & incredible music come to life from an awesome recording called "Vertical Voices". Kerry Marsh & Julia Dollison created the recordings of the music of the great jazz composer/conductor Maria Schneider and you simply must hear it! Visit www.VerticalVoices.us
They asked Greg Jasperse & I to join them vocally to do some live gigs (of which we began with 2 last weekend in Sacramento & Fresno), along with my husband Steve on drumset and percussion. More gigs on the horizon, including the Folsom Jazz Festival next January and the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival next March.
Meanwhile, Sixth Wave (www.6thWave.com) has just put together an "audition" audio/video submission to perform with (and perhaps even open for) Imogen Heap in her upcoming tour performance in Los Angeles on June 19. We joined forces with 3 friends to do this, as you'll see & hear. The link to watch & listen is below, so feel free to watch and indicate if you like it!
It's CRAZY busy these days, with lots of travel, performing, gigs and family fun, not to mention wrapping up a school year. I'm psyched about a number of upcoming gigs, which I just added on the calendar page, so check out the new stuff, and if I'll be in your area, check it all out! If you're interested in a summer jazz workshop experience, I'm doing four weeks-worth of those too, so check them out as well!
Happy late spring and early summer to you!
Thursday, April 1st, 2010 4:54 PM
Sixth Wave gig SOON!
We wanted to let you know about an upcoming performance and also some very big news for Sixth Wave. Our virtuosic lead soprano, Elin Carlson, has decided to pursue new avenues in her career. For those of you who have followed the different incarnations of the "Wave" over the past decade, you know that she has been a steady driving force in everything that we've done and been able to accomplish. To say that she will be missed is an understatement. You have one final chance to hear her with the group. We'll be back at the Coffee Gallery for an evening in April for TWO identical shows. We're doing it this way to accommodate everyone so be sure to reserve your seat for one of them right away.
See the calendar page for details -- April 14 is the date!
Thursday, January 14th, 2010 2:22 PM
I feel compelled to write a prayer on behalf of all the desperate, hopeless people suffering in Haiti today:
Father God, please extend your loving and gracious hand of comfort and hope to the people of Haiti today and in the days to come... please allow more people to be found alive in the next few days, and give residents and aid workers the strength and courage to face the daunting tasks that they face. Please bless and protect all the children especially, and comfort those who have lost parents and other loved ones in this tragedy. Thank you for being trustworthy and working mysteriously through events like this, even when we don't understand. I pray this in Jesus' precious name, Amen.
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 8:42 AM
Wow --- so much for which to be thankful this year, and it's the week we get to really focus on it! Although I'm not thankful that studio work has been slower than usual this year, I have taken advantage of that slower pace to have some awesome family time, and for THAT, I'm thankful! I'm also thankful for the game of golf and it's humbling effect on my life (amen, any golfers out there?!), and am loving the fresh and cool morning air I get to experience when I play.... I'm always thankful for good friends and my wonderful family, even though I won't get to be with them in person this Thanksgiving (we're staying home for a change, and to save $$).... I'm thankful for the AMAZING school that my daughter is privileged to attend, and at which I'm privileged to get to teach a vocal jazz class/ensemble, Trinity Classical Academy (www.TrinityClassicalAcademy.com)... I'm thankful that I get to sing with five other incredible singers and friends in Sixth Wave (www.6thWave.com) and we will get to have fun on an upcoming gig in December with some other fabulous singer friends from a group called Just 4 Kicks (http://www.singers.com/jazz/just4kicks), so click over to the "Calendar" page to get more info, and I'll hope to see you there.... singing to a sold out, energetic crowd there like we did on our last gig would make me even MORE thankful!
Here's wishing you and yours a delightful, musical, thankful holiday season, starting NOW!
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 10:52 PM
Summertime, and the livin' is...
