Monday, January 5, 2015

New York Jazz Musician Plans Celebration of Disability With Music

A father's love. 

This is really beautiful.

"As a tribute to Mary and her classmates, Mr. LeDonne recorded “Put On a Happy Face” on his 2014 release “I Love Music,” and began including it in his performances. As a composer, Mr. LeDonne has written music for Mary, including the five-part “Suite Mary” on “Speak,” a 2013 recording.

"In his apartment recently, he sat at his Steinway baby grand piano and played the “Listen” segment of the suite, a tune he often plays to calm her. Then he played a lush rendition of the song “Love, I Found You,” with Mary rocking her head as Mr. LeDonne anchored the tune with an insistent pedal bass."