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Devorah Segall
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Favorite website
http://meaningfullife.com
Pittsburgh Connection
The Pittsburgh connection is a real blessing. Soul connection is the real deal.
Music -Jazz=Gesher /Kesher(=bridge/connection)
Favorite Pittsburgh musicians/performers
Sandy Staley, Maxine Sullivan and so so many ... is there enough room here to list?!!
Thank you all for your inspiration..for making your music- it matters!!! I wish for you all to have many great ongoing gigs that keep you going and your audiences blessed.
Would love to hear from all of you
Favorite Jazz Radio or media station
collecting some of my favorite songs from various sources the web and posting on my facebook page..its amazing what can be found .
Favorite Pittsburgh Jazz Venue
Sonny Daye's Stage Door(!!!) The Encore, Top Shelf, the original Crawford's Grill, Tender Trap (!)...please see my blog re: "What happened to the Pgh jazz clubs?...what do you think?
About Me:
hoping to come back for a Pgh visit soon- would love to sing while I'm there..any ideas for gigs- please let me know.

Still living in NYC, singing writing, teaching/storytelling...

UPDATE: I want to express my deepest thanks to all who sent their prayers and condolences on the passing of my amazing mom and my beautiful sister, Linda.
You have really helped me. I'm very grateful. Thank you for staying connected.

Returning home to NY feels good after that profound part of the journey. Reconnecting with my life here. Hope to see/hear you all in Pgh asap.
love hearing from you,.

-You can hear some of my recordings here on this site (Pgh Jazz Network) Click on the player at the top

or go to my ReverbNation profile: www.reverbnation.com/devorahsegall

Also, to read my bio, what I've been doing- including my work with children and the arts - my website is in the process of moving/reconstruction! However, reverbnation profile /fanpage and audio files are at:
www.reverbnation.com/devorahsegall
www.myspace.com/devorahsegall
email me at jazzdevorah@yahoo.com or arisingmusic@aol.com

also- I have a new Musician's Page on Facebook which includes open Discussions about the different intentions and effects of music on each of us- as players and as listeners. I invite you to add your thoughts to these.
You can add yourself as a fan too, if you like.
www.facebook.com/pages/Devorah-Segall/60406339746?

Also there's a facebook personal page for me as well...what a trip to reconnect with people I haven't been in touch with for so long. look forward to hearing from you.
Website:
http://www.reverbnation.com/devorahsegall also facebook,myspace
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artist, fan
Be the change you want to see in this world. (- Gandhi)

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Devorah Sings August 16th NYC-birthday jazz!

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 2:16am 0 Comments

HI Pgh- I hope you'll join us- August 16th

I'm singing on my birthday!

at The Underground- NYC-

955 West End Ave/sw corner 107th

8-11PM

Live Jazz, Great food, drinks

Would love to see my Pgh friends- please join us for a jazz celebration!

love,

Devorah

 

with Mark Berman-piano, Sean Smith-bass, drums-tba +surprise guests

"The Minutes Pass Like Hours When You Sing"

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments



really funny- quite good also- Written, sung and played by Dave Tull on his CD,

"I Just Want To Get Paid" (!!) his site is:



I needed to laugh today maybe you do… Continue

who's playing on these recordings of mine?

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Seems difficult to find the listings of the players on my tracks here.

I want to credit the amazing players on these tracks :



On Yesterdays, It Could Happen, 'Round Midnight, Farmer's Market, Time's Lie-

Piano- Don Grolnick, Bass- Steve LaSpina, Drums- Peter Erskine



soprano sax on Time's Lie- Arnie Lawrence

percussion on Time's Lie- Gordon Gottlieb



Guitar on Comesar De Novo- Saul… Continue

What happened to the Pgh jazz clubs?

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 6:00am 14 Comments

Pgh has such a rich jazz supporting heritage.I hope it doesn't become a thing of the past.

When I've been back to visit and to sing it has been so disheartening to see fewer and fewer venues still hanging in there.

There are so many really wonderful musicians there ( of course I include singers in that category).

They need the support of each other and of the Pgh audiences and potential employers.

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At 2:42am on December 4, 2009, Cindy Devereaux said…
Hi Devorah, Received your lovely note and am writing to say thank you. I will get in touch with you very shortly. Love your voice and choice of material!!!

Wishing you Peace, Love & Joy, Cindy
At 4:29am on May 2, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Devorah,

Remind me just before you arrive so I can feature your profile and let everyone know you'll be in town.
At 6:28pm on April 10, 2009, Anne Annie Friedland said…
WOW YOU READ MY MIND. I PLAY YOUR STUFF. I HAVE HOME-MADE STUFF BUT I AM PLAYING EVERYTHING.HARD!!!! YOU SOUND GREAT.
OH, I AM SORRY ABOUT YOUR MOM...SHE JUST DROPPED HER BODY BECAUSE IT WAS TIRED WORKING AND HER SOUL MOVED ON TO A BETTER PLACE . I still hear my dad at times. When are you coming to Pgh? NOt alot of jazz!!!
At 5:07pm on March 2, 2009, Devorah Segall said…
What a great song (see comment below) and wonderful recording of it Go to Virgil's page to hear it.
it's listed as 07 song 7 on the music player.
(Wish the actual title was there)
Up Down and All Around by the great Rodger Ryan
At 1:04pm on February 27, 2009, Virgil Walters said…
Your so right ----the tune was written by Rodger Ryan called Up Down and All Around.
Thanks
At 3:14am on February 27, 2009, Michele Bensen said…
Dear Devorah,
I've been meaning to respond to yoour post about Maryetta Evans. I'm sorry to say that she passed in January and I sang at her funeral. She was 96! She was my friend and fellow performer. We did several shows at the old Holiday House in Monroeville. I'm so glad I had the time with her that I had. She was my teacher and my daughter's also. I'm hoping to take some of her pictures and music, and show bills to the History Center. The Evans Family needs to be remembered here in Pittsburgh.
Hope all is well with you dear. Keep in touch.
Michele
At 9:14pm on February 26, 2009, Virgil Walters said…
Thank you, --Track 7 = I'll Remeber April.
Best to you always.
At 8:10am on February 26, 2009, Virgil Walters said…
Sorry I've not been a better friend.
Sorry to hear about your mom, I just lost mine three weeks ago, totally took the wind the wind out of my sails!
You will always be a great up lifting touch on my life.
Virgil
19 what ever Squirel Hill----WOW
At 5:04am on December 29, 2008, Bruce C said…
Devorah....soo classy and dedicated not to mention elegant...ELEGANT...with phrasing, and stylings of voice and arrangements..Thank you for sharing the wealth of your talent with the world....lovely indeed...will be in P'burgh this coming year and hope to see you and your band in the new digs...all my best to you always ...b
At 2:10am on December 1, 2008, Linda Marcus said…
Hi Devorah, Please tell me all you are doing...so good to hear from you!
All My Fond Wishes,
Linda Marcus
linda@lindamarcuslyrics.com

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