Sunday, January 26, 2014

Georgia on My Mind

A little taste of our West Coast Winter tour from our final performance of the tour at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, Jan 17. Vocal by Mike Davis, Jay Lepley wrote the arrangement.

Stay tuned for more!

Many thanks to William Converse for the video footage!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tour Leg 1 Update from Portland!

Hello from Portland!

We have had a wonderful time here in Portland with a great dance with Portland Lindy Society, a quick hit at the Portland icon record store, Music Millennium and two very appreciative retirement communities.  Tonight, Saturday, is our Hoagy Carmichael show, Carnival of Joy with special guest appearances by Rebecca Kilgore.  Here is Ivories website and today it says "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Very clever! 

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Sunday we're at the Olympia Elks Club for the Olympia Jazz Society dance from 1-4:30pm

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Sunday Evening is our first Seattle performance of the tour and we're swinging the Century Ballroom!

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On Monday, Jan 13, after early morning clinics and performances at Newport Highschool and Tyee Middle school we'll rush over to King 5 to be featured on New Day Northwest!  The program airs at 11am.

AND You are welcome to join us in the studio audience!  Send an email to to RSVP for free tickets!

Tuesday, January 14 we'll be at THE TRIPLE DOOR in Seattle, a beautiful club with top-notch Asian cuisine. Buy your tickets here:

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I am THANKFUL for those who listen!

It is important to me to have the respect of my peers, and to study with the master musicians and play in beautiful, friendly, special venues and earn a living doing what I love.  I am thankful for the opportunities in all of these aspects but I am also incredibly thankful for the listeners.  Those who REALLY listen to the music and support music so generously in their own ways. One of the most generous and astute listeners I know is Michael Steinman who, professionally, is a college professor although I can't imagine how he has time to teach when he is writing so prolifically on his blog, JAZZ LIVES and attending so many concerts and listening to an extremely broad range of albums new and old.  I met Michael early in my NYC life at the Ear Inn where traditional jazz magic happens every Sunday night thanks to Jon-Erik Kellso, Matt Munisteri, and a world class roster of guests.

Michael has been generous enough to come to multiple Garden Party performances with his video camera and write about both of my CDs.  Here is his most recent, a review of our Hoagy Carmichael EP, Carnival of Joy:

My favorite passage:

"But CARNIVAL OF JOY is not an attempt to copy hallowed recordings or performances.  Of course I hear sly touches of Louis and Fats and Hoagy himself in these performances, but they are admiring glances rather than full-dress impersonations.  Emily and her friends have understood something deep about the delicate balance between honoring the originals and creating something new, so each of the six songs here is a small, casual drama in itself — joyous or somber, wild or pensive (and in the case of ROCKIN’ CHAIR, nearly ominous) — with singing and playing that adeptly honor the song and carry its many messages straight to us."

I could not ask for a keener perception of our music.  Thank you, Michael!

Read the whole review HERE but beware, if you start poking around in other articles he's written you may find yourself filling with happiness and discovering tons of new music!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ISRAEL October 2013

I was thrilled to be invited to bring a band overseas for the International Super Jazz Festival in Ashdod, Israel.  We played the first night on Oct 2 for a full house in Ashdod's beautiful new performing arts center.  The festival is directed by superhero-like personality and flamboyant pianist Leonid Ptashka and this year the festival headliner was saxophonist Joe Lovano!

On Stage at the International Super Jazz Festival Ashdod 
Nick Russo-Banjo, Adrian Cunningham- reeds, Jay Lepley-Drums and Israeli bassist Tal Kuhn
(photo by Claudia Eliaza)
Getting to know fellow festival guest artist, the wonderful Boston based vocalist Claudia Eliaza.
One of my favorite memories of the trip was a late night vocal harmony jam we had on the balcony of our hotel!

After the festival Nick had to head home but Adrian, Jay and I headed out to enjoy the natural beauty of the land and people and had two more unique performance opportunities.  First in the middle of the Negev Desert.
A lookout from Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev Desert
onto the worlds largest Makhtesh (crater formed by erosion) 
Jay adds his mug to our poster (left) and (right) we were joined by Noam Elron on bass. Photo by Gady Laybrock

And second in a great club in vibrant Tel Aviv, The Zone, and we were very happy to meet so many new friends and fans. Thanks to all who made it such a great night!

At The Zone in Tel Aviv with Noam Elron- Bass and Hezi Jait on guitar. Photo by Barak Hajaj 
 It is a gift to be able to play music around the world with my friends.

The coolest graffiti ever. Tel Aviv

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jeff and Joel's House Party Oct 11-13

I can't wait to be a part of this two days of intimate hot jazz with a great line-up of players in a beautiful historic farm house in Connecticut!  October 12 and 13, buy your tickets now at or on the official Facebook Page
here's a preview from last year's party: