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Casey Abrams Homecoming Block Party

Casey Abrams sings Nature Boy

Casey Abrams, of American Idol fame, has returned to his home town of Idyllwild, CA. The top of North Circle Drive was closed off to create a stage, and a block party became a jazz festival. Casey sang and played the bass with jazz greats Paul Carman and Marshall Hawkins, among others. Hawkins has been Casey’s mentor from his early days at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. After hearing Casey sing today, I am glad he did not win first place in the American Idol contest. If he had, he would be singing predictable pop songs. His true talent lies in jazz. He bends notes, scats and follows other musician’s complicated riffs with ease. He is free to carve a path in the jazz world, where he belongs. Esperanza Spalding, are you listening?

Casey Abrams singing Nature Boy

Casey Abrams at his homecoming block party

Casey Abrams singing in Idyllwild, CA

Casey Abrams singing Nature Boy at his welcome home block party in Idyllwild, CA


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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  1. Thanks for you article. If you would like to see more of Casey and the Homecoming, I have pictures and video posted on my facebook page.


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