Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pow Profiling

David A Powell Photography
It was the first Tuesday of my summer musical residency at Maliblu Oyster Bar in Lido Beach, NY and I did not know what to expect except that I would be sharing the stage with one of the best keyboardists in NYC who happened to be a mentor of mine named Wayne Holmes. It was going to be a duet and we were going to get through each set, sparking ideas based on the mood of the crowd and the night as it evolved.

I was thrilled beyond belief at the music, and the atmosphere. Imagine! All the positive feelings that can be experienced when you follow your passion.

The First Night
In light of the scorching weather that lied ahead of us, I gambled on the idea that maybe the two of us could both wear white and red to be on common ground. And we did!  

David A Powell Photography

A friend of mine, a great photographer that showcases his photographic genius all over social media named David A Powell decided to tag along and he took some of the most amazing shots of the event including both my Facebook Page and Twitter profile pictures that are currently featured on both pages. You must check out more of his photography works on Facebook here:  

More Music
Melodiaz Creation Old Flyer
On the third week, things up a bit and I was joined by a guitarist, Clyde Bermingham and a keyboardist, Traviso Milner. I guess you might consider me bragging a bit, but to have played with such amazing talent as what they showed me, leaves me in such a festive state of being. I am boasting about it because I can’t help but to celebrate the fact that the best of my summer days was surrounded by music.

I must say that the Maliblu sessions that happened each and every Tuesday were awesome and as the summer comes to an unofficial end, so does my love affair with playing on their awesome stage after eight fantastic weeks, as Maliblu is really more of a cool, summer hangout spot.

The Last Night
The last night ended a little differently than I had expected. I was joined by Melvin Palmer on guitar, Traviso Milner on keys, Carolyn Cole on Congas and a host of their phenomenal musicians like saxophonist Marc Narcisse, vocalist Deboralynne Cole, keyboardist Vince Coleman and more who stopped by, jammed with us and had me fighting back tears at how beautiful everything sounded. I felt like I was being showered with love and it was awesome.

Vince Coleman Pics

Now, I am taking an attentive gaze at the future. I am realizing that it is the tiny leaps you take every day that generates joy within. I am excited and looking forward to the sizzles of tomorrow.
Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend everyone and play it safe; especially if you are wukking up the parkway on Labor Day. Break out the flag and your water and make sure you keep watch of your surroundings including your distance from the float. Representing Ayiti to the fullest. How about you?  


Oh P.S. Just in case you were interested in visiting those social media pages I wast ellign you about to see the profile pic and more, here are the links:

My Website . . . http://www.jnotemusic.com
Enjoy!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thank you!

I cannot believe we are once again about to jolt right out of the summer season into the fall in just a few weeks but while we still have summer season days to muddle through, I want to thank you, more than ever, for when we had the opportunity to cross paths and for sharing some of the most memorable moments of summer with me. You give me the confidence to stand bravely in faith and to leave the worries that often rip through me behind with joyous abandon.

But I am not simply writing to feed you with empty words. Today, I feel like an archivist, looking back at all the times you were there and giving me your wonderful support and I wanted to acknowledge you for it. I am still manacled to the smiles and great memories that you shared with me, on each and every occasion. You keep me drumming ahead and though sometimes I get distracted by the possibilities of the promising potentials for the future that lies ahead, I wanted to take the time out to say thank you for being the beautiful people in my life.

Without you, this road on which I travel would be extremely frustrating and unbearably lonely. There is no way I could have ever accomplished growing into the person I am becoming without you.

And so, with the hope of things to come, I look forward to hearing from and seeing more of you in the upcoming months and I wanted to share with you my bounty of fruit:

Upcoming Performances:

 On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, The JNote Trio (Stephanie Jeannot on vocals, Traviso Milner on keys, Cylde Bermingham on Guitar) will perform live at Maliblu Oyster Bar located at 1500 Lido Blvd in Lido Beach, NY (Exit M10 off the Meadowbrook Pkwy). It is a night of music, seafood and drink specials and fun. This is a family, friendly restaurant which is open to the public and free to all who would like to be present at this event.


