Thank you for having me, Mr. President and First Lady

It’s been a few days now, and I’m still floating on cloud 9. I just wanted to take a second to thank the First Lady and President of the United States for welcoming me into their home a few nights ago for Michelle’s 50th birthday bash. I started the night off playing with Bey, then the President and First Lady so graciously invited us to stay for the party like we were part of the family. I am still in awe of how sincere and genuinely appreciative that they both were of us being there.

I was very pleased to meet so many people all the way from Bill Clinton (of course we talked about playing the saxophone together), and Paul McCartney and Rev Al Sharpton. I’m not one to be star struck, however, when I saw Stevie Wonder walk in the room, my knees buckled! Haha! I could barely make out a sentence except, “You’re my hero!” I guess that’s what happens when you meet someone you’ve wanted to play with your whole life, huh?

The most amazing part of the night was just being able to witness the over-flowing amount of love the President had for the First Lady. I’m just in complete awe.

Happy Birthday First Lady! You are such an inspiration and amazing role model!

With all my love,

Adison

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A year of Beyonce, traveling the world, saxophone, and food

All I can say is, Crystal Torres called it. In December of 2012 I met her in her hotel room before my very first rehearsal with Beyonce and the rest of the band. We were catching up and she looked at me and said, “Adison, this is going to be a really good year for you. I’m excited for you”. She called it. This year has been UNBELIEVABLE! For all I knew, I’d still be at Juilliard right now finishing my master’s degree.. But instead.. I’ve traveled the world many times over playing the saxophone with the biggest pop star in the world.. Beyonce and the Mrs Carter Show..

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I brought in the New Year with her last year at the Wynn in Las Vegas, then we played the Super Bowl..

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I’ve traveled to so many places, that I’ve never even dreamt of going to..

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I met with friends old and new around the world, from Australia to Warsaw, Poland..

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I’ve played for 50k people or more for 110 nights..

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I’ve become part of a whole entire new family..

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I started Adi’s Jazz Kitchen!

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And filmed my cooking show with some of my favorite people/ musicians..

Oh and also! I am able to start my discography with this one..

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Thank you to everyone who has supported and pushed me through one of the craziest years of my life. I am so grateful for your love.

I am so thankful and blessed. SO blessed.

I look forward to even more in 2014! I wish you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

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The Classics: Chicken Vegetable Soup and Walking Pneumonia

I am lucky to travel the world on tour with Beyonce. However, every single time I come home I manage to get sick. It’s no surprise seeing as how many time zones and parts of the world we go through in such little time. This time it’s walking pneumonia, which is just a fabulous stroll in the park.. not. The ONLY cool thing about it, is it makes me sound like a walking zombie..which is OK in my book since I’ve been addicted to “Plants vs Zombies” (it’s a game) thanks to my Rie Chan, Rie Tsuji.

Anywho, I’m making a classic Chicken Vegetable Soup today loaded with garlic and fresh veggies and herbs to combat the zombie germs inside me..

  • 4 large carrots roughly chopped into chunks (same size)
  • 2 stalks celery roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed and peeled
  • 1 medium yellow onion quartered
  • 3 lbs skinless chicken bone in (thighs and drumsticks)
  • handful fresh thyme
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper

This is so easy to make (Thank God, since lifting a wooden spoon feels like a workout at this point). Combine all ingredients in a large pot with the exception of salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Fill with cold water until it reaches just above the ingredients. Bring to a low simmer. Cook until chicken falls off the bone. Remove chicken, remove all the bones. Add chicken back in. Season with salt, pepper. Serve. This takes about an hour.

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Let’s not forget to add a little hot sauce if you feel like an extra kick. Mine is super hot and made with cachaca from Belo Horizonte, Brazil..
 

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beyGOOD Christmas Extravaganza in the Bronx

Last night the Mrs Carter Crew put on a Christmas Extravaganza for families in need in association with Beyonce’s Beygood program! All thanks to Denee Baptiste and the Mrs Carter Dancers for putting it all together!

These kids all wrote us their Christmas wish lists and everyone in the crew bought them their presents all wrapped and ready to go! We had lots of festivities for the kids including a dance area,
Arts and crafts, reading to the kids, and taking pictures with Santa Claus!

Naturally at Adi’s Jazz Kitchen we have to run the cookie/cupcake decorating station, which was a complete success! Who doesn’t like christmas cookies and cupcakes?! Come on now.. I started baking as soon as I got back into town from our Boston show at 430 AM all day until the event.. Now keep in mind there were hundreds of people and all this baking took place in one oven w 2 racks and a very small nyc kitchen! What a blast though…

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The gingerbread recipe I used was killer! I highly recommend it. (They come out chewy and very flavorful)
http://m.foodnetwork.com/recipes/411823

Here’s the red velvet cupcake recipe I used (also highly recommended!)
http://m.foodnetwork.com/recipes/478166
In addition to making regular cream cheese frosting, I also made my own recipe: NUTELLA CREAM CHEESE FROSTING! Can you say dabombdotcom? Here it is:

3 cups conf sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter softened
8 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 cups Nutella
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt

Blend all the ingredients together. Frost cupcakes when cooled completely. Store extra frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator!

It’s so important to remember to give back to those who might need a hand this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Life on the road with the Mrs Carter Crew and Beyonce

Just like any other leg to this tour there have been ups and downs.. Mostly ups!  I love being on the road in the US just because of the simple fact that it’s not TOO far away from home, and I still get to use my phone and have internet :D. Plus, this leg is shorter than the others, which is nice since the holiday season is here and we all just want to be home with our families. Meanwhile, I have my lovely tour family and here’s some of the adventures we’ve had so far this leg…

We had a blast in San Jose at Christmas in the Park..

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getting in the Christmas spirit with my favorite movie..

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We go to rehearsals and rock out…

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Kind of like Larry (Les Twins) and Derek did today on the bus in Kentucky..

We catch lots of trains, planes, boats, and buses..

There’s ups! like seeing my suite mate from Interlochen (high school) in Houston, Emily for lunch!

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Then there’s more ups like getting picked up in cool dude cars on occasion..

photo-76The best part about this leg so far was the COOKING PARTY that we had at Jennita’s! Here’s a sneak peek (full episode to appear soon)!

I made apricot glazed turkey meatballs, and they were a hit! I love sweet and savory. yum yum yum!

Lots of the crew cooked too including Katty, and her “Not Paula Deen’s Banana Pudding”

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photo-78Crissy even gave LT a peanut butter facial! She’s very convincing. 😉

Then there’s the times where we are killing time backstage (everynight) so we watch Ancient Aliens.. Dun Dun Dun!!!

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It’s a good job.