The new CD "Endless Stars", featuring Melissa with Darius Babazadeh, Scott Collard, Rick Lotter and Buca Necak is now available. You can buy it on iTunes, Amazon, or CDBaby. Melissa sings on "In A Silent Tear" and "Nice Weather For Ducks", and you can listen to previews by following the links.
Melissa's new CD "In a Mellow Tone" released on Audiophile Records
Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band
has invited Melissa to play guitar with them at the San Diego
Jazz Festival and on two Jazz Cruises.
is playing throughout the summer at Slocum
She'll be there Friday nights in July and August. See the shows page
Melissa's album "Old Fashioned Love" was nominated for Best Vocal
Jazz Album in the
Just Plain Folks Music Awards 2006. The nominations were
selected out of 25,500 albums from over 100 countries.
Fashioned Love" was reviewed by Michael Steinman in the
December, 2005 issue of The Mississippi Rag, a
traditional jazz magazine. The cover article of the issue is a
biography of trombonist Bob Mielke, who is also on the "OFL"
CD. Melissa had the good fortune to work with Mielke and many of
the musicians mentioned in his bio during her college years at
Berkeley, and these legendary players were a big influence on
her and were the inspiration for "Old Fashioned Love."
Fashioned Love" was released in Japan on the MUZAK,INC
label in October, 2005. MUZAK owns European jazz label ENYA and
features artists such as Madeleine Peyroux and Karin Krog. Upon
release in Japan, "Old Fashioned Love" received good
reviews in Tokyo newspaper SANKEI, Swing Journal Magazine, Jazz
Life Magazine, and Record Collectors' Magazine in Japan.
Fashioned Love" is featured on NPRs
website in their All Songs Considered Open Mic.
"Old Fashioned Love" was reviewed by Phillip McNally in the August 2005
Cadence Magazine (The Review of Jazz and Blues Creative Improvised Music)
It's on page 34.
2005: Melissa received the Will Rogers Award for Western Swing Female of 2005!
The awards show, sponsored by the Academy of Western Artists, took place in Richardson, Texas, at the Eismann Center Theater.
The complete list of 2005 award recipients, as well as more information about the award and a picture of the award (a marble sculpture of Will Rogers) can be found at the
accepts the Will Rodgers Award