Jan

16

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A brand new year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

A lot has changed since my last post!  The guys and I have a new home at Patrick’s in Chicopee, which is just a fantastic place to make music.  The acoustics are great, the space is open and there’s a nice, big dance floor!  The food is good and I can personally attest to the fact that they’ve got some great beer on tap.  😉  The owners are wonderful and have live music several nights a week.  If you’re looking for a relaxing night out with great entertainment, please check out Patrick’s!

I also finished my Christmas CD, at long last.  It was an engaging project and I’m very pleased with the final results.  You can view the song list on the Music page; and I’ll get some clips up eventually.  There’s something for everyone.  If you didn’t get yours in last month, no worries!  There’s always Christmas 2017!

I hope this is a year of health, prosperity and happiness for all of us!

Jen

Nov

18

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End of an Era

It’s been several months now since the JG Quartet played up at The Loft and I am chomping at the bit to find a new spot for us!  (I think most of you are aware that The Loft management stopped weekend music as of 11/1/14.)

The good news is that we’ve got a Demo CD ready to take to other venues.  And I’m going to be adding a page to this Website so you can check out samples of our Live sound!

Keep your fingers crossed for me!  I’m not the best self-marketer in the world but I love what this group does so much that I have to get us a new home.  🙂

Jul

21

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A Beautiful Thing!

Well, we all know by now that I am not the world’s most faithful blogger!  😉  I just noticed that I wrote my last entry in January (!) after that first performance with the incredible John Scherer on sax.  As of last Friday night, John is now a permanent member of the Quartet and I do think that’s a beautiful thing!  🙂

Thank you so much to everyone who came up to The Loft last weekend and made the night so much fun!  I couldn’t ask for a better audience!  You really made our night!

Can’t wait to see you again in August!

Jan

19

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Smokin’ Sax!

Thank you to everyone who came up to The Loft last night in the lousy weather.  It may have been cold outside but it was smokin’ hot inside, thanks to the wonderful John Scherer on saxophone!  There is nothing like making music with incredibly talented people and John just rocked my world last night!

Can’t wait to bring him back!

Jan

5

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Happy 2014!!

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

I guess I’m not much of a blogger, huh?!  That last post was Thanksgiving 2012!  (Yeesh!)

For me, 2013 was a pretty good year.  My Trio became a Quartet with the addition of the wonderful Ed Brainerd on trumpet and we’re really enjoying working together up at The Loft.  I think it’s time to expand the horizon a bit and find a second venue.  Wish me luck!

I’m still working on the Christmas CD and hoping to release it by Christmas 2014.  I’ve got several songs completed but still have quite a ways to go.  Now, of course, if I win the lottery…..oh yeah, I’d have to PLAY to do that!  😉

Best wishes for a very happy and healthy 2014 to all of you!

Nov

20

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow; it’s been far too long since my last post!  Time is flying and the holidays are just about here!

And with all the wonderful celebrations and music coming up, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!  I’ve got my first Christmas Concert of the season with Dan Kane & Friends this Saturday in Enfield which is always a wonderful way to start the season.  We’ve got just 2 more (marathon!) rehearsals with the big singing group before our show at Symphony Hall on 12/7.  It will be so fabulous to be back at that gorgeous theatre!  If memory serves, we haven’t been there since 2003.  Nine years – that’s too long!

So it’ll be a very special night!

And the very next night, I’m thrilled to be able to sit in with the incredible Peter Miles Band for a song or two!  I can’t wait!  For those of you who may not be aware, my very talented Trio-mates, Steve and Sean are both part of the Peter Miles Band.  I’m incredibly lucky to work with such talented musicians – and I KNOW it!!!

We’ve been having a blast up at The Loft – Steve, Sean and I.  Thanks to all of you who came out and got up on the dance floor last Saturday night.  It was a hoot!  Can’t wait to do it again on December 22nd!

I have so much to be thankful for.  Thanks most especially to all of you for your support!  See you soon!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Jen

Sep

3

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Happy Labor Day!

I hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous holiday weekend!  We are so lucky to have such perfect weather!  Heavenly!

Thanks to everyone who came up to The Loft last Friday night!  It was so great to see you all.  It had really been too long and I’ve been suffering from withdrawal!!   😉

I got a major kick out of Sean’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’!  He’s got a fantastic voice and a killer range and it was fun for me to do back-up vocals for a change.  I hope to be able to persuade him to do lead vocals on at least a couple of songs a night, going forward.

We’ll be back up at The Loft on Saturday, October 6th – sans Sean, unfortunately, but we’ll have the very talented Mickey Benoit on electric drums – which will be a cool change.   And I hope my good friend Ed Mari will sit in with us for a few tunes – especially on a new swing tune that we’re working on – ‘Jump, Jive and Wail’!

Hope to see you then!

Aug

27

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Lovin’ the last sweet days of summer

Here we are on August 27th with less than a week left until September!  So bittersweet!  Fall is gorgeous and full of its own magic but it’s always hard to say goodbye to Summer, isn’t it?!

