Today is the funeral of Carlene McKenzie, our dear member of Cafemnee and Time For My Music who passed away at the beginning of the year. To pay homage to her memory, the women of the group are going to perform ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ as a band, while I will do a solo rendition of ‘The Old Rugged Cross’.

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As a professional musician, one of my greatest satisfactions is to share with other artists and see them grow. This drive to help others is what motivated me to create and mantain projects like Cafemnee, Time For My Music and Success Beyond The Score. It also plays a role in my involvement with organisations like the Musicians’ Union, which fight every day for better conditions in the industry.

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Sammy Stein is an award-winning author, writer, journalist and curator. She has an extensive bibliography dedicated to the jazz scene and the role of women in it. During 2020, she published two books in which I had the honour to participate as an interviewee.

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“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran celebrates long-lasting love, the kind that thrives like a little plant on the kitchen window when is watered with care. It is a good song to celebrate your significant other during Valentine’s Day, but also in any other occasion. My sax cover of the song is included in my album “Reflective Notes”.

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