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  • Jen and Sooz at Love Supreme Festival 2018

    LOVE SUPREME FESTIVAL 2018

    2018-07-11


    It wasn’t just the weather that was too darn hot at the Love Supreme Festival this year...

    The vibe...The stages...The talent...The weather...

    This year’s Love Supreme Festival was an absolute triumph and it was a privilege to be there representing the Jen&Sooz Jazz Show at Meridian FM.

    With this celebration of jazz, soul and funk on our Sussex doorstep, the Festival remains close to our hearts. Attending for the third time running, we’ve seen attendance grow beyond 25,000, acts and genres expanded, and the atmosphere and vibe hit top levels of excitement and passion.

    Headlined by music stalwarts Elvis Costello, Level 42 and Earth Wind and Fire; acts ranged from pop and soul through to jazz and funk. We were entertained by performances as varied as Steve Winwood and Tom Misch; Mavis Staples and the James Taylor Quartet.

    Staying true to our roots, we sought out and successfully interviewed some of the biggest names in jazz, both established and new. Imagine our delight to have interviewed none other than Lalah Hathaway, Ian Shaw, Hailey Tuck, James Taylor, Jazz FM vocalist of the year Zara Mcfarlane and the sensational saxophonist Denys Baptiste. Talking to these world-renowned jazz talents about their latest albums, next tours and gigs, was incredible for the profile of our Jazz Show as well as a personal experience to be treasured.

    Check out the interviews at:

    https://www.mixcloud.com/JenandSoozJazzMix/

    coming soon

    ...and find photos on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JennyGreenJazzShow/

    So what’s next for the Jen&Sooz Show? As a community radio show we’ll continue to take every opportunity to cover local jazz events like the Love Supreme Festival. But maybe we’ll spread our wings and get further afield, bringing coverage and interviews with jazz, soul and funk talent up and down the country at Festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival and the St Lucia Jazz Festival which is growing in reputation to our committed audience of like-minded jazz enthusiasts.

    Want to see more of Jen&Sooz?
    Join us on 26th September as we launch our exciting new monthly Jazz Club in Kennington, London at the Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Venue

    https://www.toulouselautrec.co.uk Set to run on the last Wednesday of every month.


    ABI FLYNN
    Abi Flynn is a soulful jazz/RnB singer and songwriter from Brighton. Signed to Brighton’s Tru Thoughts Records, she sets herself apart from the rest with her innate ability to deeply connect voice with heart and spirit - reaching past the depths of her inner world and into the collective space - and combine strong musical innovation with offerings of home-rooted nostalgia and tantalisingly memorable hooks.


    BRASS FUNKEYS

    Whether performing a powerful amplified stage show or as a totally mobile marching band, the Brass Funkeys bring together some of the most talented musicians in London in an eclectic live show bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.


    HAILEY TUCK

    Hailey Tuck’s story sounds like a far-fetched film script. A teenager from Texas with a bob borrowed from Louise Brooks and a suitcase stuffed full of vintage dresses takes off for Paris with her college fund and a dream of becoming a jazz singer. An Italian countess becomes her benefactor, she wows the crowds in crazy cabaret clubs and finds herself underground jazz venues before her music wins her fans around the world and a legendary producer invites her to L.A. to record her debut album.


    NUBYA GARCIA

    Nubya fearlessly threw herself head first into her debut recording with a clear vision of what she wanted; and was meticulous in her pursuit of her sound. Enlisting the help of fellow musical comrades from an exciting new wave of London-based talent, Nubya tapped into well-seasoned, harmonious relationships with players that know and understand her – and this joyful union radiates through her compositions. Bringing the heat with her groove-led live show she has already sold out the Jazz Café,


    MAVIS STAPLES

    At the beginning of her eighth decade of singing truth, Mavis Staples has delivered If All I Was Was Black (ANTI- Records), ten songs about America today, where the present is filled with ghosts of the past. "Nothing has changed," Mavis said in early August, just days before the world watched neo-Nazis march with swastika flags in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a young woman was murdered. "We are still in it."