...warm and wonderful! As usual, I'm in utter disbelief at how long it's been since I've written here... July?!?! Impossible! Anyway, I think that's a good thing, because I've been busy making music, teaching music, being with my family, etc. Two summer music workshops down (U. of North Texas & Jamey Aebersold) and one to go (Colin County Community College -- see Calendar page for more info), so in between, I'm catching up on lots of backlogged writing projects and hitting the swimming pool with my favorite 5 year-old! Hope your summer is going "swimmingly" well also! If you haven't checked out the new Sixth Wave CD yet, please go visit our site at: www.6thWave.com and/or you can do the digital thang on iTunes and find it and download it there. Although of course, I'm a fan of having the hard copy of the disc so you can see our awesome pictures, etc. --- HA!!!
I'm planning to do a more serious update of this site in August, including a massive update of my Vocal Arrangement catalog (on the Audio page), so please come back and visit if you're looking for new vocal charts --- meanwhile, a couple of my newest charts AND all the charts I wrote on the Sixth Wave CD will be available in the VERY near future from Sound Music Publications (www.SMPJazz.com), so go check their site out and put my name in the Search box.
P.S. - I know I'm weird, but I STILL don't do Facebook "friendship" for anybody I don't know personally, so don't be offended if you find me there and I don't respond --- visit my myspace page or just sign up on my Contact page to be on my mailing list instead!
Sunday, February 8th, 2009 3:42 PM
Seriously, is it February already???
I don't even know what happens to January every year, but somehow, it vaporizes. Is that just me??? Well anyway, we're into February, which is the beginning of a very busy spring of concerts, festivals, clinics, and studio work for me. I'm happily and busily recording a lot of demo material for the educational publishers this season, and will soon be heading out of town for numerous gigs as both a solo artist/clinician AND with Sixth Wave. For more info on who, what, where and when, check out my calendar page, which I finally just updated, and don't forget to visit the myspace pages for me (jbjazzsinger) and Sixth Wave, as well as the Facebook Sixth Wave page and become a fan --- we LOVE our fans! If I haven't mentioned it, the brand-new Sixth Wave CD has been released and is available on our website (www.6thWave.com) now, so it's still not too late to order one and have it in time for that special Valentine's Day gift!
[Note: I don't do Facebook "friendship" for anybody I don't know personally, so don't be offended if you find me there and I don't respond --- visit my myspace page instead for that!]
Friday, October 3rd, 2008 2:24 PM
Can it be October???
Wow. I can't believe I'm driving around seeing Halloween decorations already! It just stopped hitting 100 degrees here the other day, so my midwestern sensibilities can't quite make sense of it all.... anyway, it's been an insanely long time since I've updated any news on here. Life has just been going a little too fast lately. Anyway, one of the things that's made it go so fast has been the wrapping up of the CD we've been recording with Sixth Wave --- the process began a year ago, and we're actually finishing it and have our CD release party booked for November 3 at MBar in Hollywood, so please check out the Calendar page for more info and if you're in town, PLEASE make your reservations now, as this place has limited capacity and we expect to sell out. We're also booked for some great festivals both later this fall and next spring, so I'll be adding those to the calendar shortly, but meanwhile, feel free to go visit the Sixth Wave website as well (www.6thWave.com) for more info on that, or our myspace page too. Other than Sixth Wave, I'm happy and grateful to say that I've been busy with lots of studio work -- some movies, vocals for cruise ships and the Rockettes Christmas CD (fun!), and other assorted projects. It's been a busy but wonderful summer and fall so far, and I hope yours is the same!
Cheers and a very happy fall to you all!
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 10:14 AM
Just a quick hello, since it's been so long. Lots going on these days, but all good! I've been doing quite a bit of studio singing this year, not so much live gigging. And Sixth Wave is back in the studio, aiming towards the completion of our new CD. Probably won't be released until June or so, but it's shaping up nicely. Just got to see one of the new movies that I sang on, "Horton Hears A Who", which was a HOOT! I highly recommend it to young and old alike, especially if you can see it on a big IMAX screen like we did last weekend --- my four-year-old LOVED it (even if the big eagle was a little scary)! Or maybe it was the popcorn and pretzel we shared that she loved the most -- I don't know. :-) Anyway, this Sunday I'm doing a rare and neat kind of concert --- a jazz praise concert --- with some terrific musicians by my side, so check out the calendar page for more info on that and come check it out if you're in the L.A. area.
