Post-Concert Reflections

  What a great night I can hardly believe that a whole month has passed since my Joni Mitchell 70th Birthday Tribute Concert (and live recording) at the Narrows Center for the Arts on October 17, 2013, and what a fantastic night it was!  All of my hard work paid off.  My heart was filled […]

Happy 70th birthday to Joni Mitchell

  Today is Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday (November 7, 2013).  As I reflect on her influence on my life, it’s safe to say that Joni Mitchell single-handedly inspired me to become a musician.  I first heard Joni Mitchell’s music as a teenager in a poetry appreciation class in Junior High School, and instantly became a […]

Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

  In my previous blog (http://blog.debramann.com/behind-the-scenes-part-1/), I wrote about what goes on behind the scenes in preparing for a single concert.  I was surprised to discover how hard I could work, and how focused I could be, while preparing for my Joni MItchell 70th Birthday Tribute Concert (and live recording) at The Narrows Center for the Arts. […]

Behind the scenes (Part 1)

    Recently on my Facebook Fan Page, I mentioned that most people have no idea what goes into a single performance.  At which point, one of my Facebook fans suggested that I write a blog about this very thing. Perfect!  Especially because I am currently preparing for what I consider to be a pretty […]

Falling in love at the Newport Jazz festival

  Jazz festival season is upon us here in RI, home of the legendary Newport Jazz Festival, established in 1954, and billed as the “First Annual American Jazz Festival”. What a fantastic legacy George Wein, founder and concert organizer, has established in “America’s First Resort”. Needless to say, if you are a jazz lover, this […]

Advice for Becoming a Professional Musician

  A mutual friend, interested in becoming a professional musician, recently asked me to answer a few questions about what it’s like to be a professional musician, and how I got started.   I had never met this person, who contacted me by email, so I had no idea of her ability, or natural talent. […]