    ZARA MCFARLANE

    Zara rose through London’s Tomorrow’s Warriors programme, a finishing school for many young vanguards of the live, ascendant jazz scene springing up across the UK capital. Sharing Caribbean family heritages, it’s a product of their joint exploration of the meeting points between jazz and the rhythms of Jamaica; reggae, Kumina, calypso and nyabinghi, shaded with hints of the psychedelic.


    JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET

    James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years; still famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows... with no sign of slowing down. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British live musical history today.


    MF ROBOTS

    MF Robots is a duo who are behind some of the biggest soul, jazz and funk records of recent years. Drawing on experience and the artistry, production values and songwriting standards of a golden age in music, they’ve moulded it with a modern aesthetic to create new classics which will stand the test of time


    DENYS BAPSTISTE


    LALAH HATHAWAY

    Ask her to describe her voice and she might say it feels like, sounds like, soul. But when it comes to defining the essence of music, itself, Lalah Hathaway can go on and on... "Music is so textured and layered," she says,


    IAN SHAW


    EARTH WIND & FIRE
    Over 100 million records sold, 20 Grammy nominations, inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame and a star on the Hollywood walk of fame...
    Jenny Green is a live performer at a variety of venues including restaurants, jazz clubs and special events around South London and Surrey, as well as playing a key role in community events and music festivals.


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    Written on Sunday, 01 July 2018 01:00
  • Corporate Opportunities

    Want your teams singing from the same hymn sheet? Book a singing session as part of your company away day.

    I’m a singer. I’m aware that singing and business do not often mix. And no, I haven’t gone completely mad.
    Company away days, conferences and team building days usually have a number of objectives;

    • Improve business productivity
    • Enhance inter-organisation individual and team relationships
    • Enable employees to learn new skills
    • Allow staff to let their hair down and have a bit of fun

    Achieving this typically involves a combination of workshops, industry presentations, motivational speakers and ‘fun’ activities from cookery classes to assault courses.  Well I’d like to throw another option out there. One with surprising but proven benefits. One that has the potential to achieve all of the above.

    And not just benefits for the confident, sociable employees among your workforce. Give me a group of self-conscious, serious professionals, I’ll have them smiling, laughing, engaged, interacting, learning and developing skills before you can say ‘Tell me why, I hate Mondays’.

    Believe me I’ve done it. If I can get 20 smartly dressed professionals at a networking meeting standing up and singing their hearts out to ‘The grand old duke of York’, then I can do anything.

    And no, there was no prosecco involved.

    So what is involved and why should you book a corporate singing session at your next company conference?

    1. Presenting and communication skills. Many roles, particularly the more senior you are, will involve presenting. Presenting involves having the confidence and skills to project your voice and deliver engagingly. A singing session will teach breathing techniques which will help with overcoming nerves; how to project from deep within the vocal cavity; correct stance; vocal preparation including exercising the key muscles; pitch, tone and volume. These are all essential skills in working life; underpinning successful performance in meetings, presentations and pitches.

    2. Learning to multi-task. Singing requires multi-tasking. You need to deliver a melody, remember the lyrics, focus on breathing, stand correctly plus I’ll throw in some other challenges to keep delegates on their toes. It’s the perfect way to encourage discipline and concentration.

    3. Singing is a proven stress-buster, anxiety-reducer, tension-reliever and mood-enhancer. Singing is as natural as breathing; an activity we all do without thinking and plays a key role in the lives of every culture in the world. Of course, as we get older, our inhibitions kick in and unless we’re a closet Tom Jones our singing tends to be confined to the shower, at celebrations where we enjoy safety in numbers or at karaoke where some Dutch courage may have played a role. My sessions are completely non-intimidating, without any spotlight on individuals or cause for embarrassment. In the safety of a group, the focus is very much on me as the trainer, the exercises and everyone taking part. By the end of the session delegates will have shaken off stresses, feel liberated and uplifted.

    4. Singing is a great leveller. Want to give junior level staff the opportunity to engage with senior managers in a non-hierarchical setting? Well this is it. The chances are everyone in the group will feel equally unskilled and vulnerable when it comes to singing. So all levels and types of staff will work together, learn together and laugh together, bonded by an unforgettable but valuable experience. When it comes to harmonising, they’ll also have to listen to each other. Another highly important skill contributing to improved team-working and stronger customer relations.

