Saturday, October 17, 2015

Listen to 91.5 Fm This Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm

This Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm,  turn your radio dials to 91.5 FM for Medgar Evers College Radio broadcasting over the airwaves of WNYE 91.5 FM.

6pm Caribbean Focus 
6:30pm Angry Black Man
7pm Writers on Writing
7:30pm Jazz on the JNote

What you will hear when tuning in is two hours of positive energy blaring in your ears. Listen while driving, cooking, or just laxing on your Sunday evening.

Have a happy and blessed weekend! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bad Neighbors, Fate & Leaky Windows: A Poem

Bad Neighbors, Fate & Leaky Windows: 
A Poem 
by Stephanie Jeannot

Leaked through the window
of the cage he was born to live in
as a citizen of the zoo
he had been loosed into
when having to learn to use
his breathing apparatuses on his own
like he was marionetted to do
by the ones who caused the reason for this tune.

Like an animal he had been trained
to listen or to be shamed
for with the power that they obtained
they could simply put out that flame
that had been lit when he was made
by made I mean fate tamed
for bad neighbors need someone to blame
when your window leaks leave stains.

Consequence is the idea
that makes you run for cover in your circumstance.
For without dashing from your neighbor, there’s no chance
of survival in this song and dance.
And though unleashing truths seemed the only way
bold moves of making folks know more than they should, seemed brave
and now you have this ill-fame;
for when people know too much, this reputation you claim.

Hero or villain?
Praise him or kill him?
You’re being fleshed out wherever you are.
Chasers of the next story making you a star;
But still you deserve your privacy.
Being in that cage sparked this curiosity,
“Why can’t I be me without you seeing me?”
Doubts springing up like the water springs of China.
Running from your neighbors; Oh! Now you are a traitor.

Driving some mad; but, not me!
Truth should be known when there’s opportunity.
 The public at large, with all eyes on us!
Your bold moves are causing all this mistrust.
Consequence of law would have your fate, in cages for life.
My young man said he’d visit you in that zoo and the dinosaurs nearby.
I say keep running and leave the zetabytes of things you have behind
You singled out my attention and now you are on my mind.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Driving in Cars With Bikes

Driving in Cars With Bikes
By Stephanie Jeannot

You'd probably never expect a person with a heavy foot to agree with the 25mph speeding limit in NYC. But I do for a few reasons. 

I look at myself as a pedestrian against traffic and it's always my time to cross whether the light is green or not. When you are driving fast, you might not see the crazily camouflaged person in all black, crossing the street in the darkness of night. We tend to drive faster at night because we are less likely to get caught by traffic cops, or so they say.

The other reason; I think I witnessed about five bikes being hit by cars. One man in midtown got hit by a Charter bus after the light turned green for downtown bound traffic and trying to rush before the moving vehicles on busy 5th Avenue, picked up his bike and kept riding. One young boy was pulled underneath a bus in Brooklyn while the bus was turning onto a major road and the young boy was trying to ride ahead without paying attention to what was going on. One I foresaw because I never imagined seeing a bike on the FDR but then there were two and about a mile after I saw them riding, I saw the driver of a beautiful car pulled over and the bicyclist on the ground. One I saw swerving from side to side and then hit on the side and tossed off his bike and one not watching the traffic lights got hit by an oncoming car crossing the intersection.

It's odd but I never believed that bicyclists were supposed to follow the rules of the road until I took my permit test and was shy of one question which was about traffic laws and bikers. I hardly ever saw them stop for red lights or stop signs. Was I missing something? 

Often times bikers think they are invincible acrobats. How can you compete with them if you are flying down the road and the cyclists are doing flips and cartwheels while cycling with cars? 

I fear riding bikes because I am a NYC driver and am a little disturbed that I might never be gutsy enough to take part in the new rider share programs that have come to Bedstuy, Brooklyn.  But for those who do ride bikes, God bless you. Drivers; let's keep them in mind while driving because we should be sharing the road. But keep us drivers in mind too. You are riding in traffic with cars. Let's keep the roads safe and the circus tricks not in heavy traffic. Sharing the road the right way could be truly beneficial for all! Just wait, you'll see. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Stuart Thomas Successfully Completed His Second Original Music Video: Coming Soon

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel


Especially during the summertime, you can hear music blasting all over the streets of New York City, see musicians playing their instruments outside and view people dancing on the streets, like the old Martha & the Vandella’s Motown classic suggests. The idea of the music and dancing in the streets, were what helped Brooklyn's own Singer & songwriter, Stuart Thomas to successfully complete his second original music video.

Stay tuned for new music and video for the song entitled, “Soca it Up” by Stuart Thomas; coming soon!


It has style and it has spark, with familiar backdrops from Brooklyn, NY, the artist’s hometown, and with music that will have you shaking your body down to the ground.

When asked what inspired the tune, Thomas said that his father used to listen to soca and loved it and in turn, he ended it up loving it too. In his home, the song, “I Love Soca,” was more than just a title to a David Guetta song but a true sensation that has carried on, almost like a cultural movement.

Thomas can be seen in and around New York, performing live at open mic jam sessions and sharing his energy with live bands, while moving the crowd. He currently has a music video entitled "Can We Try to Live" that can be accessed by visiting the following link: for those interested in seeing the original artist in action.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Danny Dalelio & Friends Performing Live at Smoke BBQ Pit, 8/20/2015 7:30PM

Hi everybody!

