Musicians & Friends
“A singer is nothing without a good piano player.”
The Dream Team:
Brilliant Pianist, Arranger, & Composer
Every singer’s dream….
Bass Man Extraordinaire
I like to know where the bottom is.
Guru of Percussion
I swear he has eight arms!
The Sono Trio:
Always fun to play with these guys!
Greg, Hester Piano, Rob Wright Bass, Lee Charleton Drums
Bee Bop Pianist
He won’t play elevator music.
Tony D’Anna RIP
Inspired me to get back on it,
“You are as good as anybody out there.”
Play Spartacus for me one more time, Tones…
Can we add some MORE Bass to that?
Guitar & Bass
Miss Maple and the Babes:
Beautiful, talented, encouraging…
“You’re hot stuff! You belong out front.”
The Bass Babe sets it down.
Mutual Admiration Society
Betty Shaw RIP
The Berkeley Years
Keyboard & Chart Master
“You were born to it.”
Played every song I know in whatever key I wanted.
C flat? Yeah, I know Seems Like Old Times…
William R. Dixon “Billy” RIP
Pianist & Composer
The man who led me to play out my passion for jazz and standards.
Parties at my folks’ house always featured Billy at the piano.
Featured on early recordings
Bay Area gigs 1979-1981
Cynthia Merrill Bass
Open No Mic Host
Making dreams come true…
Teachers I would like to thank:
Vocal Coach, Miracle Worker
Cabrillo Big Band Director
Mentor & Major Influence
“He looks just as good from the front as he does from the back.”
Professor of Jazz
“A singer needs two things: tone and style…
Janie has both.”
Bass Player, Teacher
Jazz Style Setter
“Don’t go given’ away any of our secrets now…”
Yes, THE Tom Leher
“She’s ready for something!”
Goddess of Dance
Grace & Elegance Defined
“Don’t worry it takes years to develop stage presence…”