“If I Could” by Regina Belle (1993)

If I could
I’d protect you
From the sadness
In your eyes
Give you courage
In a world
Of compromise
Yes, I would

Definitely reminiscent of the great Whitney Houston. Just discovered the great Regina Belle, from New Jersey. Her song “If I Could” was released in 1993 under Peak- Concord Jazz Label. Such a powerful vocalist and song.

“Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson’s Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle’s uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at the age of eight. She attended Dwight Morrow High School, where she studied trombonetuba and steel drums.[8] After graduation, Belle studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. She attended Rutgers University and became the first female vocalist with the school’s jazz ensemble. Belle’s musical influences include Phyllis HymanBillie HolidayShirley CaesarPatti LaBelle, and Nancy Wilson.[9] She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet “Where Did We Go Wrong” with the group on their Back to Basics album, which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. She recorded a second duet, “Maybe Tomorrow (Four Tops song)“, which appeared on the B-side of “Where Did We Go Wrong”. They eventually signed her to a record deal.” – Wikipedia

post-quarantine: all that jazz (& festivals)

So I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and we are all without a doubt quarantined in our homes under the shelter-in-place policy, so you’re probably wondering how on earth this article might be of use for you at this time?

truthfully, it’s not. However, I’ve realized what harm will it do to keep this list when you’ve had your share of Netflix binges & awful sleep schedules from not seeing the light of day for months (or year as predicted), to coming to the other side of this with our minds & bodies ready to explore & relive life as we once remembered.

Well, I figured this pandemic is going to subside eventually and this makes use for a good time once the chaos and this anxiety-ridden catastrophe is over– for good. That is if we remember how to have fun, that is.. And I know that my audience ranges from age teens to older adults, but no body said jazz is only for one page group? I mean how awesome would it be for more people my age (early/ mid 20’s) to be exposed to the gift of jazz? I wish that’s where the direction of our generation’s music would head, but I won’t hold my breathe.

Anyhow, I was watching a the documentary Quincy, which you can read about here on my article review if you’re interested, and the talk about jazz festivals. And it dawned upon me… why don’t I share this with you guys here? I mean who wouldn’t like to indulge in great company and great music?

Given that these events are subject to change due to COVID-19, below are some of the biggest (local) festivals that you may have you in mind when the time comes:

Rochester International Jazz Festival
October 2-10, 2020
Established in 2002 and presented by M&T Banks, Rochester International Jazz Festival takes place in June every year in Rochester, New York.
They do host free shows / events which you can find more about here.

Acura Celebrates 20 Years as Proud Sponsor of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 22- May 2, 2021
New Orleans is known for its rich and lively culture. And of course, for it’s strong culture in jazz since New Orleans is the birth and home of jazz.
New Orleans “Jazz Fest” was given its name due to the local unaffiliated night clubs in the area during the festival weekends. I’d absolutely love to one day attend this festival, and would definitely make this the top of my list. You can keep updated on their website here.

Montreux Jazz Festival
2020 cancelled; TBA
The Montreux Jazz Festival is held annually in July and takes place in the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
At my work at KJazz, we host seasonal sweepstakes where listeners can win a trip to amazing locations to witness & enjoy all that we call Jazz.
I’ve been told these festivals are magical, you can learn more about them here (might want to translate to English) and if interested tune to KJazz 88.1FM to sign up for sweepstakes when they are available.

Chicago Jazz Festival
August 28- September 26, 2020
The Chicago Jazz Festival is a four-day celebration of jazz located in Millennium Park in the loop area of Chicago.
The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC). Best part, admission is FREE.

Newport Jazz Festival
2020 Cancelled, TBA
The Newport Jazz Festival is a music festival held every summer in Newport, Rhode Island.
You can search their site here for updates on the next Newport Jazz Festival.

Black Sea Festival
And lastly, I know this might be a reach, but I thought it would be worthwhile to share anyway.
The Black Sea Jazz Festival is an international jazz festival held annually, traditionally in July, in Batumi and nearby locations on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, which, along with Tbilisi Jazz Festival, is one of the country’s main jazz events. These festival is one of the biggest in the world mostly because of it’s location which is on the Black Sea. great music & a view? life’s gotta be good.

New Account on Pinterest

As you know sole objective behind my site is spread my love and knowledge for arts & the music– which is what in part led me to create a Pinterest account!