On Saturday, September 10, 2016, I will be the featured vocalist at this year’s Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival located on Dekalb Avenue and South Oxford Street in Brooklyn, NY. Event will begin at 3PM and run through the afternoon. For more information, please visit, http://www.fortgreeneparkjazzfestival.com/



On October 8, 2016, I will be performing with the Bartlett Contemporaries at their Live the Magic Dinner & Dance Party at the Family Life Center located off of Linden Blvd and Merrick Blvd in Queens, NY and it will be a fantastic event.

  
Great news:
I am excited to announce that I will be releasing a forthcoming album in the next few weeks. The title of my project is Finally JNote which will feature on it, seven original works and I can’t wait to let you all hear some of the music.

I am also excited to announce that I will be doing my first tour this year overseas in Russia during the month of October. Please keep me in prayer as this is the first time for me doing anything as different as this but I am ready.


   
One more thing!
I am part of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and I have entered in four different jazz renditions of songs that Sarah Vaughan has sung at one point in her beautiful life. Here is one of them: My rendition of “Body & Soul.” If you would please take the time to vote for my submission, it would be greatly appreciated: https://www.indabamusic.com/opportunities/5th-annual-sarah-vaughan-international-jazz-vocal-competition/submissions/13ee03ae-2c79-11e6-9e8a-0ecda187fe01

And as the warm summer days begin to disappear into the fall season that is about to embrace us, I am thrilled beyond relief that many of the summer days was shared with you. Thank you for the good dose of inspiration that you successfully instill in me. Your presence is appreciated in such great abundance and hopefully sometime in the near future, our heartbeats will touch once again.

Until then, have a fantastic week, end of summer and may your days ahead be filled with sizzles of joy.

God bless you,
Stephanie Jeannot



Monday, August 15, 2016

1930s Style Swinging at the Archways of DUMBO Brooklyn

My favorite movie is "Stormy Weather" and to see the Lena Horne type swing dance scenes happening before me, is indescribable. 



This is so 1930s-ish. This is so music. Wow! Thankful to The Harlem Swing Society for allowing me to be a part of this. Thank you DUMBO for the cool pics.

See more pics from this awesome event here: https://flickr.com/photos/67677499@N07/sets/72157669279773594

 #swingdance #jazz #musicmonday #theharlemswingdancesociety #dumbobrooklyn #downunderthemanhattanbridgeoverpass #theaechway #stormyweather #dancing #swinging #spreadinrhythmaround #music #bands #livemusic #jnotequintet #stephaniejeannot #smiling

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summertime, Archways & JNote Music

Wow! Thank God for the protective cover of the archway to allow us to sing outdoors in the "summertime," rain or shine; even through rain, thunder, lightning and sounds of the D train above us Down under the Manhattan Bridge. I've been to a few concerts in the rain, holding up an umbrella just to see artists I like. Ironically, today was mine.



Grateful to the Harlem Swing Society for using me for this cool summer outdoor concert in my hometown, Brooklyn and to the awesome musicians that killed it on every song. Love you all.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Jazz on the JNote: Taking Chances Tonight at 7:30 PM on WNYE 91..5FM

It's August and I am smiling because we still have a lot of 

summer left before the weather starts changing and we are 

back to wearing sweaters again. But Thank God for the days 

we can chill outside, barbecue or swim in the pool with 

family and friends.  But even on those days, it is a chance 

that we take on going outside because you  never know 

what each day will bring.  





Today brings Jazz on the JNote which will air on WNYE 91.5 

as part of the Medgar Evers College Communty Radio flow 

on WNYE 91.5FM and I'd like to invite you to listen in today 

at 7:30PM for Jazz on the JNote which will be on the topic of 

taking chances. For those in NY, NJ and CT, tune in on 

WNYE 91.5FM. Anywhere else you are in the world, use this 

link for mixlr: http://mixlr.com/the-english-connection-media/ 

to listen to this week's show.


