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March 5th, 2016
Saturday, 5pm

In-store performance at the famous Music Millennium record store, Portland, OR

Free! Hank will be there with his full band.

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Swensen and Jensen

It’s funny where the road of musical exploration leads.

Like me, you’ve probably heard Dizzy Gillispie’s “Hot Syrup” and Thelonious Monk’s far-out “Waffle Pants.”  Who knew that these avant-garde free-form compositions were inspired by the catchy song stylings of two Norwegian jazz legends?

They were a unlikely pair.  Bookish seagoing accountant Oscar Swensen teamed up with the flamboyant […]

Working on...

Sometimes a new song is as easy as sitting down with the guitar and the lyrics.  Other times, I’ve got to search for the right chords and voicings.  And then there’s getting the vocal nuances just right.

I’ve been working on a couple of cool tunes lately.

The first one is ‘Deed I Do, an old jazz tune […]

Listening to - Nat

If Hank has a favorite singer right now, it’s got to be Nat ‘King’ Cole.  His voice, which is always cool, easy and hip, never sounds pushed.

I’m especially enjoying his work in the 1940’s, with Nat playing the piano, with an acoustic bass and a jazz guitar.  I was unfamiliar with Nat’s early career, but to […]

At the Bay House

Lounge – Before the Show

I was at the Bay House restaurant last Saturday, October 10th.
The sun was setting as I started my first set. The Bayside Lounge overlooks Siletz Bay, and I could see a Great Blue Heron flying by as I launched into the first song, Funny How Time Slips Away.

As several in the […]

Wedding Singer

Hank gives the gift of his song

A few weeks ago, Hank and his honey attended the wedding of long-time friends, Adam and Jenny DuVander.

At the reception, word got around that Hank was ‘in the house’ (as the kids say), and I was asked to sing for the happy couple. 

(Interesting tidbit… South of the border, the […]