Here’s a hint to where this is going: although I had noticed her name in the picks of the week in the Friday Times, and that she was on Sunnyside, I did not start to follow jazz pianist Helen Sung until I met her cousins, Juliet and Joyce. I’ve seen her perform once, at Yoshi’s, then stood in line to get her autograph on her cd, and mentioned the connection. Connie Han, meanwhile, I’ve never seen or met but know about her because either the label or the local club or KCSM were touting her. (And in my concert series, I have had recently or currently have on sale shows with: Marta Sanchez, Myra Melford, Motoko Honda and, but not to confuse you, Jenny Scheinman). My wife, meanwhile, the visual artist and she plays some piano plus she had an auntie who was a nun and played and wrote music, Terry Acebo Davis, says she is looking forward to a Norah Jones concert at a festival.I stopped a guy who was tuning the other day at Cafe Trieste in San Francisco and asked him if he was doing a performance piece or just tuning. I also took a couple piano lessons recently from Diane Boxill, who I met mainly because she and her neighbors were being evicted from their Palo Alto apartments; I progressed only far enough to be kicked out of Cafe Venetia at the train station for trying to practice there. I also meanwhile caught up with the attorney Noah Metz who once wrote me a critique of a John Ellis demo tape, that featured Aaron Goldberg.
Let’s say I am learning about piano, and jazz musicians. So what can we glean from these two videos?
Stay tuned (which reminds me; that Carla Wray says the Baldwin at Mitchell Park El Palo Alto room goes out of order because it is kept in the sun…the Baldwin that Alison Cormack is proud to have raised money for, but that Motoko says was made in China, as was….