Tuesday, August 5, 2014

On the Poetry of Sean Battle

Poetry to me is like animating words and making them dance. The words can shimmy, drop it like its hot, and get fancy like ballet and leave you feeling intrigued. So when you add the poet sharing that unraveling of thought before a crowd, the experience is simply amazing. 

That was the thought I had when Sean Battle stepped on to the scene at the Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights. He walked into the venue ready to have a good time but little did I know the good time he was about to bring into the Brooklyn scape from New Jersey. 

His image was like a school professor before a class ready to teach. His introduction drew you in immediately. His words were clear and concise and his energy was so catchy that he had the whole room electrified. 

He is inspiring to other poets in a sense because he lets them know that you do not have to say
Much to get your poetry across. He proved this even more when he was a featured poet at the Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights in May 2014. 

He used the right words and phrasings, which was what made his poetry stand out. Battle made the difference with his individuality and his awesome energy. And his poetry was tight. He is definitely a poet I'd support when showcasing anywhere. 

You can check him out live at the Dodge Poetry Festival's Lunchtime Poems Seriesst a Military Park, NJ. For more information on this incredible talent, visit his website at http://seeseanbattle.com 

Please check out the following youtube clip from the Jazz Poetry Cafe at Brooklyn Nights: http://youtu.be/WMNlWk1fqTU

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Those Glistening Jam Progressions

Take a jammed progression for a ride.

Jazz melodies glistening through the skies.

And music lovers find reasons to unwind.

At the Proper Cafe in Cambria Heights

Every Wednesday night.

On 217th & Linden; please stop on by.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble Performing Live at Brooklyn Nights on Thursday, June 12, 2014 8pm

Thursday night at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, 

the Medgar Evers Jazz Ensemble will perform a series of jazz, R&B, and soul of old school and new school music 

on Thursday June 12, 2014 from 8pm to 10pm. Join us live.

Students and teachers $5. All others $7. 

Doors open at 7:30 pm with happy hour food and drink specials. 

Free street parking available. G train to Bedford Avenue. B37 bus to Franklin Avenue. 

Casual attire. 

Hoping to see you there on Thursday. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jazz Poetry Cafe Thursday, May 15, 2014

Calling all poets, singers and music enthusiasts. 

This Thursday, May 15, 2014, please join us for jazz poetry cafe featuring live jazz band, poets, singers and hopefully you. 

Please save the date and make your way to Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn Ny. 8 pm is happy hour for discount food and drinks. 9 pm live music , poetry and fun. Suggested donation : $10. Guaranteed good time. & vibes. Please come out. Hope to see you there!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

All Night Long

Hey peeps!

I have had the pleasure of working with this incredible producer named Derrick Smith and together we have completed quite a few songs. 

We met years ago at an open mic competition at Soul Cafe in NYC that was hosted by Lenny Green and Shayla from 98.7 Kiss FM NY. That was about ten years ago and still, we have a great musical relationship that has resulted in some wonderful songs.

One of the songs is entitled, "All Night Long," a song about the joy of music and enjoying the beauty of it. 

I just added this song to my music library and would like to invite you in to listen to it and if you like it please download. Here is the link: http://www.reverbnation.com/stephanayjnote/song/20708562-all-night-long

I have been in the works of trying to get this song out into the public with hopes people will enjoy what they hear. I have been performing it at my shows and have just recently produced a video for it which is now available for viewing on Youtube.  If you have time, please check out my video on Youtube here and leave a comment because I need all the support I can get:

Thank you in advance for checking out my video.

Last night, I was blessed with the opportunity to be interviewed on the On the Edge Radio Show by Kaydee Barnett and my song "All Night Long" was featured in the program as well as "I'll Be There" which was completed with another incredible producer and mentor, Fred Simmons. What an incredible opportunity. If interested in listening to last nights live broadcast, check out the link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kaydeelyssa/2014/04/26/spread-your-wings-showcase-saturday

Finally, I will be performing some of my original songs this coming Thursday night, May 1, 2014 at Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. 

There will be a live band there featuring Michael Collins on keys, Mark Payne on drums and Trey Sharpe on bass. Hosted by myself and TRP, it will be a nice musical event.

This amazing event will also featured music from TRP (rapper), Jazz-E-Matt (singer), Marissa Cayaso (singer), and Stewart Thomas (singer) just to name a few. 

The event will begin at 8PM - 9PM with happy hour consisting of food and drink specials and then from 9PM artist showcase will run til about midnight.

Hoping you will come to listen, party, or maybe to even jump on the mic and do your thing as well.

Hoping to see you there!!!  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Appreciate God for Making Me A Musician

I appreciate music. But never considered myself a musician until I considered that my main instrument was hand-made by God. Imagine that!

It's funny!  I remember when I was kid, my parents gave me a keyboard and I would always toil with it every now and again but always focused on my voice more; and writing. I am a poet first; since grade school. 

I guess you can say my limited piano skills help me to create tracks because I am a songwriter who loves to write not only lyrics but the music behind it. Like in this song "Appreciate;" a song to honor and thank God for the wonderful talent of being a musician. It was created with Cakewalk Sonar and my Korg Triton LE (straight up audio). Check it out here:


Jeannot, Vocals and Piano.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Passion Run Wild (a poem)

Whoever said it was easy to have a song
bursting out your seams
when you're not on the scene 
of that foreseen dream
but on another theme
at your desk doing the 9 to 5 scheme
when you feel it soul deep
that one thing that makes you complete, 
knows what it's like 
to be living with a passion. 

Who cares to see tears flow?
Passersby don't care to know.
Might consider you crazy though!
Not knowing what you crying for. 
Yet that one thing in your core;
that very thing your heart yearns for
turns your 9 to 5 into undesired labor
and pierces at your chambers 
yet you must endure;
while fighting back tears and 
dreaming about your passion. 

The alarm sounds and starts you on your daily grind
but all you want to do is live your dream and fly; 
acting it out in your mind
with HD colors like a movie screen; paradise. 
Still you force yourself to do what's required
to survive in this world even if life don't come with a smile; 
and just to make it through without breaking, you pray all the while
because your dreams seem to continuously awaken your innerchild. 
And that song in your heart, untriedly breaks through running wild
your individuality that builds your profile
while that song and dance never stops creeping in your mind 
until you give in to live that passion REM trialed. 

(I am a singer and songwriter with a passion for music and a lot of times write love songs about music; my first love. Like the song "Passionate Breeze." I posted the song on my Reverbnation page. Please check it out here: http://www.reverbnation.com/stephanayjnote/song/20069530-passionate-breeze )