Organist JOCELYN MICHELLE’s newest CD, LIVE AT VIVA CANTINA!, is a toe tapping, festive project of serious music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Although she’s lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for several years, she decided to record this CD back in Los Angeles, her old stomping ground, where she and her husband, guitarist John Rack, lived and worked for many years.
Viva Cantina is a Mexican restaurant and music performance venue with two stages in Burbank. It has the kind of party atmosphere that Jocelyn thought would be a good fit for a live performance with her band. Released on Tony Monaco’s Chicken Coup Records, Jocelyn arranged all the tunes and brought on board players based in Hawaii and Los Angeles.
Besides being a top-notch organist, Jocelyn is also a skillful composer, and the CD includes four of her compositions, including “Englewood Cliffs,” “Oh No, Could I Be in Love,” “A Sister’s Love,” and “Sylvia’s Song.” Jocelyn also wrote the lyrics to “Oh No, Could I Be in Love,” sung on this disc by Laura Dickinson, whose lilting voice is often heard on the Disney Channel programs. Dickinson also sings on Jobim’s “One Note Samba.” LIVE AT VIVA CANTINA! is the kind of music you put on to get the party going. It captures the energy, spontaneity, and fun of Jocelyn Michelle’s live performances.