'The ease with which Cathi Walkup sings and how that transmits his passion for Latin rhythms make it be one of our beloved "Ladies of Latin Jazz"' - Luis Raul Montell, Jazz Global Beat
“THE SECRET OF THE SONG, LYRICS OF CATHI WALKUP”
This CD is part one of a two part project. This separate CD contains 15 new songs, never before released, with music written by Cathi and five very fine instrumentalists and singers. Part two is the SONGBOOK of the same name, with newly minted charts for these 15 songs as well as 10 previously recorded songs, and two CDs (Disc I and Disc II) containing all 25 original songs, as well as a separate section which contains articles by seven lyricists about their process, including BOB DOROUGH, SHARMAN DURAN, LORRAINE FEATHER, JULIET GREEN, CATHI, BARRY WARREN and ANDREA WOLPER. The separate Songbook will be made available to teachers, schools and jazz camps.
These are songs to delight and inspire, from stompin' blues to sambas and stirring ballads, all in the key of life:
1. BLUES IN THE NIGHT (3:37) An anti-blues - it's better to be alone than with the wrong person. 2. BROTHERS, SISTERS (4:25) A Caribbean flavored anthem for acceptance and understanding.
3. CLAYPSO FACTO (2:54) A fun, "Listen to your heart" calypso.
4. CAT BACK BLUES (4:00) You can leave but I want the cat back.
5. DAVE DON'T MIND THE RAIN (4:54) Sometimes a chance remark can change your whole perspective.
6. DON'T TOUCH MY BISCUIT (3:02) Basically, it is foolhardy to get between me and a carbohydrate.
7. DON'T YOU KNOW? (4:56) A lovely Bossa, evocative of early Jobim.
8. FAREWELL MS. MOSEKA (4:23) A tribute to the great Abbey Lincoln.
9. HOPELESSLY OPTIMISTIC (2:52) A phrase uttered by the awesome Bob Dorough at a panel on songwriting. It stuck in my brain and I had to write the song.
10. IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT (2:47) A Mose Allison-style blues and my gift to my husband, Jim Eckford, on the occasion of our 20th anniversary.
11. SAIL AWAY (5:17) A gorgeous ballad about the journey of life.
12. SHANNA'S SONG (2:45) An ode to the wonderful singer/pianist Shanna Carlson.
13. SHE PLAYS WITH THE CATS (3:08) The tradition and the cycle of jazz.
14. THE SECRET OF THE SONG (5:28) Your life is your song, how you sing it determines the quality of your life. 15. WHERE'S ARMANDO? (2:07) A rhumba - just for fun!
BIRD'S NEST JAZZ
Waterpark Lofts, 2875 Glascock Street, #109
Oakland, CA 94601
'UNDER THE INFLUENCE'
CATHI WALKUP vocals
with John R. Burr, piano, Ron Belcher, bass, Jim Zimmerman, drums
& Kristin Strom saxes
SUNDAY AUGUST 30TH 5-7, doors 4:30
Notes of Cathi Walkup:
“Cathi Walkup – A hip and funny vocalist, a savvy songwriter with a gift for socially incisive lyrics... with gorgeous tone, bop-ish rhythms, deftly swinging phrasingand artful use of space... The vocalist conjures up a world lush in ambiance and rich in character.” - Donna Kimura, Jazzreview.com
Cathi has been described as "The thinking person's jazz singer" and "...a natural comedian" for her wit and ease onstage. In "The Jazz Singers, The Ultimate Guide" (Backbeat Books), respected jazz journalist Scott Yanow proclaimed her "an important bop oriented singer. . . an excellent lyricist."
Jazz singer Cathi Walkup is known not only for her rich, smooth alto and rhythmic approach to phrasing, but also for writing lyrics that are by turns witty and touching. Sometimes crafting melodies as well as lyrics, the long time Bay Area resident has also collaborated with exceptionally fine musicians from the Bay Area and beyond, including Shanna Carlson, Hugo Wainzinger,Benny Watson, Gerry Grosz, David Udolf, and Anita Wardell.
At her Sound Room concert, Cathi will perform songs from her forthcoming book (complete with charts & CD) “Witty, Warm & Wonderful: The Lyrics of Cathi Walkup” These include "Dave Don't Mind the Rain," "Farewell Ms. Moseka" (an homage to Abby Lincoln) "Hang Up & Drive" and the ever-popular "Don't Touch My Biscuit" (a bluesy offering of sage advice).
Performing everywhere from tiny bistros to concert halls and jazz festivals--and even the infamous San Francisco bath houses in the 1980's--Cathi's singing career has taken her to England, Mexico, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and, of course, her home base, Oakland, CA.
Cathi has had the honor of playing with Keter Betts, bassist for Ella Fitzgerald for over 20 years, and saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. Her lyrics have been recorded by noted jazz singers Andrea Wolper, and Benny Watson.
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