Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 20 Mai 2013


 Le Jazz Cette Semaine ...


Chers Amis, 


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For those of you who live in Paris, this week Friday, May 24th, Leslie is singing with guitarist Siegfried Mandancé’s band at Le Defender Bar in the Hôtel du Louvre.   Le Defender Bar is a very elegant room and is a lovely place to listen to music.  The music is from 9:00 - Midnight, entrée libre, consommation obligatoire.


One of the perks of living in Paris is that it is the most visited city in the world.  So we typically see friends quite often.  Currently we have been having a great time hanging in Paris with Domenic Genova and his family, Alexandra and Zoe. Many of you know Domenic has been the bass player in my trio since 1997.  We have a shared musical history that is priceless. 




Here is a photo of Domenic and me that I lovingly call “Geezers in Paris”.


 May 10 and 11th was another great weekend at Chez Papa  in Saint Germain des Prés. We are happy to announce that they have booked us for June 21st and July 26 & 27th.  One of the nice things about that gig is that it attracts many travelers so we meet people from all around the world. This time we met some wonderful folks from L.A. who are planning on hearing us at one of our our August gigs in California.


 Speaking of gigs in California, we are very pleased to announce that we will be at H.O.M.E. (House of Music and Entertainment)  in Beverly Hillson Saturday, August 10 from 7:30 -10:00 pm. H.O.M.E. is a wonderful space to listen to music and enjoy a meal in a first class setting. We will have the usual suspects in the band, AKA Jerry, Domenic, Joey & Chuck. As an added benefit there is $5 parking directly across the street. As you know parking can be difficult and expensive in Beverly Hills! Please make reservations if you plan to attend.  We will be releasing our new duo CD that was recorded in New York on this occasion.


 On August 4th, Leslie is at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine in a joint appearance of J.T. and California Dreamin’  with the Pacific Symphony.,5,6,6&productionID=9951&PerfID=9956     


 On August 11th we are at Kobe Steak House in Seal Beach with our California band including Ron Meza who will be in L.A. from Paris as well.  Please make reservations if you plan to attend we are told that they are filling up quickly.  


 We are very excited will be working three concerts with drummer Cal Haines and bassist Jon Gagan in New Mexico. On Wednesday, August 7th we are pl;aying for a private concert in Santa Fe.  We are at the Arthur Bell Auditorium in the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos on August 8th and in Albuquerque at the Outpost Performance Center on August 9th.  


 It will be a busy time but we will have a few free days so there is a chance we can find some time to socialize. We are really excited to see you and find out what’s new with you.


 Our concert in Monteux provided me with two of the most humorous and thus memorable moments I’ve ever had on stage. First a little background.  We were doing a show called “The Cotton Club” which was a popular club in Harlem that for a while featured Duke Ellington’s band.  Our show had a seven piece band, two male dancers and four female dancers, Leslie was the featured female vocalist and there was a male vocalist who also danced and was the MC for the show.  He had a lot to remember throughout the show.  Midway through the show he came out to sing one of his featured numbers. The band played the intro and he began to sing the wrong song. The song he sang was supposed to be the next instrumental number featuring a dancer who was standing in the wings with a confused look on his face. I told the bass player to switch songs and about that time the singer started to dance around the stage. He stopped next to me and smiled as he asked out of the corner of his mouth “What song are we supposed to be doing?” I told him and the band switched back to his solo song.  Instead of singing he dances around the stage one more time stops next to me and out of the corner of his mouth he asks “How does it go?” Somehow he comes up with the melody and we finish.  Now he doubles down.  He turns to the band and says “I think we need to do that again?” We play the intro yet again only this time he goes out into the audience and invites three young girls around the age of eight up on the stage. While the band plays he shows them some dance moves and then proceeds to sing the song (again) as he dances around the girls. This of course endears him to everyone but the band!  I gave him no end of grief after the show and again on the train ride home.




Here is the stage in Monteux. Due to rain we had to abandon the nice outdoor stage that had been set up for our concert. We ended up in a community center. 




 Leslie and I have become real fans of the TGV (train) in France.  It is truly a comfortable way to travel and makes flying seem even more of a drag than we previously thought. Leslie took this shot on the way back to Paris from Avignon. That really is my happy look!


The rehearsals for, and travel to and from our gig in Monteux have caused me to not work on the new CD for a week or so.  There still is plenty of time but I mention this mostly as a way forcing myself to get back to work on this project. We are still on track (if I get to work now) for an August release in California.



In case you are in France and near La Baule on July 19-20-21st we are working as a duo in a resort in La Baule on the Atlantic coast.     


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