I know for me, and as many others do too, I used to think Pinterest was a way to solely find aesthetic/ cute pictures to browse (which it’s fantastic for) but it didn’t occur to me that I could also use it as a platform to attract more audience to my site, and in effect, inspire may art/ music fanatics out there (woo hoo). It’s crazy how much opportunity there are out there with a simple touch on your mouse pad. I feel more than ready to really put myself out there & create a brand that I have always dreamt of creating. (And again, I thank you each of you for your support & encouragement to allow me to do so)

Anyhow, on my account, I created boards which are organized into an array of genres including: pop, country, soul, jazz, rock, etc. And within those genres, I have divided them into era’s which I think will make it that much easier for viewer to consume & also provide all visitors with a timeline behind the music & artists– as history is important in learning, conceptualizing, and understanding the evolution of music world today.

I am so excited by what I have come up with so far & only hoped it has inspired you. Whether that means searching up a music video on Youtube just to relisten to it, researching a song out of curiosity, or maybe bringing you back in a time or place in your life that evokes some feeling. My Pinterest account will act as extension of to my site, and am stoked for you guys to check it out!

You can find me on Pinterest here.

Miles Davis

The great Miles Davis. Davis was a pioneer of the cool jazz era; he was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. His popular songs “So What” from his album Kind of Blue (1959) & “Miles Run the Voodoo Down” from Bitches Brew (1970) were only some of his great crowd pleasers. Feel free to take a listen below~

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the great Miles Davis:

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.”

“I’ll play it first and tell you what it is afterwards.”

“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.”

My Experience at The Los Angeles Third Church Jazz Concert


Not too long ago, I attended a jazz event in the Los Angeles area that only lend me greater appreciation for the music art form of jazz. Eric Reed on the keys backed by a number of talented musicians by name of Anthony Thung on keys, Christopher (to what I recall) on the saxophone who was absolutely amazing and gifted, and a gentlemen on the bass (unfortunately atm I can’t recall his name). The performance was phenomenal. The musicians had great chemistry, it was as if they were communicating through their instrumentals. The whole performance got the whole crowd moving and their legs tapping’ the floor. Mind you, I was literally the only asian person in the crowd, not going to lie I felt so misplaced. Leimert Park is predominantly a black community, so almost everyone else in the room was black with a few white folks. It didn’t, however, stop me from having a great time listening and watching the masters at work. I thought it was fascinating, though there was an apparent racial contrast, the music made me feel at home. It’s amazing how music can make strangers feel like they know in each other simply by the way the other person moves to the music. Definitely a memory that makes me grateful to be living in a city where the music lives.

New Series: Vocal Tips

Hi guys, so after some thought I’ve decided that I will be sharing my musical journey as a an aspiring singer with you guys here on WordPress. From books to the internet, I thought I’d invite ya’ll over for the ride in my vocal research. From tips, to new musical and biological terminology, hidden gems of legendary artists discovered on Youtube, etc.. useful stuff for other aspiring artists. As I become learn more about the technical terms of singing, I become more passionate about it. Singing really is a beautiful tool. And there are so many types of singing styles that I have yet to explore. Here is a video of Ella Fitzgerald scat singing. Most definitely out of my comfort zone, but very interesting to learn about. I hope ya’ll enjoy this video of the Ms. Fitzgerald singing some may call “gibberish”.. beautifully..

definition of scat singing: A vocal jazz style that consists of improvised nonsense syllables sung to an an improvised melody, usually over an instrumental accompaniment. This is similar to vocalese where voices replace jazz instruments with the addition of words. (music terms)

Here are some modern jazz artists, Michael Mwenso and Brianna Thomas from the Jazz Academy, singing scat:


❦ Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald ❦

Happy belated birthday to the jazz queen, Ms. Ella Fitzgerald!

 “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald 

♫ Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

You could purchase original here: Summertime

❦ Happy Birthday to Ledisi ❦


Ms. Ledisi… her music brings light and warmth. So happy to have discovered her.

“I’m not focused on radio or whether I’m going to get all the audiences… all I wanted were great songs that were universal to any listener – Black, White, Green, Yellow; any kind a age difference.” – Ledisi

♪  When they look at me
What they fail to see
Is the love you got me feeling
Like I’m dancing on the ceiling
I can hardly breathe
‘Cause you’re all I need
So when they ask me why I’m smiling like a fool
I blame you ♪


Purchase Luther Vandross’ “My Sensitivity”:
My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way)

Purchase Ledisi’s “I Blame You” Here: I Blame You

The High Priestess of Soul

A strong female symbol within both the music industry and political realm, Miss Nina Simone left her mark as a legendary artist and political leader during the Civil Rights Movement. I would like to take a moment to dedicate this post to her, as she was one of the many who have me discover my love for music. You could read more about her biography here and buy her album here The Essential Nina Simone.