graduated cum laude from UCLA and went on to carve out a nifty career for
herself as a session musician.
In the early
‘70s, she collaborated with Don Ellis on his Connection and Soaring
albums. Later that decade she
hooked up with Earth, Wind & Fire and appeared on a couple of their
albums, All ‘n’ All
and Faces. She also appeared on Terry
Collier’s Fire on Ice and
Frank Sinatra’s 1979 boxed set, Trilogy.
In the 1990s,
she appeared on CDs by a wide variety of artists, including David Benoit,
Sam Harris, Phyllis Hyman, Michael Jackson, The Jeff Healey Band, Limp Bizkit, Barry Manilow and
September 1999, she performed in a concert with the Southern California
Viola Society entitled “Through the Prism: The Many Facets of the
Viola”. She also writes
for SCVS’s newsletter, Inner Voices. Her
other classical endeavours have included stints
with the Long Beach Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los
Angeles Philharmonic, the Music Center Opera, the Pasadena Orchestra, and
Symphony-in-the-Glen, for whom she occupied the Principal Viola chair.
In 1999, she
performed on the soundtrack of the Martin Lawrence-Eddie Murphy comedy, Life, and would subsequently work on
the scores of Far from Heaven and
certainly hasn’t slowed down in the new millennium: CDs by a wide variety of artists are
dotted with her name.
She’s celebrated the Yuletide with Christina Aguilera on My Kind of Christmas, Luis Miguel on
and Linda Ronstadt on A Merry Little
Other CDs that
have benefited from her viola acumen include Tony Braxton’s More than a Woman and The Collection, James Darren’s
Because of You, Gene
Harris’s Nexus, Kirk
Franklin’s Hero, Lee Ritenour’s and David Grusin’s
Two Worlds, Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra, and Ultimate Mancini.
You can also catch her in action on the retro-protest album, People Get Ready.