On March 22, 2013, I was privileged to present my Peggy Lee Tribute to TEDx Greenville, a dream of mine ten years in the making.  

I remember hearing FEVER and IN THE NAME OF LOVE as a child and really liking them, but I had no idea who sang them.  As I got further into jazz, I began delving into the history of some of my favorite artists and composers, and Peggy was both singer and songwriter, having studied with the prolific Johnny Mercer of Savannah, Georgia.  

So I kept adding Peggy's songs to my repertoire and reading up on her.  What a fascinating woman.  Well ahead of her time, she depended on her own intuition, took charge of her life's trajectory, bucked the powers-that-be, and had a proven track record to back her up.  

Here's the video from TEDx, which is just a portion of the full-length Peggy Lee Tribute to come.  <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0pyQRqsAsak?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> 

(Shhhhhh ..... The North Dakota Humanities Council is working on a grant for me to do a performance at The Peggy Lee Museum in Wimbledon, North Dakota.  I'll keep you posted.)  

Thank you, TEDx Greenville, for giving me this wonderful opportunity to share Miss Peggy Lee's story!  

Last night's Jazz Salon in Thornblade exceeded our expectations in every way!  LaRue Wait's home is gorgeous yet comfortable, and you'd think it was built for music, the acoustics were so amazing!  In fact, as the sound wafted through the two entrances to the kitchen and breakfast nook, it separated and became stereophonic.  LaRue is also a fabulous cook and had an array of delicious appetizers.  

And the crowd!  Well, just imagine playing the music you most love to people who really love it too, and are so hungry to hear it. We had originally planned to cap it off at 30, but there was so much interest, we found a way to accommodate a few more and got to 37.  It was an interesting mix of friends and family on my side and LaRue's.  Everyone knew someone, everyone met someone new, which I think is perfect!   

 

Thank you, LaRue, for being a fabulous hostess. 

Thank you, Donna Kay Smith and Lynn Calvert Halpin for your organizational skills.  You two were a good team.  

Thank you, Dale Burke and Joe Di Prima, for your expert musicianship.  You're always a pleasure.  

Thank you to all who came to support the jazz salon.  

If you're interested in hosting a jazz salon, please contact me at jazzdiva2@gmail.com.  It could be in your home or in a private room in a restaurant, and is an elegant way to entertain friends, clients, and employees during the holidays.  

SPREAD THE JAZZ!

Jean

I'd fall asleep listening to ads for Randy's Record Shop or Ernie's Record Mart, and when I could save up enough lunch money ...

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Favorite Personal Quote:  Laugh when you can, cry when you need to, apologize when you ought to, sing every day!

Favorite Meal:  Steak, lobster, and potato.

Favorite Movie:  To Kill A Mockingbird.

Favorite Travel Destination:  Italy.

Favorite Color:  Periwinkle blue.

Favorite Female Singer:  Miss Peggy Lee. 

Favorite Male Singer:  Nat King Cole.