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NEW ALBUM IN THE WORKS UPDATE

Hi Everyone,

My friend Briana just helped me sequence the 11 songs on my new album that I recorded on May 24th and 25th at Castle Oaks Productions. I love the order she created — Briana is an emotional genius. Grazie, Briana!!

If you have not seen the latest newsletters or blog posts I will fill you in on a little about the album. Abraham Laboriel, the great bassist and my desr friend had played live with me previously a few times, but we had never recorded together. So, Abraham wanted to join me in the studio this time. He also introduced me to Walter Rodriguez, a massively talented drummer and percussionist. Originally from Puerto Rico, Walter now resides in Los Angeles and is heard on many new film scores. He specializes in all my favorite skins: tabla, cajon, udu, and conga.

My friend from my Japan tour in February, Kazunori Koga, flew in from Osaka to join us on acoustic and electric guitars. He thrilled me with his playing when we did the live shows in Japan and again at Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood on the day before our recording sessions. Abraham, Walter, Kazunori, and I became a global group, united in the divine spirit of music.

I mixed the album in June. Don Murray is at the sonic controls again as the recording and mix engineer supreme. There are 10 original songs and 1 Bob Dylan cover of “If Not For You”. That song became even more enticing after I learned that Mr. Dylan wrote it for his dear friend, George Harrison. I have certainly given my nod of appreciation to the Dylan’s…Jacob’s 6th Avenue Heartache on Glide Deluxe Edition, and now his father.

Looking forward to a release in late September or early October.

sending peace and kindness,
Jeanne

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WEDNESDAY’S WISH — MUSIC EDUCATION

Hi,

In a recent BBC Interview, “Elton John discusses his worry that TV propels acts into stardom who aren’t ready and who don’t have enough talent.”
Elton John’s interview statements mirror my longtime concerns for the youth of this world. After a TV ad during a recent airing of Entertainment Tonight, I feel compelled to express myself; as a professional musician, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, and private music teacher. Professional means I get paid for what I do. With this bold stroke, I think that qualifies me to express a bit of a smoldering opinion on the topic.

Wednesday’s Wish: sharing it from my Facebook Music Page

I wish the television/pop entertainment media along with the Grammy Foundation had never created “Grammy Camp” for young people. This is not music education. There are two essential elements that an individual must have to earn the right to call themselves a musical “artist”. Those elements do not involve a microphone, a recording studio, or “developing a strategy that will incr…ease their chances at having a successful career in music.” Nothing replaces natural musical talent (a least a little) and hard work. Hard work defined as a regular structured practice schedule on your chosen instrument, voice included. One must study and learn about music — melody, rhythm, harmony, etc. And, if you are really meant to be a professional musician, it will not feel like practicing. Breaking it down, it means discipline devotion and direction on a daily basis for years and years. There is no easy fix, quick way, or substitute. Sorry Grammy Foundation. You need to teach music — not to aspire to be an overnight pop star. I am concerned about the kids. So misguided.

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Yarnell Hill Prescott Arizona Fire Tragedy June 30, 2013

Tragedy loss emotional pain accidents that devastate us. Heavy on my mind today.
It is difficult to write about anything except the Yarnell Hill Prescott Arizona fire incident. I know this place well. Nineteen young men have mysteriously had their lives swept away from them by a dangerous fire that became fatal when the wind trapped them inside it’s fury.
My father and his 4 sisters, when they were kids, used to take the back way to northern Arizona, into cooler country by way of Yarnell Hill. I don’t even think there was an Interstate 17 then. Yarnell Hill is steep and winding and breathtaking. It is my favorite drive up into northern Arizona, my home state. In the same area before arriving into Prescott is People’s Valley with acres of horse pasture and clear yellow fields of yarrow for miles. Interestingly, there are few people in People’s Valley. I always wanted to live there.
It is with great sadness for the loss of these brave souls that I devote my day today in silent prayer to these 19. We cannot know why they are gone too soon, but can hold reverence and honor in our hearts for their sacrifice in service to help us all.

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CATALINA BAR & GRILL HOLLYWOOD LIVE SHOW PHOTO ALBUM

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A compilation of photos from my show, May 23, 2013 at Catalina Bar & Grill with Abraham Laboriel, Walter Rodriguez, and Kazunori Koga who travelled from Japan to perform with us.

