Behind the Scenes w/Julie Buck ~ Vocalist

Behind the Scenes with Julie Buck:

Come join me in a conversation with Julie Buck, vocalist extraordinaire, and listen to some clips from live performances. Julie sings blues, jazz, RnB, and gives each genre class and pizzazz. It is always a joy to listen to, to perform with, and most especially, to call a friend, this talented and big-hearted Singer.

Other musicians featured in this video include:
From Johnny ain’t Right band: Terrence Kelly, Kevin Heiderman, Les Merrihew, John Minnella, James Nashu,
From the Phil Davis Jazz Sessions at Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ: Glendon Gross, Jack Wood,
From Minnesota: John Jensen,

Also, check out Julie’s Jingle productions!


From Julie’s bio from the band page, Johnny Ain’t Right:

Women with powerful voices have starred across genres for decades. Whether it’s an iconic voice, high-energy performance or engaging personality, they enrich the music scene with their special talents. Julie Buck combines all those qualities in a commanding presence that has delighted audiences across the nation.
Julie recently relocated to expand her career in Tucson. Her 30-year music career spans jazz, rock, blues and country from the Upper Midwest to the prairie to the Southwest.
Along the way, she performed at signature outdoor concert events such as the Bayfront Blues Festival and Moondance Jam with the Centerville All Stars.

The Minnesota-based All Stars are among the Midwest’s longest running classic rock acts. Julie’s strong voice and dynamic performances became a prime ingredient of the band’s draw and success. She still does occasional guest performances with the All Stars when schedules allow.
Coming off the road, Julie conquered the Fargo market, performing country rock and blues with regional powerhouses, the Roadhouse Rockets and Sugarfoot.
In 1986, Julie’s original songs propelled her to a Nashville stage where she performed on Nashville Networks’ You Can Be A Star show.

Behind the Scenes with Don “Nod” Nottingham

Last weekend I had the honor of talking with Don “Nod” Nottingham about his musical career. It was a pleasure to hear him and Jamar perform, both at the Beau Brummel’s Club final show and at the Royal Sun Lounge.

Don “Nod” Nottingham, singer, performer, arranger, and dedicated to the craft of music. His passion for the music is evident in the quality he brings to his vocal expression. When you go to hear the “Nod”, you will get shivers from his high falsetto, you will want to get up and dance to the infections grooves, and you will be entertained by one of the best in the business!

The dynamic duo, Double Trouble, which consists of Nod and Jamar Harmon, perform every 2nd and 4th Sundays from 6-9pm at the Royal Sun Lounge, 1015 N. Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705.




Introducing my jewelry

I’m excited to share some of the jewelry I’ve been making. Getting back into silver smithing has been a lot of fun.

Most of my pieces go to the Turtle Earth Healing and Art Gallery. But if you love a piece and want to take it home with you, contact me and we’ll work it out 😊

008 FFF ~ Equinox

008 FFF ~ Equinox

I love to share with you the music performed with my great musical friend, Farshid Soltanshahi. In this selection we present you with Equinox ~ jazz flute and gypsy guitar.

Our musical collaborations go back many years. Most recently, we performed at the Chapel in St Louis. And check out Farshid’s many other youtube recordings such as this video with Sandy Weltman at the Kinda Blue club. 

Farshid is amazing! He has perfected this style of gypsy guitar that has influences from Santana, Paco de Lucia, and  Al Di Meola.

Also I want to shout out to a wonderful photographer, Roy Wilkins. He is responsible for the dreamy black and white photo in the video. Check out his work at RAW SUN Photography LLC at:

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006 FFF ~ TESS & Willem cover Nica’s Dream bass & flute

Recording audio with these incredible performers

Good Morning flute lovees!

Today I bring you Nica’s Dream in a flute and bass duo. On upright bass is my dear friend Willem von Hombracht.

Nica’s Dream is written in 1956 by Horace Silver. He named it after Pannonica de Koenigswarter. For more cool info about Horace Silver, read his auto-biography “Let’s Get to the Nitty Gritty“.  This looks like a great book, I think I’d like to read it!

The tune starts with a Bb minor with a major 7th, then moves to an Ab minor with a major 7th in a latin feel. this sets the stage for some interesting harmonic ideas on the solos.

The bridge swirls around the Dbmaj tonality It is usually played with a swing feel. It has a short little measure in Dmaj right in the middle of it.

Horace Silver wrote tons of cool tunes.  I’m sure you’d love to check more of his discography.