    5. Motivation and productivity. It’s a matter of scientific fact that singing releases endorphins into the brain, as well dopamine, a chemical in the brain associated with pleasure and reward. What better way to distract employees from the stress of the day to day job, and return them to the office refreshed and motivated, than a good rousing singalong session. Motivation and productivity are directly linked and therefore there’s no question your organisation will see the commercial benefits from investing in motivational-boosting activities for your staff.

    So that’s singing. One of the most basic and simple of activities, yet with far-reaching impact on development and performance. It’s cost effective and can be delivered at any venue.

    Of course you could send your staff out into the freezing cold, muddy woods and tell them to work together to find their way back. But if you’re looking for harmony in the workplace, my money’s on a far warmer and enjoyable experience…

    To find out more about corporate singing experiences email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Written on Friday, 01 June 2018 01:00
  • Live music. Why I love it. And why your event needs it.

    Live music. Why I love it. And why your event needs it.



    As a performer, live music is in my blood. Very little comes close to the tingles, the uplift and the emotion that comes with delivering a knock-out performance to an appreciative crowd.

    But it’s a universally accepted phenomenon that live music can evoke immense feeling and enjoyment not only in the artist, but in the audience. That’s what makes it so special. Why else would fans clamour to get their hands on tickets for their favourite singer or band performing live. Clearly it’s not just to get a glimpse of their idol, in big venues you could be viewing most of it on a screen anyway.

    It’s for the unique atmosphere created by live music.

    How often have you walked past a singer in the street or a busker on the underground, whose talent and interpretation has given you a little tingle, goosebumps or a chill down your spine? Compare this to what would happen if you were in a shop playing the original item on the radio. You’d probably barely notice it.

    As a singer I have a lot of theories about this. Some are common sense. Some have been scientifically proven. And some are based on the experience of living and breathing the music industry, and just knowing that when it comes to music at an event, there’s simply nothing better.

    Maybe you’re planning an event or run a hospitality venue. You’re considering live music for your special occasion but are unpersuaded of the difference it will make. Well I believe it will make every difference. And here’s why.

    1. An all-compassing sensory experience. Live music is able to deliver greater pleasure and a higher impact, because is a visual treat as well as an aural one. Unlike recorded music, live music engages on a totally different level because you can see the artists, bounce off their enjoyment and passion and get far more involved. It’s more like a show. The interaction and relationship between a performer and their audience is intense and personal, and creates an enhanced experience as a result. 
    1. Volume and style. Live music has more impact and is so enjoyable because the musicians can control volume. They can enhance the build up to the crescendo. Get the audience going. They can also perform songs that you’ve heard a thousand times with a different interpretation or style; giving the audience something unexpected, interesting and new. 
    1. There is actually some science to support it. It’s well documented that music in general releases dopamine, a chemical in the brain that relates to reward and pleasure. But in a study by the American Music Therapists Association, live music actually was attributed to reduced discomfort and stress and an improvement in mood in very ill patients when compared to recorded music. This may simply be because live music is more of a distraction and more engaging. But what a fantastic endorsement of how live music can impact our mood. 
    1. Your choice of live entertainment can be geared entirely around the purpose and nature of your event. Intimate for a family birthday in a small venue. Big band to knock out your wedding guests in a large hotel. Atmosphere-building in a club, bar or restaurant to get the crowd going and keep them coming back. You may want your band to start off romantic, build up to a party atmosphere and interact with the guests. With live musicians and performers, you’ve a huge amount of flexibility compared with other options.

    I’ve delivered thousands of performances and been involved with hundreds of live productions. I love nothing more than a party.

    And for the reasons above, there is no doubt in my mind. Live music literally rocks.

    Jenny Green is a live performer at a variety of venues including restaurants, jazz clubs and special events around South London and Surrey, as well as playing a key role in community events and music festivals.

    To find out more about bookings and gigs, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

    Written on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 01:00

About Jenny Green Sings

From Jenny's early love of pop music, to big band, jazz and acapella, she has a wealth of knowledge, expertise, skill and experience and with her ever expanding repertoire, covering songs from the world of Jazz, swing, to soul Latin and popular standards. Jenny is in great demand as a function singer with her bands and is ideal for weddings & corporate events.