But the hummingbirds are still here; they haven’t yet left for their winter home.  And the mums are budding and getting ready to show their gorgeous colors.  The pumpkins are already ripening down at Meadowbrook farm – right next to the late sweet corn.  So I’ll savor these last precious Summer days and try to remember to look around me and take in the beauty of this season.  Hope you enjoy it too!

Jul

18

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Remembering….

I’m sitting here on this hot July evening, remembering a couple of fine musicians that we just lost.  Charlie Saloio was a wonderful trumpet player who also wrote beautiful arrangements for brass.  Charlie played lead trumpet on my Sugar & Spice CD and was always both a delight to listen to and to work with.  He also wrote some great arrangements for me, particularly for the 2000 Christmas Show at Symphony Hall – for At Last and Carol of the Bells.  It was such a privilege to have that kind of accompaniment!  I’ll miss you, Charlie.

I’m also remembering Don Senecal tonight.  Don was one of the DKS soloists whose rendition of ‘Margaritaville’  was unmistakably his own!  😉  Don was a strong, brave soul who let nothing phase him.  He had the world on a string and lived it to the absolute fullest.  He had a crazy sense of humor and sometimes drove me crazy (!) but there’s a special place in my heart for Don and watching him face his final challenge made me realize how much I loved him.  Rest in peace, my friend!

I’m so glad our paths crossed!  I know you two guys are rockin’ heaven’s Pearly Gates!  🙂

Jun

26

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Happy Summer 2012!

Well, Summer is here and that’s a beautiful thing!  Such a gorgeous time of year.  I’m really enjoying sitting out on the front porch in my husband’s Adirondak chair in the early morning sunshine with my cocker spaniels, coffee and my Kindle!  🙂  If we keep fairly quiet, we’re treated to a visit from the hummingbirds that favor our feeders!

I’ve even seen a baby hummingbird this year!  From my office window upstairs, I have a perfect view of the top of the weeping cherry where the hummingbirds tend to rest for a bit between trips to the feeder.  It just takes my breath away!  The adult bird was amazing enough but the baby was almost unbelievable!  A tiny bug made the mistake of flying near the baby bird and it zoomed around in fantastic flight patterns until it caught the bug!  Such wonders in Nature!

I hope you are all enjoying the Summer too!

May

7

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It’s Here! It’s Here!!

I’m so excited to have my new website up and running!  It’s been a dream-in-the-works for some time now and I’m just elated that it’s ‘live’!!

I hope you like the look as much as I do!   I also love this new Blog feature and the fact that I can make updates any time, without help from a site designer!  Whoo-hoo!

O Happy Day!!

Please drop me a line and let me know if you like the new site!

You’ll be hearing from me!!!  🙂

Apr

29

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Thanks for helping me celebrate my Birthday!

Thanks so much to everyone who came up to the Loft last night to help celebrate my Birthday!  Thanks so much to Jeff and Brenda for the absolutely gorgeous cake!  It was so beautiful with its musical notes and perfect flowers – in purple (my favorite color!), yellow and white with black musical notes!  So pretty!!!  And what a fabulous, fabulous surprise!

Thanks to everyone who was there and made it so very special!  (You know who you are!!)  I left, walking on air that night!

Apr

14

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Happy Spring!

Spring is in the air today!  It’s gorgeous out – so many things popping out of the ground and bursting into flower!  I know it can’t last but it feels like summer already and….I’ll take it!  🙂

Mar

15

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Some great new tunes for the Loft Lounge

Can you believe this incredible weather?!  60’s and 70’s in March?!  Really?!  I’ll take it!!

Steve, Sean and I caught the Spring fever!  We’ve added some great new tunes and we’ll be debuting them on the 24th.  I’m so excited!  We’ve got 2 Whitney Houston songs – both ‘Saving All My Love for You’ and (my favorite!) ‘I Will Always Love You’.   We’ve also got the Temptations ‘Get Ready’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ – which are both fun to do.  And we’re throwing in Linda Ronstadt’s ‘When Will I Be Loved’ for good measure.  😉

Come on up and see us on the 24th!  It should be fun!

Feb

24

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The Amazing Folks at LifeChoice

I had lunch with my favorite people at LifeChoice Donor Services in Windsor, CT today to talk about music for the upcoming annual Gathering in May.  Every time I connect with these folks, I am amazed at the work they do bringing life and healing to so many and comforting Donor families with such sincere compassion and tenderness.  I am privileged to be able to contribute something to this organization and the people they serve.

My brother was an organ donor, as many of you know.  He taught me how much life and goodness being an organ donor makes possible.  And I’m awed by the comfort and healing that the folks at LifeChoice bring to Donor families.  I encourage everyone to consider signing up to be an organ donor.  You can’t help but be deeply moved when you hear the Recipients’ stories.  A Firefighter spoke at last year’s Gathering and totally floored me.  We all have an incredible opportunity to be a hero to a hero!

Feb

13

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Last Saturday Night at The Loft Lounge

Thanks to everyone who came out to The Loft Lounge to hear us last Saturday night! We had a blast! You made it so much fun for Steve, Chet and I! (You know who you are!!!)

