The "Smile" Project

In November I pulled together some great musicians,
and recorded my newest album, “Smile.”

The players include Emmy award winning producer/arranger and pianist Jerome Gilmer. On bass is one of the Bay Area’s finest, Terry Miller. His extensive credit list includes dates with Airto, Paul Horn, Paul McCandless, Michael McDonald, Marlina Shaw, Stan Getz, Stan Kenton, Kenny Rankin, Robin Ford, Dave Grusin, and Laurindo Alameda. The drummer is James Levi. I met James in the late 70’s when he was touring and recording with Herbie Hancock. This Bay Area legend has remained my close friend through the years. Randy Vincent played guitar on the album. When I first heard him, he reminded me of my dad’s playing; old school. Randy’s recorded with Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Mel Martin, Dizzy Gilespie, George Cables, and many more. Rob Roth played sax on four of the tunes. Rob is quickly becoming known as a major jazz force in the Bay Area. Fletch Wiley played fluglehorn on a couple of tunes, including a beautiful solo on the title track. For many years, Fletch was Andre Crouch’s music director. Along with capturing my late mother’s voice on “The Nearness of You,” an added treat is two wonderful duets with my daughter, Macy Puleo. This is a record filled with classic jazz standards, mixed beautifully by Grammy nominee, Oz Fritz.

Fans have compared my voice and style to that of Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme. This album has brought great pleasure to many listeners, both in the U.S. and abroad. I know once you hear Smile, you’ll be smiling too!

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