Take Five with Donna Singer

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Céline Dion Let's Talk About Love (Columbia/Epic Records) Arthur Rubinstein -Chopin 19 Nocturnes (Vol. 49)  (Columbia Records) Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet (Verve Records) Ella and Louis (Verve Records) Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Parlophone) Thelonious Monk It´s Monk Time (Columbia Records)

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

Jazz is a maturing American musical art form. It continues to mold and hold me with it's constant depth of feeling. Will the state of jazz continue to grow and go forth? Yes, because it's enduring and adapts to each new generation.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

I've thought about this question and feel the answer is our kids. We need to bring jazz to our younger generations. I have two school programs inspired for and by children.

The first project is a simple look at bullying, diversity and inclusion. In Jazz is the Key of Life, we talk about love and peace and use jazz to help get our message across.

The second project encourages a sense of self-trust, brotherhood and respect for all. In It's an Art to Follow Your Heart we discover that the heart is a mystical, magical, musical thing...a universal treasure! This program is designed with CD and coloring book created by Carole Belle.

What is in the near future?

New Jazz CD Release planned for November 2019 Carnegie Hall Christmas Show in November 2019 The Center for Discovery Jazz Concert in New York in November 2019

In June, one year from now, I'll be doing the Harmony Travel 2020 Scandinavia Tour (Musical Director Patsy Meiser). I'll be performing in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki and as well as St. Petersburg, Russia. New Jazz Christmas CD Release, Florida November 2020

What is your greatest fear when you perform?

I worry that my voice will fail me. In Italy I could not hear the quartet and, wow, I was scared to death. That's when training and rehearsal come in. Practice so you cannot get it wrong.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I'd like to have "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "His Eye is On the Sparrow."

What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower

I'm a very strong, good whistler!!! I love to whistle and some people actually get upset with me for whistling. I always whistle "Things Ain't What They Use to Be" and "Two O'clock Jump."

By Day:

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would like to be a mediator. Let's get along people!

If I could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?

It would be Maya Angelou. She said, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them." Her quotes ring truth. I'd love to have time to talk with her.

What are your hobbies?

I love to work on scrapbooks to pass away the time. I have many photo albums but my favorite is of my son Christopher and his track career. He was fast and he was ranked #5 in Track and Field by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It puts a smile on my face, relaxes me and keeps me sane. I also do volunteer work, singing for community events and fundraisers for causes relating to cancer, homelessness, Parkinson's Disease, bullying, literacy and the Boys and Girls Club.
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