WAVF.org - I am an
alumnus of Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp and we
are helping Victor support the camps. A CD has
been released. Profits from sales will go
towards supporting the camp and scholarships.
to learn details and to get one for your very own.
A clip for each song is at the site, including one of
Victor Wooten - One of the most
stunning musicians I've ever met. He's a bass player's bass
player. I met him at his music/natue camp in the Fall of 2000.
Took many lessons, not only from Victor, but from his brother
Reggie, Steve Bailey, Adam Nitti, Anthony Wellington and many
others. And I learned a ton about nature, and oh man, I
could go on and on. It was wonderful! I have
a site with my pictures of camp on it,
but it doesn't reflect the big love that was there. Advice to
the wise-- never miss a show with Victor in it! He tours
with his family band and primarily plays with Bela Fleck and the
Flecktones. You won't be disappointed. Look at bass camp
pictures, and learn all
about the camp. If you're a bass player, you should
- I went to the reunion camp in October 2002 and it
was equally amazing. I couldn't resist a picture here of me and
Chuck Rainey. Chuck is one of the most recorded bassists
in history. His discography is amazing - from Steely Dan,
Michael Jackson, Qunicy Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, Bette Midler, Ringo
Starr, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles, Jackson Browne, Sergio
Mendes, Marvin Gaye, The Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, Lena
Horne, and Joe Cocker to name just a few. I was in some of his
classes, and we hung out a bit. What a treat to meet someone whose
work I've loved forever!
Summer Songs - This is a songwriting camp, held
annually in the Catskills of New York. I went in the summer of
2002 and had a wonderful, wonderful experience. I'm headed back that
way again this summer. Penny Nichols is the founder, that's how we met
each other. If you're interested in getting away to finely hone
your songwriting skills, this is the place for you. Most of the
instructors are based in folk music, but it didn't make a difference.
Those of you who've heard my music know that I'm really a jazzy, blusey
person. They were totally supportive of where I am.
Not only that, I learned a ton and heard amazing songs written by
amazing people. Check it out!
camp: From May 22-28, 2004, I attended
wilderness survival class instructed by Victor Wooten and Richard
Cleveland, who I met at Bass Camp. It was so great - I enjoyed
learning that body of knowledge that was common until the industrial
revolution. It's important to know, and I'm glad I have it.
Check out Richard's classes at www.lovetheearth.com He's an excellent teacher and I highly
recommend checking out his work.
Hey Norton - I subbed for Ernie Kirch, their bass player, sometimes.
Check them out, it's so much fun! Lots of swing, jump and blues,
with Tom Erbland on Guitar, Charlie Hastings on Sax and Dave Olson on
Crow Valley Band - Led by the irrepressible Billy F. Otis, main
vocalist and harp player. It was a privilege to play with
Book Value - Led by Karen Book, vocalist, its a girl focused
blues band. They play stuff like Sue Foley songs, and have
an all 'round good time. Players are Kim Wooten, Keys, Bruce
Penniless, Guitar, Henry Weisiger, drums. I played with them for a few
- My ex-husband. He's my favorite singer/guitar player.
No kidding. Click on his name to a page about his CD. Check
out the sound clips. He bought me my first bass, and
always encouraged my music. He's currently playing in a
Beach Boy tribute band. They sound just like the Beach Boys.
Check out stillsurfin.com
for sound clips and the schedule. We were married 25
years. All is good -- still friends. 25 years was
a pretty good run I think!
- Southern Maryland's most popular bass player and teacher!
He teaches at Hot Licks Music in Waldorf, and if you want lessons, it's
worth the drive. He is also on the staff of Victor Wooten's
bass camp. He got an excellent mention in the June 2005 issue of
Bass Player!!! Congratulations!
National Guitar Workshop - I didn't start to play music until my
mid-thirties. I went to the National Guitar Workshop in
Connecticut to take lessons, and everyone there was so nice and
encouraging. I wrote my first song there. It's
one of the reasons why I've continued to play and learn and grow
musically. I love those guys! If you play guitar, or bass or
drums or keys or sing, it's a great place to get away and immerse
yourself in music for a week or two. Check out
Dayjams for kids camp in the DC area.
- A great local band with New Orleans flavor. All good friends!
United Community Ministries
- I volunteered there. They
help people in crisis, have a food bank, a thrift shop, an employment
center. day care and many more services. If you want to
support an organization that gives 88% of all it's financial resources
in direct services, look no further. They REALLY do good -
and I've been on their board of directors so I've seen the
financial reports and statistics! It's been my privilege to
work with them.
OK, well this is enough for today.
Thanks for all your love and support!