None of it would have been possible without the persistence of Chicago native Paul Mikos, a dedicated and loyal fan of The Great American Songbook, who also happens to like my singing. He is a regular patron of Winter's JC, and thought the room would be an ideal setting for me if he could organize an engagement. Well, organize he did, with grace and kindness. We have been friends for many years, and now we are bound together by a new set of parameters.
Winter's Jazz Club is guided in its "We want you to listen" policy by Scott Stegman, a true gentleman who has established WJC as a unique place, clearly focused on the Artist and his or her presentation. He has been rewarded in his effort, and Winter's Jazz Club is a cherished landmark in Chicago. Bravo, Scott, and thank you for giving me an extraordinary memories.
I admit I approached Friday night with some trepidation because I would be singing with musicians who didn't know me or my style, and in fact, would meet them for the first time on Thursday afternoon, minutes after my plane landed at O'Hare. I knew instantly we would form a sympathetic trio, and I am ever grateful of how sensitive they were to me. They were most certainly listening to me! Thank you Jeremy Kahn, and Patrick Mulcahey. Isn't it nice we are such good pals so quickly?
My next engagement is at Birdland in New York City, September 20 and 21. Show on Friday starts at 5:30 PM, on Saturday, I'm on at 9:45 PM.
I happily announce that legendary musicians have agreed to share the Birdland stage with me: Mike Renzi will play piano; Jay Leonhart will play bass, and fellow Rhode Islander Scott Hamilton will add tasty tenor sax flourishes. Wow, huh? Yes, I am eager for this one. It will all be recorded, both as video for "Sloane, The Documentary" and an eventual CD.
Life is good.