Meanwhile, I hope you all have a wonderful spring and God bless you!
Thursday, September 13th, 2007 8:42 PM
...has it been five months since I said hello "in person" on here! Wow --- I guess time really DOES fly when you're having fun! Let's see --- lots of things going on in my life, but one of the biggest has to do with Sixth Wave activities as we prepare to record our new CD this fall. We're all busy writing new charts and we'll have a few gigs around L.A. this fall to get "studio-ready", so check out my calendar page for those, plus you can always go to www.6thWave.com to get more info on the group. I'm also looking forward to some more local jazz gigs coming up, so check back on my calendar in the near future to find out more about when and where.
A very happy fall to all!!!
Sunday, April 1st, 2007 9:23 PM
I NEED YOUR VOTE!!!!
No, don't worry, it's not politics! I have entered the "Big Phat Jam" contest, for the privilege of having a track included on the next recording by the phenomenal Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band! So your job is to PLEASE go visit www.bigphatjam.com to listen to the track that I recorded on "Too Close For Comfort" and vote for my entry THIS WEEK (April 2 - April 8). Only the vocalist with the highest number of votes each week will be entered in the finals, so like I said..... I NEED YOUR VOTE NOW! You can vote only once (with each e-mail address you may have), so please check it out and tell 10 friends to do the same!
Thank you for your support!
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 3:46 PM
.... the air, until TODAY, when I finally got back outside for some playtime with some wonderful fellow mommies & kids! Anyway, hope you're keeping warm wherever you may be. It's been a lovely wintertime for me and us, and now I'm looking forward to "grooving" again back in town for a while. I recently enjoyed being in fabulous NYC for the IAJE conference, singing with a wonderful student vocal ensemble from Iowa ("First Take") on an arrangement of mine, "Brazasia", which has been finally re-published by UNC Jazz Press --- see my "Audio" page for more info on how to get my vocal arrangements. There was lots of fresh and inspiring music to hear and I've got lots of great ideas about new music to write! Also, I've been doing more fun studio singing work, writing new charts for Sixth Wave as we prepare for a big April gig in Canada, as well as looking towards recording a new CD. The next fun thing for me will be my first workshop in Cathy Segal-Garcia's wonderful series of workshops at her home (in the L.A. area) on 2/4. If you'll be in town then, come and join us! For more info on that, see my calendar page. It's an exciting and busy time, and I hope for you as well!
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 10:52 PM
....When you're having fun, right?! I must be having a LOT of fun then, since I can't believe my last news report was in August! I've had a ball doing a good bit of singing (recent projects have included the brilliant "Happy Feet" (released tomorrow I think!), "Charlotte's Web" (singing background vox for Sarah McLachlan's title song), and an amazing video game score "GRAWF 2" -- I know nothing about those things!), as well as clinics, writing charts and of course, hanging with my hubby and almost-three-year-old buddy, Emily.
Speaking of charts, I have 2 new ones published with SMP (Sound Music Publications), which I'm VERY excited about! They are a TERRIFIC publisher for a whole lot of reasons, and if you're an educator, I urge you to RUN, don't walk to their website and get doing business with them! They're ALL about the customer in every way, and are really working hard to be the very best in vocal jazz and choral publishing at ALL levels. Check out their site at: www.smpjazz.com
Anyway, I've just added a few fun things to my calendar, and wanted to also direct you to that fun myspace page that is up and running. I'm still getting the hang of it, but it's a blast! If you want to visit and become my "friend", go to: http://www.myspace.com/jbjazzsinger
Especially at this wonderful time of year, I know that I have much for which to be thankful, and I trust that you do too, so I wish you all a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
Sunday, August 20th, 2006 3:59 PM
Summer is waning...