Tomorrow night, Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm, Danny Dalelio & friends will be hosting jazz Thursday's at Smoke BBQ Pit located at 129-21 Merrick Blvd in Queens, NY with Danny Dalelio on keys, Eric Lemons on bass, Kristy Dalelio on vocals and Stephanie Jeannot on vocals. Not only can you enjoy a tasty meal or partake in some of the crazy drink specials but you will be entertained.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble at the Dr Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Festival/ Brooklyn, NY

In 1996, Dr Mary Umolu founded the Jazzy Jazz Festival which is a jazz festival celebrated for eight weeks in July and August. It is one of the many free and open to the public summer outdoor concert series happening in Brooklyn, New York.
In particular, the Jazzy Jazz Festival is presented at Medgar Evers college located at 1638 Bedford Avenue and the Corner of Crown Street. It takes place every Friday in July and August from 7PM to 10PM, rain or shine.

Jazzy Jazz Festival: July 24th, 2015
This year is no different. The 2015 Jazzy Jazz season has commenced and in its third week which was July 24, 2015, the festival featured sounds of the Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble lead by Professor Roman G Mitchell, professor of music at Medgar Evers College. The MEC Jazz Ensemble has been in operation for the past 11 years.  It first began as an instrumental group, until it opened its doors to dynamic vocalists.

Crowds swarmed to the nicely organized seating area for the festival’s 7PM start when Professor Moses Bernard Phillips, also professor of music at Medgar Evers College, welcomed those present and opened up the concert with an idea. He said, “jazz is African sensibility in European form displaying improvisation, a unique individuality and the recognition of that individuality as the improviser of note.”

What is Jazz?

A person like myself, vocalist, songwriter, composer and host of the Jazz on the JNote series on 91.5FM via Medgar Evers College Radio and jazz researcher can be left lingering on Phillips last word; note.  The question that nobody seems to be able to answer with a consistent conclusion is, what is jazz? Researchers have even compiled notes and interviews into books such as, “What is This Thing Called Jazz” by Batt Johnson , trying to come up with the answer. 
The music was wonderful. The musicians; energetic. The singing; powerful. And what a beautiful night to celebrate the cultural movement of jazz. The crowd participated, was lively and it made the night run even smoother. Sound was provided by wmecradio and was streamed live on
Lead by Mitchell was a beautiful group of singers and musicians, gathered to continue the legacy of jazz and share in the expression and beauty of the culture. Members include
David Francois . . . Manager
Stephanie Jeannot . . . Vocalist/ Mezzo
Professor Carolyn Jones . . . Vocalist/ Alto
Nathaniel Manning . . . Drummer
Professor Roman Mitchell . . . Ensemble Leader/ Pianist
Felice Patton . . . Vocalist/ Soprano
Jaymes Simmons . . . Vocalist/ Tenor
Ashanta Woodley . . . Vocalist/ Soprano
Carmen Zinsou . . . Vocalist/ Alto

So, while at the festival and with the wonderful music of the ensemble (which I am also a member of) blaring in the background, I went on a mission, asking the question about jazz to the jazz and music lovers that gathered for the festival. What is jazz? 

Through questions, still shots of live music photography and frames of the performances, I came up with this slideshow and I hope that you will take the time to watch it.

My favorite responses were by the leader and pianist of the jazz ensemble, Mitchell, who said, “what isn’t jazz music?” and also by William Rivers, video technician at MNN Studios, who said,
"It's more than just music."  Please click on the following link to the slideshow featured on youtube below.

A Side Note
As mentioned previously, I produce and host a radio show, Jazz on the JNote on 91.5 FM via Medgar Evers College Radio. 
Please turn your radio dial
to 91.5 FM this Sunday, July 26th, 2015 at 6PM for Jazz on the JNote's Haitian Mix. 
Thank you for checking out my blogpost and have a delightful day.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Something, Old, Something New, Something Borrowed: Music & Dance of Harlem

“A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette.

All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for”

 [Josephine Baker].


In the heart of the night of June 4th, 2015, minds were taken aback to days of old, when the Harlem Swing Dance Society lindy hopped across the Alhambra Ballroom.

It was the first annual Purple Passion gala where crowds of beautiful people filled the room situated on 127th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd in Harlem, New York to raise funds against domestic violence.

Swing sounds influenced movements of Harlem’s fantastic dancers, reigniting history before viewer’s eyes. Though a dance from the 1930s, the antiquated dance brought joy to the hearts of so many.   

The sharing of these rhythmic complexities are all a “part of a worldwide trend to get back to the dance floor” [Shona Smith]. Dancers Etta Dixon, Bernard Dove, Ronald Jones and Shana Weaver are all a part of the Harlem Swing Dance Society, now in their seventh year of operation, collaborating with established historical organizations in Harlem and making a valuable contribution to the vibrant arts, culture and health of the community.

I will never forget watching the Nicholas Brothers slide, hop and split down stairs in the movie, “Stormy Weather” which also featured the swinging diva, Lena Horne, crooning her beauty to the world as dancers let their fancy foot work speak for them. The only difference in the W.A.R.M. event at Alhambra Ball Room was that the jazz band, Alvin Rogers and Harlem Freedom Band featuring Stephanie Jeannot performed separately adding their genuine flavor
to the room. The music they played was kicking and had folks getting down, followed by the true seasoned kicks of the Harlem Swing Dance Society keeping the 90 year old dance within today’s culture. There was history parked in the midst of each couple and right there in Harlem where the lindy hop first started.

The vibe at the Savoy Ballroom in the thirties must have been amazing when these dances first appeared with Frankie “Meathead” Manning and Charles Lindbergh, and were igniting passions.  What a great idea to go back to our African roots to help in celebrating the joys of life. If you are interested in knowing more about the Harlem Swing Dance Society and about the historical dance, the lindy hop, please check out: