Tag Archives: Romy Kaye

It Came From You Music Video by SONOMA

Here’s another original tune from our CD New Orleans is the One I Love entitled “It Came From You.” The talented vocalist is Ms. Romy Kaye (and Craig Cortello on guitar – That’s me!). Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday Pete Fountain: “Every Note Has a Smile”

Jazz clarinet legend Pete Fountain celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday. Pete had over 50 appearances on the Tonight Show, and was a favorite of legendary host Johnny Carson. He has recorded about 100 albums. He lost many of the artifacts documenting his accomplishments in Hurricane Katrina, but he continues to perform.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Pete in 2008 for Where Y’at magazine in New Orleans. The photo here is of Pete and I from the interview, along with Pete’s son-in-law/manager Benny Harrell.
Link to the article “Every Note Has a Smile”

When Ms. Romy Kaye and I recorded our album New Orleans is the One I Love, Pete’s protegé Tim Laughlin recorded several tracks using a custom-made clarinet given to him as a gift by Pete, and it sounds extraordinary. “There’s no better clarinet player in the country now,” said Pete of Laughlin.

Thanks to Tim for lending his considerable talents to our recording project, and best 80th birthday wishes to Pete Fountain (and many more!)

Link to preview the album New Orleans is the One I Love

New Orleans Street Performers: Let the Music Play

Tanya & Dorise (photo credit/copyright Michael Cortello)

The New Orleans street performers add ambiance to the French Quarter area and draw visitors to the area. Those visitors support restaurants and businesses. And if you’ve ever been in New Orleans this time of year, you know that being outdoors in the heat and humidity for 6-8 hours is no picnic. All of the residents of the New Orleans metro area benefit from their hard work and dedication.

When I was in college, I tended bar on Bourbon St. on weekends and holidays. Occasionally, some of the performers that included musicians, dancers, and mimes, clowns would come in for a glass of water. While they were all smiles for the crowds, I could see how grueling that heat could be by the expressions on their faces when they came in for a little relief from the hot weather.

The city is considering enforcing an ordinance limiting the hours that these performers can play. While I understand that there are concerns from French Quarter residents, they should proceed with caution. I don’t think it’s appropriate to limit music in the city that is defined by it. The prudent approach would be to simply handle compaints on a case-by-case basis rather than enforcing indiscrimanantly.

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans (photo credit/copyright Michael Cortello)

The New Orleans French Quarter is a unique and wonderful place. Some say it’s the only real Bohemian society in America. Let’s not let the beaurocracy ruin a good thing.

Link to the website of Tanya & Dorise

Link to the website of Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Free download: My song “City Soldier” (Ms. Romy Kaye on vocals) that is a tribute to the street performers of New Orleans.

Complete CD preview New Orleans is the One I Love by SONOMA (Craig Cortello and Romy Kaye)

Photos courtesy of my 12 year-old son and photography buff, Michael Cortello.

New Orleans is the One I Love Music Video

If you’ll excuse a little self-promotion today, the music video that I recorded with the talented Ms. Romy Kaye reached 11,000 hits at YouTube this week. Thanks for the support and kind remarks on the song. Complete album preview at CDBaby, iTunes, or Amazon.com

New Orleans is the One I Love by SONOMA

New Orleans is the One I Love by SONOMA CD Cover
I’ve been working on an album on and off for over 3 years and it’s finally complete. Includes 6 of my original tunes and 6 jazz standards, with the vocals of Ms. Romy Kaye. Also includes performances by these great New Orleans musicians:

Tony Dagradi (saxophone)
Tim Laughlin (clarinet)
(The late) Harry Ravain (drums)
Al Arthur (bass)
Jim Markway (bass on 2 tracks)

CD page link