... and it's been a great one! I hope you've had as terrific a summer as my family and I have had --- lots of great music-making and fun family time traveling, at the beach, etc. Just thought I'd throw in an entry to say hello --- I've got a couple of gigs coming up, so check out the calendar page for those. I'm also accepting new students to start in September, so if you're in the L.A. area (permanently or just visiting), contact me if you'd like to set up a lesson or regular lessons. Also, I'm in the process of setting up my "myspace" page, so feel free to visit and become one of my "friends" there if you like to hang out there too.
Take care, enjoy your "dog days of summer" & enjoy browsing around!
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 3:35 PM
Welcome (or welcome BACK)!!!
After a long process, we've FINALLY finished updating the website! Please feel free to look around for new things. I'm especially excited about the new music on my homepage (hope you heard and enjoyed it!), the catalog listing all of the vocal charts I've written with audio samples of nearly all of them (on the "audio" page), AND the studio singing clips that are also downloadable on that page. Please also feel free to fill out the form on the "Contact" page to send me an e-mail, sign up to be on my e-mail list for performances, new charts, clinic updates, etc., and to let me know if you encounter any troubles with links or content as you browse.
Enjoy, and a very happy and music-filled spring to you all!
P.S. -- Because there's been some confusion, please note the following important disclaimer: the vocal arrangements in my catalog listing are only available if you see "UNC Jazz Press" under the "Availability" column; otherwise, they are "listenable" only, as examples of my work. In other words, the LIST is downloadable, NOT the charts! I am working to get more of these published so that they WILL be available, but in the meantime, please contact me if you have any further questions about this.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 2:32 PM
(Sorry for the Texan reference, but I just finished updating my calendar with entries about my May 2-day residency in Texas, so....!) Well, I'm not even going to make reference to the soon-to-be-completed updates to my site, since it's obviously bad luck to promise how soon they'll be finished! (I don't really believe in bad luck, but still.....) Instead, I'll just say, welcome, or welcome back if you've visited before, and check out the new dates on the calendar for anything happening in your neighborhood. And please, come back..... well, before 2007..... that's not too bold a promise to keep! :-)
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 10:27 PM
Thanks to all who are repeat visitors for your patience while I work on completing the update of my website. It's been a wonderful, busy time for the past few months -- lots of travel, performing, family time, studio work, etc. So it's all been good, but the website has been a bit neglected! I've just updated my calendar, and there will be other new content here VERY SHORTLY -- new audio, updated calendar, photo gallery, updated info on availability of vocal arrangements, etc. Meanwhile, enjoy browsing, and feel free to e-mail me if you wish to be notified upon completion of the updates.
Happy Fall To You, and God's blessings on all who've been adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina ---
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005 8:33 AM
Greetings, new and returning visitors!
The new updates are still in the works (still taking a little longer than I thought to get to this), but I wanted to at least give an update about some very exciting news for me --- I have just been selected as the newest member of the vocal group SIXTH WAVE here in Los Angeles! In case you don't know about them (or should I now say "US"!), please visit: www.6thWave.com
This is a really fun and exciting new thing for me, after a long absence from being an ensemble vocalist (except in recording studios) -- I've really missed it, and this outstanding group has been on my radar for a long time. Thankfully, just about the time that I'm ready to add a few things back into my life in addition to being "mommy", their alto left the group, creating a vacancy that I'm now delighted to be able to fill! I'm looking forward to both the singing AND hopefully having a great excuse to write some new vocal arrangements. We have several gigs in the next few months, which I'll have here on my calendar as well as all the info on the 6th Wave website.
The other "new news" is that I am no longer on the faculty of the University of Southern California. This is a decision I made in the fall and I'm VERY happy with it --- after 14 consecutive years of teaching, it was DEFINITELY time for a break; now I will be focusing my energy on two things: my family and singing!
This is the beginning of a wonderful new chapter in my life, and I thank God for the opportunity to make the change.
Please enjoy browsing my site --- and feel free to e-mail me if you want to be notified when my website update is completed, with lots of new audio, photos and other information.