Hope that you will join us and thank you in advance for 

sharing your time with me. Have a wonderful day! 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Learning from the Birthday Boy, President Barack Obama: Yes I Can!

The only knowledge you need in life is to know that you will be alright. We all find ourselves dealing with miseries sometimes because life is not easy. But walking around with a distorted vision of you is not right because all of a sudden, you become a victim of your own prejudice. The simple truth is, you are on a pioneering path and you need to know the great amount of influence you electrify the world with when you strive; even those big steps you take moving forward with which you find yourself coming up short. Yet still, don’t be so reluctant to believe that you cannot be a leader but also have glitches.





Just because you are carrying the weight of life on your shoulders does not mean that it has to dull your shine. Nobody said that you had to be driving in the hottest Italian sports car to be worthy of a robust life. Nobody said that to be seen as intelligent, you have to know every James Baldwin novel from cover to cover. There is nothing that says that one must eat 7 ½ servings of whole grains a day in order to be taken seriously. Don’t let these stigmas strip you of your supply of faith.

Stop wrestling with your doubts and letting the war in your mind deflate your willingness to continue pressing on. You don’t always have to be readily available for those invitations to lunch from your wounds and instead, you can find fuel from your passions and continue on with your unlimited expectations of what is to come. Remember, we all come up short sometimes from our own expectations of what life is supposed to be at the moment, detour, and lose our bearings, but don’t emotionally react so quickly to what may seem to be the pinnacle of your dreams. If you have envisioned the fruit at the bend of the rainbow with your own eyes, then you must first learn to tolerate your flaws and come to peace with who you are.

Keep your heart grounded in God’s greatness and love while also allowing him to heal your wounds. Target the opportunities, even through your personal struggles. I mean, what is discussing your dilemmas and aspirations with God if you are not going to let him do what he does? Move along the line with confidence and know in truth that the best is yet to come. Press on in the race and never give up. You are thoroughly equipped to gain momentum.  Life is all about taking chances.  It’s about fighting like Jack Johnson for what you want. But remember, God is bigger than all your problems. 

Love yourself, even with the abrasions, bruises, chatter-about-you and drama. These things are meant to be distractions for a reason. Nothing that an open-flow conversation with God can’t fix. They can be so transforming, if you hold on to God’s faith. A simple declaration such as the famous “Yes I Can” affirmation that the birthday boy, President Barack Obama uses can also change your nature. The most important opinion of you should be the one you hold of yourself. 




 You must also remember that not every aim at the basket will be nothing but net. You might gain momentum on the court with your heart beating wildly and the basketball falling under your spell until you shoot and miss. This is not a reason to be full of vexation; especially if you are keenly aware of who you are and what the end goal is.

What is life if you have to walk a tight rope to well adjust to it? Time to pay a visit to a different strategy. Enough with the wallowing in self-pity. Your mishaps are not chained to a slave castle in St Croix. It would be hard to change your mind with it racing 65-miles per hour. Stop being a slave to the things going wrong in life and instead, emancipate yourself and applaud the good things. A different perspective is all that is needed to endure the journey and to tap into the internal joy that no one or nothing should be able to take away.

Walk proudly towards what you crave to see in your life and be patient while working towards your achievement. I mean think about it. If every test you took was met with an A, there would be no reason to study or aim for higher. Things gained without working for it is not as appreciated as those you bust your butt to attain. So keep pushing forward.  

Time to put this trivial ego-buster out in the trash and regroup for those ample opportunities. But don’t sit on the veranda thinking for too long. Trying again should not be beneath your dignity. Especially when you have eyes filled with curiosity of what that opened door for you would mean. Let your action of trying repeat itself and do it with a fresh supply of faith unless you want to make God insanely jealous by giving into your doubts. Even in a premature stage, giving life to your dream matures you. Experience life! 




The important thing to remember about life is that sometimes you win your battles and sometimes your tries might have disastrous results. Then there are times when you are so at peace with who you are that you find yourself reclining on that veranda, looking back and laughing out loud at yourself at the sticky situations you got yourself into while striving for excellence.