SAG/ AFTRA- AEA- MACnyc
Character Actor, Jazz Recording Artist, Writer...
The show goes on in soft and subtle ways...as it should...
It has been my great pleasure to interview other artists! Two of my favorites showcased two multi-talented and creative women on different sides of the artistic spectrum...
July 31, 2009
For Jazz lovers, absolutely nothing can compare to the joy of listening to a great vocalist who can transport you back in time while simultaneously delighting you “in the moment.” That’s the sensation that audiences and fans of Ella Fitzgerald are experiencing with Freda Payne’s “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.”
July 27, 2009
There are many definitions of jazz. Among them are the words ‘animated’ and ‘enthusiasm.’ Certainly, the lady who is known to her fans as the “Queen of Hang,” would fit those two definitions very well.
Sheila E. Anderson came to WBGO 88.3 FM like she has to so many other things in her life. She jumped in head first with joy and a sense of community as a volunteer for the station. That started her down a path of jazz discovery and on-air experiences that should be the envy of anyone who has ever thought about securing a gig that they love. When I asked Sheila if this was the path that she imagined her life would take, she said, “Yes and No. I never knew what I wanted to be. Everyone in my neighborhood was a teacher, lawyer or doctor. I wanted to be a psychologist until I took biology.” Then she said, “I knew... that’s ain’t gonna happen!” I laughed, because phrasing was hilarious! She explained, “I just wanted to hang out and get paid.” From that moment on I knew my chatting with the jazz maven would be more ‘event’ than interview.
From the arts to politics...I love to write! In 2005, my love of politics won a slot in the finals of C-Span's Washington Journal essay contest! It was a very proud moment! Here's that essay:
My Intellectual Addiction To C-SPAN's Washington Journal
During the 1992 presidential campaign, I became so hungry for any and all political information, that I channel surfed my way to C-SPAN. One morning, you had Mary Matalin as a guest. Being a Liberal and not afraid of the word, I jumped at the chance to challenge this conservative woman on the issues motivating the George H. W. Bush campaign. I actually saw her a little speechless as I proceeded to hit her with contradiction after contradiction. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I was hooked from that point on. I consider myself a faux activist of sorts because I could never run for office. I am a professional actress with union affiliations! Those two categories seem to disqualify Liberals these days! My need for a daily political fix is so great that I have to turn on Washington Journal every morning. The only time I can't get it is when I am traveling and hotels don't provide it. It should be required viewing in all hotels! Every morning I get to play " Representative Troll" from New York. Sometimes I become so animated I am moved to call. When I can't get through, I enjoy the give and take from other callers. Your moderators exude discipline and patience. Thanks for being unfiltered! You satisfy the actress in me by allowing me to play a politician on television and feeding my intellectual addiction to C-SPAN!
If you haven't become addicted (yet) you will, if you love politics! Catch Washington Journal every morning from 7:00am to 10:00am EST or check them out here:
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