Randi Cee

  • The Best Worst New Year’s Eve by Randi Cee Have you ever been in a situation that was so tragically comedic the thought that dances through your mind is: “Where did they put the hidden camera?” New Year’s Eve and I have never really been buddies. I used to hate it with a white-hot passion, I won’t get into the reasons why, none of you ...
  • 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. Check. Canoodled with a mobster. Check Pat Yankee, however, is very much alive and still performing. “I’ve got to tell you I have really led a complete life.” Pat Yankee was born in a small town ...
  • A Woman Leads the Band Becoming a Bandleader Titles 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 taught from a very young age to be careful about being confident about their achievements. I mean we wouldn’t want the world to think us “uppity.” My mom ...
  • Harry Connick, Jr.’s Celebration of New Orleans’ 300th Birthday Harry Connick Entertains at the Hollywood Bowl I actually toyed with going to the evening service for Rosh Hashanah this year. Maybe a little prayer for the New Year would help? Not the full monty experience just the evening service. Then I realized that if there was a G-d she would see thru my half-assed effort ...
  • Bowled Over “Hanging from the trees” for “Ella and Dizzy: 100 Years, 1,000 Memories” on July 19, 2017. To the upper right of the Bowl the Hollywood sign can be seen in the distance. (Randi Cee photo) The Scope of Jazz I have a very tiny, very beautiful pony hair purse. Too small to be of any use, it ...
  • 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 looked after my depressed, distressed, semi vicious cat. He checked in on me when I was having some of the same issues (without the biting). He was a neighborhood fixture. ...
  • The Art of Atmosphere Randi Cee at the ARRI 100th anniversary party with pianist Craig Fundyga and violinist Benedikt Brydern (not pictured). (photo by Taylor Stoffers) 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 taken pride in my ability to ...
  • Oy, Humbug! Randi Cee in her favorite holiday setting: the bandstand (with Tsugumi Shikano, drums; Randy Woltz, piano; and Jim Ziegler, trumpet). 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 time of the year :::::needle scratches across the entire width of the vinyl LP:::::: I am ...
  • Respecting Aretha Aretha Franklin sings “My Country ’Tis Of Thee” during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. (photo by Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force; courtesy Wikipedia) 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 something to that sorrow. ...
  • Bump in the Road Holly Dumaux and Tip West in 2001. (courtesy www.campjitterbug.com) 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 one of those back roads that are so full of twists, turns, and potholes that you swear you will never take that route ...
  • Anatomy of a House Concert Not just “atmosphere”: the Christmas house concert is in full swing as Randi Cee and her accompanist Randy Woltz entertain the guests in attendance. (photo courtesy Randi Cee) 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 matter how much ...
  • Tokyo, Commercials, and Papaya Suzuki Japanese heartthrob Papaya Suzuki. (photo courtesy asianwiki.com) Getting in the door is the hardest part. I have the kind of cold that has a rodent living in my lungs and he is threatening to scramble up to my ears. I lay in bed fantasizing about not going. My agent told me I needed to make ...
  • There’s Got to be a Pony Randi Cee sings with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Iguana in New York City. (photo by Neal Siegal) 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 come perform in NYC. She would help produce it. She works in both the Broadway and ...
  • My Mother Tried No Boys Allowed: Katie Cavera’s Women-Only Jazz Jam in full ukulele mode. Katie is standing at the back with the yellow uke, and Randi Cee is pictured center with the banjolele. (photo submitted by Randi Cee) My mother tried. I got piano lessons as a child. I just didn’t “get it.” The woman she hired was ...
  • Collecting or Hoarding? By Randi Cee 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. By Manhattan standards it isn’t small but for the rest of us …..well let’s just say you have to go outside to change your mind. In fact yesterday I ...