Randi Cee


Everybody Comes to Curley’s!

David Boeddinghaus, Banu Gibson, Tim Laughlin, Chloe Feoranzo, The entire Baker/Clancy family, Ralf and John Reynolds, Bob Ringwald, Dawn Lambeth, Chet Jaeger, and Pieter Meijers

Trial by Jury WS GIlbert


I recently observed that, in your youth, you know you have a dear friend if they help you move. At my age, if they show

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My Right Foot – Part Two

Last night was my first gig back after foot surgery—and it was, thankfully, a fairly easy one. I delegated the herding duties to another musician

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My Right Foot – Part One

“I don’t like how swollen that leg is. I need you to go right now and get a sonogram to rule out a blood clot.”

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The Fire This Time

When I was in Cornwall, visiting what I like to call my cousins once removed by friendship (my best friend’s cousins), I missed my plane

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When a Stranger Answers. . .

If you should ever need to inflict torture on someone, put the waterboard back in your closet. Instead, force them to make cold calls. Phoning

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Respecting Aretha

Our Lady Jerry Wexler dubbed her “Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrows”: the depth of her sound and ability to connect us to something primal owes

Fancy hats

Collecting or Hoarding?

The best way to keep a grip on some of my remaining sanity is to just throw everything out. My apartment is a Barbie apartment.

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My Mother Tried

My mother tried. I got piano lessons as a child. I just didn’t “get it.” The woman she hired was a crummy bored piano teacher

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There’s Got to be a Pony

Tragedy + time = comedy. I won’t live long enough. Money doesn’t buy happiness. Can I please test this theorem? A friend encouraged me to

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Anatomy of a House Concert

My brain delights in unraveling when it should be sleeping. Rarely are these sessions productive. Occasionally, the brain spin cycle leads to an epiphany. No

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Bump in the Road

To say the Road of Life is bumpy might be the understatement of the year. For me personally, the last two years have been like

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Oy, Humbug!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It’s the most wonderful

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The Art of Atmosphere

In the theatre or on the bandstand, you sometimes need to get the audience to come along on a ride with you. I have always

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He Was a Neighbor of Mine

He was a neighbor of mine who embodied everything positive that noun could hold, and then some. Once when I was out of town he

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Bowled Over

The Scope of Jazz I have a very tiny, very beautiful pony hair purse. Too small to be of any use, it hangs on a

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A Woman Leads the Band

Titles are difficult. For years, I floated through life undercutting any achievements while expertly conducting the negative cacophony that played in my head. Women are

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Pat Yankee: Nine Decades on Stage

Led her own big band. Check. Tap-danced on stage with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Check. Was Maurice Chevalier’s first choice for an opening act on Broadway.

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No More Challenges!

It’s been a challenging year. Look I’m not going to bore you with the details of that. It’s bad copy and no one likes a

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New Orleans on Impulse

The trip to New Orleans shouldn’t have happened. I had no business traveling anywhere. My checking account is on life support. I was sitting on

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Costco Run

They were sold out of Ahi tuna at Costco. I didn’t realize that just like deep-sea fishing you have to start out very early or

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As I sit at my computer in the wee hours, because I am all about the wee hours, I realize that this issue of The

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The Swing’s The Thing

Much has been said amongst band leaders about playing for dancers, and swing dancing itself has been the entry point for quite a few band

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Road Trippin’

In these parts any drive under three hours is more commute than road trip; in fact Los Angeles just “won” worst traffic in the country…again.

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Bus – Cab – BOOM!

My childlike adoration of fireworks is extreme. If you don’t at least like them you probably should be shipped off to the island where I’ve

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