Greetings Long Lost Friends & Brand New Fans!
I can't believe it's been four months since I sent out a newsletter or wrote on my blog to connect with you but I guess that's what happens when you are working hard, playing fast, and living in New York City (mostly!)
When last we met, I was about to welcome "The Legend" Steve Rossi as my special guest star at my regular monthly gig at The Iridium in NYC. Mr. Rossi was the singing half of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi. They played everywhere in the late 50's and early 60's, including the Ed Sullivan Show on the same night as The Beatles made their American television debut. He was also the gorgeous voice on the Academy Award Nominated song "More" from the movie Mondo Cane. Steve was charming and funny and still in really good voice (and accompanied by The Naples Sisters, a duo he performed with from time to time in Las Vegas - very, Very Vegas!) I told him I felt like the son he never knew he had! We had a blast with him and we're hoping to work together again very soon, perhaps in a duo show in Atlantic City or with the brilliant Rich Little this fall in New York! Stay tuned as those plans develop further.
In May, I was nominated for a MAC award, (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) this year in the Major Artist category. I was the outgoing Outstanding Female Vocalist from the year before, so this was a big bump up for me! Baby Jane Dexter was the glorious winner and I was honored to not only be nominated in her company (along with fellow nominees Eric Michael Gillett, Barbara Fasano, and Eric Comstock) but I was also thrilled to be asked to perform in front of a sold out house at B.B. King Blues Club with my friend and musical collaborator Sean Harkness on guitar!
I've had a slew of awesome Special Guest Stars at our continued gig at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City! We're now being hailed as "The Longest Running Nightclub Act On Broadway!" Since moving to NYC from San Francisco in March of 2009, we've done a show there every month since and we're getting a very nice following. We welcomed drummer/conductor extraordinaire Michael Berkowitz on drums (fresh off his tour and Broadway shows with Liza Minnelli) in May, Broadway Diva Karen Mason (Mamma Mia! Hairspray, Sunset Blvd) in June, Platinum Selling Lyricist/Singer Mark Winkler from Los Angeles in July, and most recently my friend and producer Scott Barbarino with our brand new Tropicabana Girls in August! We were also pleased to enjoy the company of Grammy Award Winning musicians Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears) on trumpet and the always raucous Skip Ward (Steve Martin's "The Crow") on bass with my *little big band!* Skip is now subbing on Broadway on stage in The Million Dollar Quartet and is about to go out on tour with Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes! I love this guy! Catch him on tour in a city near you and tell him "T" sent you!
Speaking of my Little Big Band... Our trombone player Mark Miller has been starring on Broadway all summer in the Frank Sinatra/Twyla Tharpe dance spectacular "Come Fly Away" where he stands center stage on the bandstand and wails out a sweet and long solo on "Makin' Whoopie" with some very hot dancers paying a little too much attention to his plunger...if you know what I mean!
I've been playing DRUMS in the Danny Leary Band every month and having a blast. We're at Comix on the Last Thursday of Every Month in The Danny Leary Variety Extravaganza! Musical Director is Kenneth Gartman at the keyboard with either Sean Harkness on guitar or Skip Ward on bass. FUN GIG!
In June, I also picked up a brand new gig writing a regular column for www.Examiner.com! I'm now the official NYC Jazz Music Examiner! I've got a few articles up online. Please do check them out, subscribe, comment, etc. The more eyeballs landing on the site, the longer I'll stay at it! And it pays a bill or two based on hits, so hit away, my friends! Daddy needs a new washing machine!
Also in June, I auditioned for a VERY COOL brand new musical called BRINDLEBEAST! I haven't received the call from the casting agent that I'm in the show... YET! Anyway, it was an honor to be asked to audition for a possibly Broadway-bound new musical and it was a fun experience, even if it WAS the day after my Iridium shows, during which I sang 30 songs with horns and bongos wailing behind me! That's New York and I love it!
I continue to sing at various benefits, corporate, and private parties, and of course at my regular gig at The Iridium. I headed upstate to sing in my hometown of Canandaigua, New York in July and met some great new musicians who played in my upstate Little Big Band. We're hoping to do that again next summer and might hit Syracuse together this October!
My Mom had hip replacement surgery on May 18th, so we got to spend a bunch of "quality time" together in Upstate New York in May, June and July. She has recovered nicely and we're looking forward to hanging out a bit in NYC before she heads back to Florida for the winter. Um... WHAT? WINTER? NO! There's a lot of summer left here and a predictably gorgeous autumn in New York.
If you're in town on the Last Tuesday of any month, please come and join us at The Iridium! My special guest star this month is TODD MURRAY, in from L.A. for a run at The Metropolitan Room. His new show is called "CROON." He can and does. He can also swing his head off! I can't wait to get him up there on stage with my band! That's on September 28th. My October 26th special guest star is, once again, the amazing KAREN MASON. November 30th brings us my pal and new TV STAR KLEA BLACKHURST! Watch for Klea on the new IFC Cable TV show, THE ONION in January! My December 28th show will be a big ole party and I'll announce the guest stars next month! Right now, we're negotiating with the wonderfully talented TONY DeSARE and equally talented TAMELA D'AMICO! Look for a little SHAYNEE RAINBOLT sighting as well!
One last thing! My new Elvis Presley show is a HIT! I'll be bringing it to The M Bar in Los Angeles on December 3rd and to my old home, The Rrazz Room, in San Francisco on December 13th! So here's the thing kids: If you buy tickets to my Rrazz Room gig NOW... and we sell OUT... which we SHOULD... then I get to add a *little big band* show on December 14th and have some fun showing my pals in the Bay Area what I've been up to at The Iridium every month since I left SF a year and a half ago! So... Please do log onto the Rrazz Room site highlighted above and buy your tickets to my Elvis show on 12/13! I'm bringing the dreamy and talented Sean Harkness with me. He will blow you away on his baritone guitar. That's it. Just me and Sean and Elvis. Apparently, a very winning combination! Here are two reviews from our NYC debut of the show:
So, that's it for this installment of "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" by Terese Genecco. Do you remember the old Cheech & Chong routine with Sister Mary Elephant? Well... I grew up on that and Bill Cosby's "Himself." It's no wonder I'm a hopeless show business hybrid kind of crazy! "The Love Child of Dean Martin and Judy Garland" INDEED!
OH!!! Speaking of Dean Martin!!! Last month, I was sitting at a front row, ringside table at Feinstein's in NYC to see DEANA MARTIN, the real life daughter of my hero, Dean Martin! Her show was fantastic! While I was tempted to sing along with every word, I kept my mouth shut until Ms. Martin actually invited the audience to sing the back up part (originally sung by The Easy Riders ) on "Memories Are Made Of This." Well... she liked what she heard from me so she grabbed me, handed me a mic, and brought me up on stage with her to sing! She enjoyed it so much, she invited me back the next night to do the very same thing. In the audience that night? REGIS PHILBIN! Now, I haven't parlayed that into an appearance on LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY YET...but I'm about to! ;-) Send in your letters to Regis! He would LOVE my shows at The Iridium!
Till next month... when I hope to be able to actually send out a regular newsletter again... stay happy and safe and please, go out and support live music as often as possible! Say hello when you get a chance! I've missed you all and can't wait to see you in person! Leave a comment here or shoot me an email!