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Jazz & Juice

a jazz singer/songwriter/sommelier pairs wine and song for you weekly

NYC based jazz vocalist/songwriter/sommelier

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4.19.24 Happy Friday! Welcome to our fold the crème de la crème of my recently adjourned French class. If you're just joining us (or need to catch up) you can find all the previous J&Js here. Bienvenue! Hope this pairing brings you into the weekend with some new things to taste and listen to... Juice I can’t order a pure cabernet franc when I’m sharing wine with some of my favorite people -- its distinctive aromatic profile and style mean that it’s not for everyone. But for those of us who...

4 days ago • 2 min read

4.12.24 Happy Friday! Happy to be with you again and sharing some hedonistic delights to send you into the weekend...I hope you have a great one, and that today's pairing helps it along! Juice yum Viognier is one of my favorite white grapes. It simply doesn’t know how to hold back: generous in body, aroma and fruit; it’s simply impossible not to love. François Villard is an artist with this grape, working in an area where it grows best — the Northern Rhône of France. This bottle, “Les...

11 days ago • 1 min read

4.5.24 Happy Friday! I was working on this newsletter as the earthquake rumbled -- all is well here and I hope the same with you! So last week before the gig with Ted Nash's Big Band at Dizzy's (so glad I got to see some of you there!) I got to asking saxophonist Chris Lewis what he’s listening to. It’s to him I owe thanks for this week’s musical inspiration... Juice Puech Redon's “Sensitive” 2022 (Languedoc, France) is a peachy/tangerine in the glass - it's zero visibility cloudy, which...

18 days ago • 2 min read

3.29.2024 Happy Friday! Welcome to those new to the fold that I met singing on the sunny shores of the California! (I'll post photos from the trip to my Insta this coming week.) I'm thrilled to be singing with the Ted Nash Big Band at Dizzy's on Monday night, performing the only song with words on his incredible "Portrait in Seven Shades" suite. You can find tickets here. On to the pairing! Juice Great traditions come truly alive only through those who animate them with spirit, courage and...

25 days ago • 1 min read

3.21.2024 Happy Friday! Greetings from California, where I'll be serenading a private event in Santa Barbara in a few days. I'll be joined by some stellar musicians who also happen to be featured in this week's pairing. I think you'll love listening to them as much as I do! Juice There are some grapes that have stayed ever in the shadows — is it because they are too unwieldy to be featured in their own, or that few winemakers understand how to bring out their best? Torre alle Tolfe's Colorino...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

3.15.2024 Happy Friday! Looking forward to sharing this matchup with you. So without further ado, it's onto your ides-of-March, or pre-St. Patrick's Day pairing, as you like: Juice There are some wines that force you to slow down -- they are an encounter, not an accompaniment. Agnanum Falanghina "Sabbia Vulcanica" 2021 (from Campania, Italy) has this quality. It speaks in an ancient tongue, both strange and beautiful. This producer shows his gnarled vines on the labels — they are old, as is...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Jazz & Juice 3.8.2024 Happy Friday! Wherever you're headed this weekend, I hope you enjoy this pairing of wine & song that looks to the western skies... Juice Stoumen's "Post Filtration Red" Traditional, low intervention winemaking can sound intentional and serious, (which it is,) but for all that Martha Stoumen’s “Post Filtration Red" 2022 is just plain fun to drink. Stoumen is making wine from lesser-sung areas of California — not the wild west, but not the usual places either. She acts as...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Jazz & Juice 2.27.2024 Happy Friday! You might have seen that in NYC this past week, we mourned the loss of Flaco the owl, who had escaped from the zoo about a year ago. I also just happened to be listening to Ambrose Akinmusire's "Owl Song" (Nonesuch, 2023), which was made it all the more resonant for that event. Onto the pairing! Jazz I came to the "Owl Song" album in all it's elegiac, restrained beauty in the perfect season. The spare arrangement of Akinmusire's trumpet, Bill Frisell's...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Jazz & Juice 2.23.2024 Happy Friday! Welcome to those new to to us that I met at last night's concert at the InterContinental Hotel -- it was a night to remember because you where there. (The swanky setting didn't hurt either ;)) Here's your week's pairing: Juice Sémillon White Bordeaux is one of my favorite things. I think of it as an unexpected classic —- and we have a great example in the Château du Grand Bos “Cuvee Spinoza” 2021. This wine delivers on tradition and verve both. It’s a...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Jazz & Juice 2.13.2024 Hi Reader~ I got some advice from a friend last weekend to re-embrace wine and song pairings. In the spirit of heeding good advice, welcome to what will now be your weekly Jazz & Juice... On the song front, those of you in NYC can come hear a lot of new ones I've written on 2/22 with Jeb Patton at the InterContinental Hotel, 2 short sets starting at 6:30 with complimentary wine & bites. $55. More info is here, or just email Sebastian for RSVP: [email protected]...

2 months ago • 1 min read
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