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PRESS RELEASE CATALINA BAR & GRILL SHOW

For Immediate Release

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ PIANIST AND
VOCALIST JEANNE NEWHALL MAKES HER
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN TO CATALINA
BAR & GRILL IN HOLLYWOOD MAY 23 WITH
A MULTI-CULTURAL BAND FEATURING
ABRAHAM LABORIEL, KAZUNORI KOGA AND
WALTER RODRIGUEZ

Equally acclaimed as a contemporary jazz composer, vocalist and pianist throughout her two decade plus recording and performing career, Jeanne Newhall (www.jeannenewhall.com) makes her triumphant, highly anticipated return to the stage at Catalina Bar & Grill Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
The show marks her first at the renowned Hollywood jazz club in nearly five years.
The charismatic, multi-talented artist will be joined by a powerhouse multi-cultural quartet featuring legendary bassist Abraham Laboriel (whom Guitar Player magazine has called “the most widely used session bassist of our time,” with over 4,000 credits), drummer Walter Rodriguez (a protégé of percussion great Alex Acuna who has toured with numerous artists, including Yanni) and guitarist Kazunori Koga, who first played with Newhall last fall when she performed several shows in Japan.
The weekend following her set at Catalina, Newhall and her band will head to the studio to start work on the vocalist/pianist’s next project, a jazz/blues/folk/soul influenced recording that will, like many of her previous projects, be released on her independent label Marzipan Records.
They will be performing more recently recorded vocal songs from Newhall’s albums Glide (Deluxe Edition) and Wild Blue (2006), in addition to popular cuts from some of her 1990s albums when her focus was on instrumental contemporary jazz.
After taking some time off from her whirlwind recording and performing schedule upon the passing of her brother in 2008, Newhall—who last performed at Catalina in 2008—has emerged with some of her most dynamic and successful projects ever.
A year after releasing Glide, her comeback album, in 2010, she put out the Deluxe Edition of the collection that included a cover of The Wallflowers’ “6th Avenue Heartache,” which was featured on the ABC mystery-drama series “Happy Town.”
A devoted practitioner of Ashtanga Royal Yoga for more than 10 years, Newhall recorded and released her first yoga-centric album Blossom of Transformation in 2011; she dedicated the healing-based recording to her late brother. Last year, she added a second career spanning compliation, Spacious, Peaceful and Quiet, to her extensive discography.
“Since I began performing again late in 2012, I feel like I have shed an emotional and spiritual skin and am enjoying a sense of healing, rebirth and transformation,” says the Phoenix born and raised, Los Angeles based artist. “There comes a point with every musician where you feel a unique call to share your gift and emotions with both the people who have helped support your career and others who are new to the experience.
“All of this is like emerging from a cocoon and rising on what I can only describe as ‘butterfly wings,’” she adds. “I feel a burden lifted and am now flowing with a newfound sense of melodic and rhythmic freedom. I’m really excited to be performing at Catalina’s again with these great musicians I have had the pleasure of working with in the past.” ….Jonathan Widran

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BIG SHOW IN LOS ANGELES MAY 23, 2013

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Hi…hoping you will join us for a rare “One Show Only” performance in Hollywood at the famous Catalina Grill & Bar on Sunset Boulevard at Highland Avenue on Thursday evening May 23rd, 8:30 PM. I am thrilled to be able to perform again with Abraham Laboriel – bassist supreme, as well as Kazunori Koga, the vibrant guitarist who performed with me on my recent Japan tour. Kazunori is flying in to perform at Catalina’s and record on my next album. Also, Walter Rodriguez will be joining me for the first time on drums and percussion. He is a protegé of Alex Acüna, tours extensively with Yanni among others and is a first call musician in Los Angeles for both live shows and sessions.
We will be playing songs from many of my older albums such as Zebra and Bedouin’s Paradise as well as several vocals from Wild Blue and Glide Deluxe Edition. Maybe I can even tuck in a sacred chant from Blossom Of Transformation. It will be a fun time…there is a parking garage, just in case you were wondering, and certainly a memorable milestone in my performance career!

Sending rich blessings to all,
Jeanne

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