Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I love how jazz music is not just about listening but the singing, dancing and appreciating.
This is a visual of what Eric Frazier's jazz jam looks like. Music, singing, tap dancing, great food and more. Such a great night of energy.
You can experience it for yourself every first Tuesday of the month at Rustik Tavern located at 471 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11205.
Every first Tuesday from 7pm to 11pm. All are welcome.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
December Photo Challenge
Black & White
The keys on a piano is black and white. But so is my love for music. It's just a natural thing.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Two years ago today I was getting myself together to go on my very first cruise.
It was supposed to be on the Carnival Cruise line going to Puerto Rico, Barbados and Turks & Caicos and leaving from New York City. Our boat was scheduled to leave on October 29th but because of the approaching storm, the date of departure was changed to the 28th to try to beat Sandy. I hadn't even packed my bags yet and had a late night gig at Plate of Soul in Queens with 19 South Band the night before.
That Saturday was spent rushing to get the last minute things I needed as well as getting my nails and feet done. I only had a short period of time to get myself together plus to be at Plate of Soul for my singing engagement.
While I was sitting at the venue. as I am in the picture above, I received notice that my trip was cancelled; the next few days was history.
Sandy! New York! State of emergency! Destruction. Thank God we got insurance on the trip and were able to get our money back.
What a blessing to say that two years later, I'm still here. Could've been worst I guess but I still hope one day to go on a cruise and enjoy it!!!
Friday, October 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A year ago around this time, I was taking jazz classes with hopes to learn how to scat. I came across a great jazz improvisationalist named Marion Cowings and he gave me guidance on the art of jazz crooning; though I have found that jazzmusic is still one of the most difficult genres of music to grasp. After listening to his CD and heard his cover of the Flintstones, I wrote a blogpost about his song and his class, among other things.
A year ago, I was writing about songs that have been reincarnated and my blogpost started with an image of Louis Armstrong. Check out the old post here, written on September 29, 2013: The Sounds of Reincarnated Music.
To look back and see where you were is interesting when you look at the here and now at what has occurred since then. For one, I visited the home of Louis Armstrong, now a museum located in the Corona section of New York.
It was awesome to see where he lived, how he lived and to learn more about this fascinating jazz musical icon; especially about the song "What a Wonderful World."
The lyrics itself are wonderful. A truly positive message is reverberated through the words and sound. And Louis sang it so beautifully. Louis was a type of person who loved where he lived and he loved his neighbors. The children all around loved him and would call him Uncle Louis. These song was written in honor of them because he loved coming back to Corona and enjoying life and his surroundings; especially the children. Made me find a little bit more respect for the song and made me want to sing it.
And so, I did. Still trying to grasp jazz singing, I am always trying a new song. I learned the lyrics and melody to "What a Wonderful World," and sang it; live. I changed the key to Bflat but, this song has so much meaning to me now that I fell in love with it.
Please check out the live footage of my performance of the cover of "What a Wonderful World" on Youtube. The following is the link:
Thank you for reading my blog post.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It's autumn; the perfect time to fall back into fitness.
Summer fun is over. Time to start a new way of living. Time to get inching and ready for better health and more feel great days.
Not as many barbecue grills out anymore. Kind of cold now but nice enough to take a stroll and experience the beauty of the new season. Remember; with just 30 minutes of cardio fitness a day, you can improve your heart health tremendously. Walk, run, jog, kettlebell, Wii sport or whatever; do something to give your engine a pure workout.
If you aim for fitness at all, do it for the sake of your health. And whatever you do, aim and stay on target until you reach that point. You got the strength!!!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
|With The Force MDs and DJ Denise at Six Flags Great Adventures|
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
I have heard Shirley Horn sing before. Her voice us very mellow and pretty. She creates a soothing sound that the ears can just love.
What I did not know about her is that she also played the keys and played it very well. I discovered this fact when I started watching this "Antonio Carlos Jobim All-Star Tribute."
What music! Everything about this program is cool. The sounds. The round up of artists and the mere fact that the concert is hosted by Herbie Hancock.
The diva thing will always stand out to me. Just one more thing to love and appreciate about music. You never know what new and exciting thing you will come across; even if it is something that is old like this 1995 DVD.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
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.
Hoping to see you there on Thursday.
Sunday, May 11, 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
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:
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.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Good Afternoon My beautiful, family, friends and children of our great God. How are you doing this evening? I pray the week was as awesome as the miracles God allowances you with; flourishing talents that make you want to dance and sing with passion across the expanse of our God's blessings and creations.
"Dance" Original song by Stephanie Jeannot and Fred Simmons. We performed it live Thursday night. If you weren't there, you missed a dope show.