Friday, December 10th, 2004 9:32 PM
O.k., now really --- when I said my website would be undergoing some changes in "the very near future" (back in JUNE!), I surely didn't mean seven months later, did I? Well, life has been humming along at a tremendous pace, and now I am finally ready to begin the updates, so please check back again and there should be new content to start the New Year of 2005, including photos of the love of my life, Emily (now 11 months old -- Yikes!), new audio and more. Meanwhile, enjoy looking around if you're a first-time visitor, and if you're a repeat visitor, feel free to visit my Calendar page to see all that will be going on for the next few months, with new things being added all the time.
At this "Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" (as Andy Williams sings so beautifully!), I extend my personal wish to all of you for the happiest, merriest and most blessed of Christmases and New Years!
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004 11:03 PM
WOW! And to think, I thought I was joking when I wrote last that I'd probably not "come up for air" for a while.... here we are, 4 months later!
Welcome to you new visitors, and welcome back to my repeat visitors --- thank you so much for your patience as I transition into my new role of "mom" and try to keep all the balls in the air, so to speak!
So much has happened, and I will simply say please go visit my "Calendar" page to see what all is new. The most exciting addition is the concert I'll be performing on July 16 in the San Francisco area with some amazing fellow musicians, to benefit an amazing cause --- check it out! Also, my website will be undergoing some updating in the very near future, with new audio (from my latest demo CD), photos (of our newest family member, of course!), and information on newly published vocal arrangements. Please come back often in the next couple of months to see and hear the changes.
I wish you all a terrific, relaxing summer!
Monday, February 9th, 2004 7:53 PM
Greetings!!! I have precious little time to write, since my husband and I welcomed our first child, Emily Ann Barnes, into the world on Friday, January 16! Please feel free to read and explore the website, and I promise that there will be updates posted as soon as I can come up for a bit of air (probably longer than I think, say the experienced parents among you.......)!
May God bless you all, and Happy Valentine's Day!
Saturday, November 1st, 2003 12:01 PM
Wow! Time is really flying by these days, and I can scarcely believe that it's been since August that I last wrote - SORRY for those of you who've checked back in. I have been trying to keep my calendar pretty updated, and have just now added a couple more items - the most noteworthy of which is the one on January 15, 2004 (go to the Calendar page to see what I'm talking about). That one probably explains both why time is flying so much and also the gap in activity between my December 29 performance in Palm Springs and the next music-related activity in March! :-) It's going to be a very exciting time, to say the least.
Meanwhile, I've been happily busy this fall with many local activities, including workshops and clinics at Canyon High School in Canyon Country, Viewpoint School in Calabasas, and others. I'm busily working to transcribe and arrange the material for our December 29 performance (see Calendar), which I think is going to be a BLAST! I'm also very grateful and excited to report that my CD has been selected by the renowned Wyndham Hotel chain as a holiday gift option for their employees and clients, so 350 of the CDs will be dispersed throughout the country -- if you are reading this because you found my website after receiving the CD, welcome and thank you for visiting! Lastly, I'm preparing my vocal jazz ensembles from USC for their fall concerts (see Calendar - 11/19 and 11/24), which should be delightful, so mark your calendars.
I'm humbled and always amazed to note the sheer number of you who are visiting this site -- reading, listening, writing, ordering my CD -- and recently there have been a couple of new COUNTRIES as well: Israel and the islands of Trinidad and Tobago! Thank you, and please keep spreading the word.
I also want to add that if any of you reading this have been affected adversely by the horrible fires here in Southern California, my thoughts and prayers have been with you - thank God, the weather seems to finally have turned and we're getting some relief for the weary firefighters and worried homeowners.
God bless you all and happy November!!!
Monday, August 11th, 2003 10:56 AM
Greetings to you all!!!
It's been a very long time since my last update, and I do apologize for that --- it's been a wonderfully busy summer for me with lots of travel, music, and some play, too! Unfortunately, amidst my travels, I broke my right thumb and have been in a cast for a good while, which has really hindered both my piano playing AND my typing skills, among other things (I'm right-handed, of course!). So.... although I'm still in a splint, I figured it was time to check in here and do some typing, including updating my Calendar with quite a few educational gigs throughout the next year or so.
