StreetcredMusic: Montreux Jazz Divas, Through The Years.

1987, Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon)

Video::"To Be Free"

Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. She had a hit in the United States in 1958 with "I Loves You, Porgy".
Simone's musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.


2012, Cezara Lucia Vladescu

"Don't Think Act Blues"


Cezara-Lucia Vlădescu started her piano studies with her mother, also a pianist, Carmen Giorgiana Vlădescu. At the age of fourteen she was admitted under exceptional circumstances and with the
highest score at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe. 
Here she pursued her studies at the special division of ´Young Students` with Prof. Günter Reinhold. She completed her studies earning her Bachelor degree and Artist Diploma at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe (Germany) in the piano class of Prof. Dr. h.c. Fany Solter.

  Nikki Yanofsky, 2012

Video: "I'd Rather Go Blind"

Nikki on FB

Nikki began her professional singing career by performing at the 2006 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Only 12 at the time, this performance made her the youngest performer ever to headline at the festival.

She has returned each year since, including a special outdoor performance for the festival's 30th Anniversary in 2009 and a performance with l'Orchestre Métropolitain in 2011.

Follow me:Pete Carma 


StreetcredMusic; Why I Left New York City. Part V

  So many of the creative and talented women friends I've gained through this blog, doing shows, making videos and a film, are now gone. Like in, they left NYC. In most cases priced out, by the cost of housing.

  I asked a few of them if they would like to write about it here.
Some do, and I will be posting their words. Some will post their name, others want to do it anonymously, here's the latest in the series...

 How many times have we talked about this Pete? OK, here goes.
 Unless you have a trust fund, being in New York in your 20s can feel more like surviving than living.

...Yes to free/cheap theatre! also great ethnic food. If you take housing out of the equation, NYC can actually be really affordable, and even more interesting than the full-priced variety.

When I arrived from Canada, nothing was irrevocable; everything was within reach. Just around every corner lay something curious and interesting, something I had never before seen or done or known about. I could go to a party and meet someone who called himself Mr. Emotional Appeal and ran The Emotional Appeal Institute or Tina Onassis Blandford or a Florida cracker who was then a regular on what they called the Big C.

In fact it was difficult in the extreme for me to understand those young women for whom New York was not simply an ephemeral Estoril but a real place, girls who bought toasters and installed new cabinets in their apartments and committed themselves to some reasonable furniture. I never bought any furniture in New York. For a year or so I lived in other people’s apartments;
Yeah, I played all the venues that don't pay artists. I was a fool. That's one of your pet peeves, and a great one to pass on, cuz it only delays the inevitable.
So, the cost of rent wore me out. A centrally located apartment, ground level one subway stop from Grand Central, if you didn't mind the smell of the trash cans in Summer...went from $1700 a month to $2300 a month in 2 years. Bye Bye. So I'm off to Montreal (Oh, did I mention Health Care) and I'll soon be able to get 100 bucks when I perform.  

Elle, is a woman who became a friend of mine after we met at a Keren Botoro show on the upper west side. She left NYC, August 2018. 
See the other articles in this series:: HERE!

Follow me:: Pete Carma


StreetcredMusic: What Kind of Music Would They Make Together, Lucine Fyelon & Maya Beiser

  Don't know. But it would be as entertaining as any music being created today.

Creative genius: First up, Lucine Fyelon
....her new album "LUCINE" will be available May 25th 2018. 

Enjoy this video, one of my favorites.... 
Lucine Violin and Vocals
Lucine on Facebook
Creative genius: Maya Beiser
...Maya will be part of NYC Central Park SummerStage 
June 9th, 2018 

Enjoy this video and feel the magic...
Maya Beiser, "Khse Buon"

Maya Beiser Cello Goddess on FB

Follow me::Pete Carma