Tanya Dennis: White Sails Blue Skies

Air Date: 7/25/2021

She's a singer, songwriter, violinist, rhythm guitarist, record producer, and music arranger. And I really like her new CD. 

When I heard the title number from White Sails, Blue Skies, I was transported to a spot "out on the bay, on a clear morning with breezes blowing, filling the canvas as me and my baby sail away."

That's pretty good for a Sunday morning in central Massachusetts.

On the next edition of the Sunday Jazz Brunch you'll hear three tracks from the new CD. 

Ms. Dennis owns a fifty-foot sailboat that she has named Winterhawk. Her goal was to sail the Caribbean and Pacific Northwest, and to "reinvent my life, both musically and personally." She describes the CD as "a smooth jazz journey with elements of gypsy, samba, flamenco and tango fused together from a 10 year sailing odyssey on Winterhawk."

The CD is dedicated to Toots Thielemans, who Ms. Dennis credits as her greatest musical influence. Unable to have Mr. Thielemans appear on the CD due to his passing in 2016, Ms. Dennis chose Hendrik Meurkens. You'll hear his harmonica on one of the tracks, All to Myself.

White Sails Blue Skies is the third release from Ms. Dennis. 

More New Music

Hour two opens with a new piano trio release from pianist Billy Test. Also I have saxophonist Kenny Shanker for you. Check out Mr. Shanker's high-energy track Cool Mint toward the end of the hour.

There are a lot of new and often unfamiliar names appearing on my set lists lately. I love that -- hearing talented new artists is always a thrill. 

The sun is finally shining here in Massachusetts. Maybe monsoon season is over. Best to you and your family.


HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Tanya Dennis-White Sails Blue Skies 2021-08 Desolation Sound
Greg Germann-Tales of Time 2021-03 Quarantine
Kristen Callahan\Lost In a Dream 2021\07 The Shadow Of Your Smile
Alan Pasqua\Day Dream 2020\10 When I Grow Too Old To Dream
Raul de Souza\Plenitude 2021\\Plenitude
Mark Lewis-Naked Animals 2021-05 Dance With Monique
Kristen Callahan\Lost In a Dream 2021\Lost In a Dream
Amber Weekes\Round Midnight 2021\My Romance
Wayne Alpern\Frankenstein 2021\All I Ask of You
Reggie Quinerly-New York Nowhere 2021-05 Celso
Kendall Carter-Introducing Kendall Carter 2021-02 Afro Blue

HOUR TWO: New For You

Billy Test-Coming Down Roses 2021-01 All of You
Tanya Dennis-White Sails Blue Skies 2021-05 White Sails
Kenny Shanker-Beautiful Things 2021-03 It Never Entered My Mind
Wayne Alpern\Jukebox 2020\Have You Met Miss Jones
Rahsaan Barber-Mosaic 2021-06 Nadje And The Snow
Alex Martin\Folk Songs, Jazz Journeys 2021\Wayfaring Stranger
Greg Germann-Tales of Time 2021-05 Park Terrace Waltz
Virginia Schenck\Battle Cry 2021\Sackful of Dreams
Reggie Quinerly-New York Nowhere 2021-01 Reflections on the Hudson
Tanya Dennis-White Sails Blue Skies 2021-09 All to Myself
Kenny Shanker-Beautiful Things 2021-01 Cool Mint
Adam Glaser - Excursions 2021 - Lay Low

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Diego Figueiredo-Broken Bossa-13 Samba Do Aviao 2015
Hendrik Meurkens\Manhattan Samba 2020\Clear of Clouds
Kenny Polson\Colors of Brazil - 2021\Aquarela Do Brazil
Diego Figueiredo-Antarctica-11 From Rio To Paris-2021
Juan Carlos Quintero - Caminando - 07 - Spring
Frank Colon-Latin Lounge-07 Bai-2020
Alex Martin\Folk Songs, Jazz Journeys 2021\Postal De Bata
Juan Carlos Quintero - Caminando - 07 - Spring
Georgia Mancio\Trapeze 2007\Doralice
Frank Colon-Latin Lounge-07 Bai-2020
Antonio Adolfo-Tema-10 Variations on a Tema Triste 2015
Antonio Adolfo-Tema-05 Alem Mares (Beyond Seas) 2015
Arturo Sandoval-A Time for Love-04 Estate 2010
Behn Gillece-Walk of Fire-02 Fantasia Brasileria 2017
The Brazilian Trio-Aguas Brasileiras-06 Baden-2020

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Frank Colon-Latin Lounge-07 Summer Cocktail 2020
Kenny Shanker-Beautiful Things 2021-01 Cool Mint
Euge Groove\Sing My Song 2020\Good Night
Fourplay-Energy-01 Fortune Teller (2008)
Brian Simpson-Unified-11 And Then You Loved Me 2020
Lonnie Smith-Breathe 2021-02 Bright Eyes [Live]
Jeff Lorber\SpaceTime 2020\Back Room
Vincent Herring-Preaching to the Choir 2021-06 Minor Swing
Richard Elliot - Authentic Life 2021 - Living Inside
Zoe Carter-Fitzgerald-Waterlines 2021-08 Saturday Man
Kendall Carter-Introducing Kendall Carter 2021-04 Short Story
Adam Glaser Trio\Excursions\Lay Low


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