I live in what’s called the East Avenue Historic District. East Avenue is a street of massive trees, and some of the most breathtaking old mansions I’ve seen, including the George Eastman House. There are smaller homes on the side streets, uniquely pretty. Also, sumptuous gardens everywhere. Rochester is called The Flower City; it was Flour City until 1950, and that’s all the history I’ll get into.
So, I’ve found that Rochester is an inspiring place in which to live and create. I’m promoting my current album, Math Camp; traveling to LA next week to do some writing for CD 2021, with Eddie Arkin and Russell Ferrante; and about to start rehearsal for a duo performance at the Rochester Academy of Medicine music series with pianist Bill Dobbins.
My work on In the Wash, a musical set in 19th century Paris, is ongoing. The producer, Kat de Blois, lives in Paris. The composer, Nan Schwartz, is based in Los Angeles. What a world.
Lorraine Feather is a lyricist and jazz singer. She has written lyrics for film and TV and performed widely, but is best known for the independently-produced albums of original material she began creating in the late 1990s. These albums have received 5 Grammy nominations, 3 for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Feather has also been nominated for 7 Emmys and one Critics' Choice Award.