Monthly Archives: February 2014

Diggin Reflection

So far in the month of February I have been diggin on reflection.

The Ed Sullivan Theater is famously known for having some of the most famous artist to be on that stage. Watching the Beatles tribute had me reflect on when I was on the stage with the David Lettermen show!  At that time in my life I worked at Sam Ash.  I thank Sam Ash Music Store for the many years of employment.  I learned alot about instruments, books and being a businessperson!  We lost Paul Ash this past month, which he was the son of Sam Ash.  He was such a great supporter to the arts and a very nice man.  He will be missed RIP PAUL!

So February is my birthday month.  This year was really a special time for me to enjoy many friends and family.  I had some very special dinners and on my birthday I went to see my repairman Tony Salembine.  He moved his work studio to Nutley, NJ.  It was great to see him in his new place and out of the hustle and bustle of working in Time Square.   Found out the Martha Stewart is from Nutley.  Very cute town!

Saw a dress rehearsal at the Met for Wether.  I would highly suggest seeing this opera.  I am not a big fan of watching Opera but the stage work and the musicians were absolutely spectacular.

There has been so much snow this past month here on the east coast that we have really enjoyed a Winter.  I was able to spend a few days in PA and it was really a joy to spend time with my parents.

I have ended the month by playing with my band at the Garage.  We played for over 200 people that day which is a wonderful gift.  I thank everyone that came out to hear the Project of Love.  People were very receptive to the music.

Keep on Diggin LIFE!

Diggin Life in February

Diggin Life in February:

February is my birthday month so I cannot say how blessed I feel each day for being alive and for all the people that I become in contact with professionally and personally.

To start my high of the month I just received a review for my cd “Diggin the Day”.

I want to Thank SCOTT YANOW from LA Jazz Scene Magazine.  It will be published in the next few months and here it is….


 “Diggin’ The Day” from LA Jazz Scene Magazine

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Marsha Heydt is a fine altoist and flutist who is based in New York. Early on she was influenced by Phil Woods although she has since developed her own attractive sound. Diggin’ The Day is her second CD as a leader and her first for the BluJazz label.

There is an impressive amount of variety heard throughout the 14 selections yet also a strong unity. From the start, a danceable blues called “Twistin’ Baby,” this is an easy CD to enjoy. A lot of music takes place during its 3 1/2 minutes as is true throughout the CD for only three of the performances are over five minutes, and none clock in over 5:48.

The second number, “Diggin’ The Day,” is a jazz waltz.  It is one of three selections with a trio of strings added. It features Heydt’s flute and the keyboardist Norman Pors swinging with spirit. “Fredi’s Cha Cha,” a stirring Latin piece, has some fiery from trumpeter James Zollar who is a strong asset whenever he appears. “Blue Ashram” is a medium-tempo ballad with colorful spots for the leader’s alto, guitarist Sheryl Bailey (who guests on four numbers) and Daniel Sadownick on congas.

Practically every selection has slightly different instrumentation than the one it follows with plenty of mood, groove and stylistic variations. “Spirit” features heated trumpeter Zollar, one of Heydt’s best alto solos of the set, and an infectious double-time feel throughout. “Bliss” puts the focus on guest vocalist Carla Cook who sounds quite soulful. “Bliss” is a little popish but quite cheerful with a nice groove set by guitarist Bailey. “Baby Blue” has Heydt returning to flute and the group coming back to Latin jazz. The lyrical ballad “Fields Of Love” puts the spotlight on the leader’s tone on alto while “Gold” partly recalls “A Night In Tunisia.” The variety continues throughout the program with “Tootin’” being a Latin romp, “Groovin’” living up to its name and “The Bull” giving Heydt an opportunity to wail on soprano. Diggin’ The Day concludes with “Shram Splat,” a catchy straight ahead theme song.

Diggin’ The Day is a strong effort from Marsha Heydt with plenty of highpoints. It is easily recommended.

Scott Yanow, author of 11 books including Bebop, Trumpet Kings, The Great Jazz Guitarists and Jazz On Record 1917-76