We added some new tunes – like Linda Ronstadt’s ‘You’re No Good’ and Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ as well as ‘This Masquerade’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. We’re working on some Whitney Houston tunes for next time, including (of course), ‘I Will Always Love You’ in honor of the Queen of Pop. I was so sorry that I didn’t have that ready last Saturday to pay tribute to the most incredible vocalist in popular music.

Can’t wait ’til March 24th when we’re back! Come up and join the party on the first weekend of Spring!

Jan

16

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’ve got an exciting new gig at the Loft Lounge in Northampton.  I’m working with the incredibly talented Steve Moser on keyboard and several wonderful drummers.  (I really love performing with a live drummer!)  We cover a range of well-loved standards – like ‘Fever’, ‘At Last’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ – and light pop – like Sade’s Smooth Operator, Billy Joel’s ‘Just the Way You Are’, James Taylor’s ‘How Sweet It Is’, Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ and so many more.

You can have dinner in the lounge – or just enjoy drinks and munchies.  The food is delicious!  There’s a dance floor too if you’d care to take a spin!

Thanks to everyone who came up to hear us in November and December.  It was great to see folks enjoying dinner and out on the dance floor.  You all made it so wonderful for us!

We’ll be back at the Lounge on February 11th, which is the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day.  So, grab your honey – or some friends – and come on up and join us!

I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for all of us!!

Dec

27

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Hope You Had a Wonderful Christmas!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

This Season was definitely one of my favorites to date!  In addition to the big Dan Kane Singers show on 12/4 and some lovely concerts in Enfield and Agawam, I had the privilege of recording a few Christmas tunes for Real-to-Reel in the parlor at St. Michael’s rectory in Springfield.  There I was beside the gorgeous Christmas tree, in that beautiful room, crooning ‘The Christmas Song’ (Chestnuts), ‘Mary’s Little Boy Child’ and ‘Silent Night’.  It was a wonderful experience!

I also had the pleasure of performing Christmas tunes with my trio up at the Rendevous Lounge at Page’s Loft in Northampton!  It was so fabulous to hear Keith’s and Joe’s brushes and Steve’s incredible keyboard on Christmas favorites like ‘The Christmas Song’, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ and many others.  Of course, we included all our favorite standards and pop tunes too!  We’re having such an awesome time up there!

Thank you to everyone who came up to hear us in November and December.  It was great to see folks out on the dance floor!  You all made it so wonderful for us!

We’ll be up there again in February – on the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day.  So, grab your honey – or some friends – and come on up and join us!  Have dinner or maybe just some drinks and munchies and enjoy the music!  We’ll be there from 7:00 – 11:00 PM on Saturday, February 11th.  I’ll keep you posted on our March date as soon it’s set.

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for all of you!!

Nov

21

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The Holiday Season Approaches!

Well, the holiday season is starting!!  I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week!

I’ve been having such a great time at the Rendezvous Lounge at Page’s Loft in Northampton!  I’m so lucky to be performing with the incredibly talented Steve Moser on keyboard.  Steve has an amazing left hand which you’ll hear in his awesome bass lines on songs like Moondance, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Smooth Operator and so many others.  Between the keyboard and the smooth brushstrokes of any one of our fabulous drummers, I’m in heaven!

Please come on up and join us!  Have dinner or maybe just some drinks and munchies and enjoy the music!  We’ll be there from 7:00 – 11:00 PM on Saturday, 12/10 and Saturday, 12/17.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!  Happy Christmas season!!

Oct

20

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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall 2011!

It’s been a shamefully long time since I’ve posted to this blog…..There’s gonna’ be some changes around here!

Can you believe it’s already October?!  Those of us in the Dan Kane Singers group have been rehearsing for the Christmas show for a month now!  Hope you got your tickets because it’s pretty much sold out already!

I’ve got an exciting new gig at the Rendevous Lounge at Page’s Loft in Northampton and I can’t wait to start!  I’ll be singing with the wonderfully talented Steve Moser on keyboard and one of my favorite drummers, Keith Levreault.  (I love performing with a real drummer!)  We’ll be serving up lots of well-loved standards and light pop.  Please stop by for some of the Loft’s scrumptious fare or maybe just some drinks and munchies and check us out!  We’ll be there from 7:00 – 11:00 PM on Friday, 11/4 and Saturday, 11/19.

In other news (!), this website is going to get a major facelift very soon!  I hope you like the new look.  We should have it up and running in early November.  I think we’re about due, don’t you?!  This current site has been running since 2006 so it’s time!

That’s all for now – hope to see you at an upcoming performance!

Aug

10

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Baystate Senior Class Picnic

Just spent a wonderful day with the ‘Baystate Senior Class’, singing for that great group of people at their annual summer Picnic.  What a hoot!  These people love to DANCE!  Love singing for them!  Dan threw me a fascinating little twist at one point – we did ‘Summertime’ as….a TANGO!   Pretty cool stuff.  And the dancers never missed a beat!

Keila, Maddy, Jim, George and I then had our picture taken with the lion, tiger and ape in the jungle!  😉  (The theme was ‘Safari’ this year!)

Looking forward to next year’s picnic!  Sue – you do a fabulous job!