ALSO, a very important promo is going on for the artists who sell CDs through the CDBaby website, involving the number of CDs sold in the month of August --- the top-selling artists will be included in a compilation CD that they will produce at their expense and distribute! So if you have visited my site before and enjoyed my music (but not purchased a copy of my CD yet), or especially if you are a first-time visitor, PLEASE go to my Audio page and listen to some samples, then click on the link "BUY FROM CDBABY" to get a copy of my CD --- I will be sure to let you all know if I make the CD. Then please tell 10 friends or family members to do the same!
Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful brief remainder of summer!
Thursday, May 22nd, 2003 10:24 AM
Happy Spring to you all (or SUMMER, as it seems here in L.A.)! It's been a busy month for me so far, mostly having to do with wrapping up a school year of teaching at USC. But as I look ahead to summer, I'm excited about various musical projects and camps that will be going on -- please check out my "Calendar" section for info on the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop as well as the U. of North Texas Vocal Jazz Workshop, both of which are EXCELLENT place to get some concentrated attention if you are a jazz voice student. I usually also use some summer "down time" to write music and work up new arrangements for my band and also for vocal ensembles, so it's a good time to contact me if you're interested in having me write (see my "Arrangements" section under "Audio")!
I'm also happy to be a part of a new CD that's just been released by a dear friend of mine, Greg Jasperse --- there's some beautiful summer "driving music" on it and terrific musicians abound! Greg is a very gifted pianist/composer/arranger/vocalist, and the CD is all his original music. Check out his brand new website, too, at "www.GregJasperse.com".
I hope that you have a terrific summer, and enjoy the site!
Thursday, April 17th, 2003 8:20 PM
Hello! Thanks to all of you who made it out to my gig last Friday night at Steamers Cafe --- it was a wonderfully exciting evening with an ELECTRIFYING performance by the rhythm section, in large part due to Otmaro Ruiz's explosive rendition of "Caravan" that brought a normally laid-back club to its feet in ovation! As they say, "A good time was had by all!".
Meanwhile, I just received word that legendary jazz radio host Chuck Niles is playing selections from my CD on his radio program on KKJZ (88.1 FM for the LA area folks; http://www.kkjz.org anyone not in LA) again -- he had played it for a while, and when I heard that the CD had disappeared from their station, I sent another right away! So give a listen on weekdays between 1 - 4 p.m. during Chuck's program, and if you hear something of mine that you like, don't hesitate to shoot them an e-mail or phone call to let them know that you heard and liked it! :-) Thanks --- we self-employed musician types need all the help from our "fans" that we can get.
Here's hoping that you all have a lovely weekend -- hopefully some quality time with family and friends as well as celebrating the blessed event of Jesus' resurrection.
Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 10:21 AM
Greetings and welcome to you!
Just a quick word to you in the greater Los Angeles area -- a reminder to check out my Calendar page for information on my live performance THIS FRIDAY NIGHT (April 11) at Steamers Cafe. It's a really fun venue with good food and it promises to be a terrific evening of jazz -- I'm really excited to be playing with a new pianist and bassist, and will be debuting several new charts. Hope you can make it!
Have a beautiful day!
Tuesday, March 18th, 2003 11:17 AM
Greetings, and happy spring to you!!!
Just giving a little update on what's been going on.... it's been a very busy stretch recently, with lots of fun things. Just yesterday I had the fun of singing on a soundtrack to a new movie ("X Men 2") at 20th Century Fox; also, if you go on a Crystal Cruise anytime soon, you'll hear my voice if you attend a live show (we recently pre-recorded lots of Broadway and pop vocals to accompany their shows)! I also had a blast singing at the March Los Angeles "Chick Singer Night" at the Knitting Factory, and the INCREDIBLE pianist (Otmaro Ruiz) and I hit it off so well musically that I asked him to play with me on my next live L.A. performance on Friday, April 11 at Steamers Cafe. We'll also be joined by legendary jazz bassist Luther Hughes, so it should be HOT -- check out my Calendar page for more info.
