July Jazzalicious Happenings


Hard to believe that we’re already at the end of July! Where is the time going? I recently finished teaching five weeks of summer school, while also working on my other business ventures, so I haven’t exactly been sitting idle. However, it is hardly all work and no play for this vegan gal!  I’m starting to think that this is turning into the summer of cool jazz and other delights… First I was invited to Jazz Alley in Seattle to see “Greg Adams and East Bay Soul”. We had front row seats! The woman next to me told me she’d waited four years to see them in Seattle. This was my first time to hear them. Greg Adams is a pure genius and his band is just amazing!


Greg Adams & East Bay Soul Greg Adams and East Bay Soul

Darryl Walker



James Wirrick


Such a talented group of musicians! Singing is Darryl Adams and guitarist is James Wirrick. Later I found out that Darryl has contributed to PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) when we got talking after the show. I had my picture taken with these two fabulous people.  Here I am with Darryl Adams and the legend himself, Greg Adams. Bow to the master, please! What a fantastic evening! Don’t miss them if they come to your neck of the woods!

Darryl, me & Greg

+ me, at a swanky little Seattle bar,

after the concert with my new eyewear from “SEE” in San Francisco.

(Now there’s one in Seattle too!)


Me at Jazz Alley

A week or so later I went out with a girl-friend and some other friends to hear a local jazz singer by the name of Eugenie Jones. She has a fabulous voice as well!



                                                                Januarie & me 2



A friend gave me Eugenie’s album, “Black Lace Blue Tears” and another person had it signed, while I was busy chatting with someone else. The look on my face must have been priceless when I got the CD back, because the CD was made out to “Nini” and only my mother has ever called me that. As some of you recall, my mother passed away just a little over a year ago and I’ve been “feeling her”, so this “message” really touched me…


Besides working and all of this great jazz, I’ve also been getting together with friends over delicious food. On the fourth of July I tried out a new potato salad from “How It All Vegan” and let me tell you…Swoon…it took me straight back home. In honor of copy rights I cannot give you the recipe – I did write and ask, but did not receive an answer back, so you’re going to have to go get the book!


How It All Vegan

I will tell you that I have made this “Perfect Potato Salad” (page 72) three times now and it is just as good as my Mom used to make it in Denmark, if not better. Twice I have left out the crumbled tofu and instead added the following, which this recipe does not have listed and in my opinion makes it even better:

  • Chives – because I love them!

  • A bundle of radishes, chopped

  • One whole English cucumber, sliced in halves

  • Small organic (of course) cherry tomatoes

Fourth of July Dinner I

We had some Field Roast Apple Sage Sausage with this meal as well. My friend, Alejandra, brought over dessert from The Flying Apron – a bakery in Seattle. We added the berries to these little marvelous chocolate cupcakes!

Cupcakes I

My next post will be about the little weekend vacation that I recently took. Remember to visit your local Farmer’s Market, if you haven’t already. This was today’s fresh “catch” from the market!


Farmers Market                               Flowers

Happy Day to you! Life is Good! Be Grateful!

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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