I'm just "recovering" from such a wonderful night at Bob Cowarts house. Perched in the Berkeley Hills, this lovely venue with a beautiful grand piano was host to me, Jon Evans (bass) and Josh Nelson (piano) and our music. It was in a word... magical. I will cherish that night forever!
It was wonderful seeing Robert Locke after about 18 years, and so many people that have supported me! I love house concerts more than anything, and cherish the opportunity! Thank you so much!
11/7/2004 - Natasha and Bobby featured on KRON 4 news!
Wow! A huge warm "thank you" to Noel Cisneros who came to my home to interview me and Bobby for such a lovely piece that aired THREE TIMES on KRON 4 news in the Bay Area. I'll have the piece on my web site soon!
11/1/2004 - Natasha is given award for Business and Professional Women's Achievement in the Arts
I accepted an award for outstanding women in the arts from this great and incredible organization. How humbled was I that I was honored by professional women and presented this award by Congressman Pete Stark! I also was given a proclimation by Wilma Chang and Barbara Lee! Thank you so much! At 33 years old, I can't believe I've done enough to warrant such honor, but I'm thankful!
10/21/2004 - Duet with Bobby Sharp in the works!
Oh my God, it's so beautiful! Bobby and I are working on a duet called "As The Years Come and Go" and it's so wonderful! Ellen Hoffman did the superb arrangement and even wrote a violin part for me! We'll certainly do it at our next Yoshi's gig which will probably be in February! It will certainly go on the next record. Hey, we should do a live @ Yoshi's recording, shouldn't we? I think I will.
That's that for now. Check the dates on this site to see me play live soon!
10/10/2004 - Back from the Ray Charles Tribute @ Staples Center in LA
Well, it was star-studded, and fantastic! I got to hang with the likes of Jamie Cullum , Al Green (who gave me plenty of warm sweet kisses and "I Love You's"), Billy Preston, Usher (his mom is so cool!), Ellen Degeneres, Morgan Freeman (who was singing "Unchain My Heart" out in the hallway), Bruce Willis, Jamie Foxx, Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Regina King, Alfre Woodard, David "Fathead" Newman, and many more sparkling stars.
Everyone who performed that night including Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, and Norah Jones have the "I Had a Feelin'" songbook and CD! Jamie Cullum was going to go back to his hotel room to play through the charts. Maybe he'll perform "A Real Swingin' Affair"! Wouldn't that be great?
Photos will be up on the site soon, so check back!
9/11/2004 - Santa Monica + the L.A. Times
I just returned from an exhilerating trip to Santa Monica with the great Bobby Sharp! We performed at this really lovely venue called the Vic for Jazz, which has got to be the most hip, "secret" private jazz club in existence! Ray Slayton is the mastermind behind this. (check www.thevicforjazz.com). Performing with me was the genious pianist Josh Nelson, and the tight duo of John Crooks/bass and Chris Wabich/drums. I was in heaven! Anyway, thanks to all who came, enjoyed, bought nearly ALL my CD's, and were part of yet another piece of my history. A warm thank you to the wonderful Don Heckman, whose story appeared in todays LA Times. You can read it in my "press" area. I also got to meet the legendary (and quite humorous) Bobby Colomby (think Blood Sweat and Tears and Jaco Pastorius). What a force!
9/2/2004 - New and Cool Website adjustment
I threw out the beautiful Flash-based site to make it easier on you! This one is so much more user friendly! If you want one of similar calibre and ease... check out somethumb.com. Scotty will fix you right up!
I'll be posting music soon... some you've heard, and some you'll want to hear!
9/1/2004 - Chattin' with Eric Cohen/WAER Syracuse
Bobby and I just enjoyed a great interview with the great Eric Cohen! He was fun to talk to, and asked all the right question, and made us both laugh! Thanks to him and the station for their support of the CD! Check them out at waer.org.