Meanwhile, there have now been over 2,000 visitors to this site from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russian Federation, Seychelles (I had to look on the map for that one!), Spain, the U.K., and Uruguay. I think this is very exciting that people are interested in and looking for jazz music everywhere -- I guess that music is truly the international language!
I close on a serious note..... by saying that I hope you will all join me in praying for PEACE and asking God to guide and protect the lives of EVERYONE involved in the imminent conflict in Iraq. May He give wisdom and strength to those who will courageously fight for our freedom and the freedom of those who can't fight for themselves.
May God also bless and comfort you who are reading this, even now!
Monday, February 10th, 2003 10:19 PM
Greetings, and Happy Valentine's Day (week?!)!!!
Just in case you're still looking for that perfect romantic jazz CD with which to create the perfect Valentine vibe.... I happen to know of just the thing! Jump on over to my "Audio" page and check out the info and sound clips from my CD (especially "We Kiss" or "You Taught My Heart") and then click on the link to buy it from CDBaby or Amazon and you can still get it delivered by Friday if you hurry!
Anyway, it's been quite a busy month or so since I last updated my "News", so I thought I'd check in --- a special highlight was seeing lots of old friends at the WMU Gold Company 25th Anniversary Show in Kalamzoo, Michigan two weekends ago. Welcome to my site to any of you fellow GC alums who are visiting for the first time!!!!
I just added a new gig to my Calendar page for Monday, March 3, so check that out, as it should be a good one! Also, I'm happy to say that I've passed the 1500 visitor mark now (since December!), so THANK YOU for visiting, and please keep doing such a great job of spreading the word! There will be more news soon about upcoming gigs, some new audio tracks, etc., so keep on checking back......
Sunday, January 5th, 2003 11:22 PM
Greetings and Happy New Year! Hope you're having lots of success in keeping your resolutions so far!
2003 got off to a great start for me so far, especially fueled by a wonderful gig at Steamer's Cafe on December 27 with my quartet that was standing-room only! Thanks to all of you who came out that night! Hopefully I'll be back very soon.....
Also, I'm excited to report that the final report is in, and in my website's first month of existence, I had a total of just over 1,100 visitors from 5 countries! I don't know much about this stuff, but I'm told that that's a pretty darned good showing, so thanks for checking out my site and please keep spreading the word!
I've just spent a long time updating my "Calendar" page with most of the activities (particularly education-related) that are on my 2003 calendar so far, so please feel free to check it out and e-mail me if you're interested in more information on any of the events listed.
Have a terrific week!
Wednesday, January 1st, 2003 10:30 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :-)
Just want to wish all of you a very joyous and prosperous 2003. If you're looking for someplace to head for dinner Friday night (Jan. 3)..... head on down to Granata's Italian Villa in Downey and you'll have the added bonus of hearing the wonderful young pianist Mike Cassedy and myself perform in a duo format from 8 - 10 p.m., while you enjoy your delicious Italian food! (More info on my Calendar page) See you all soon!
Tuesday, December 24th, 2002 10:25 AM
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!!
I sincerely wish all who are reading this the most joy-filled, loving and warm Christmas! And after you've finished with all the gift-opening, church-going and eating, I'm sure you'll want to hear some great LIVE JAZZ (!), so come on down to Steamers Cafe this Friday night to hear me and my quartet! It truly promises to be a LOT of fun with an outstanding group of musicians and a surprise guest or two. Jump over to my "Calendar" page for more details.
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, December 1st, 2002 5:15 PM
Welcome --- and thank you for visiting my new website!
Sorry if any of you have been checking and waiting, but with Thanksgiving madness, it all took just a little longer than we thought --- hopefully it's worth the wait!
Please make yourself at home, and don't forget to let me know you've been here (see the Contact page to send me an e-mail). I especially hope you'll enjoy listening to many kinds of sound clips on my "Audio" page and finding out where I'll be performing on my "Calendar" page -- come back often as I'll be making additions and changes frequently.
Only a few weeks to Christmas now --- can you believe it?!?!