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Preamble To A Set List

How does one decide when there are many songs and albums to choose from? A lot of second guessing goes on at first. Then just settling into “hot sets” that have proven themselves. As well as remaining in the moment and playing off of the energy of the audience.

I will begin by playing SNOWLIGHT.
What shall I call this performance? Shall I name it since I am thinking of an orderly smattering of songs that start with the first album release 25 years ago? Or not?
This is a solo (piano and vocal) performance on a Sunday afternoon, end of the summer in the auspicious seaside resort town of Trinidad in Humboldt County on the California Coast. How about one of these for a name: Journey Of The Spirit, or Time Passages, or Soul Train? Ugh! Corny and Clichéd!!

After SNOWLIGHT, just start talking like this: It has been for 17 years that I have performed in concert in the Town Hall in Trinidad where the Redwoods reach for the Pacific Ocean. Where it feels like Home. KQEX Radio was the station to listen to in 1999. Steve Parlato and company! It was a crowded rainy night in February in this Redwood Concert Hall. The Trinidad Town Hall. You know about the magic here. I discovered the magic here that night. I forged friendships. There was a common love of intense nature and intense music. Eventually I experienced a 3 week songwriting sabbatical that took place in a beautiful house on Stagecoach Road. And an album emerged called “Sky.” So let me time travel with you from the beginning until today, August 14, 2016.


1. PAUSE It’s about love peace tenderness mercy grit and grace. It was my first album entitled “Novice.” The song, PAUSE reflected the awareness of our breathing process. Pause is the moment between the inhale and the exhale. The transition and the trust. The stillness and the silence vital to living well.

2. With the album “Conscience,” I started to expand and truly bare my soul. I was working as a service musician. Providing a soundscape to live events not unlike a composer provides a score to a movie. During this time destiny stepped in. Songs like this one (play “It’s Too Late” — Carole King), also from Phoebe Snow, Maria Muldaur, etc. became springboards to songs like this one. Play the original from “Conscience,” INSPIRE ME.

3. SURPRISE VISIT was written for my son. As a single mother, he had and always is a constant source of inspiration and purpose. He came in to visit me at the piano at the Orangerie Lounge in the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix where I was playing. He had just finished his run with the high school cross country team after school. As he said, he just “ran” by to say hi. I decided to write a little instrumental jazzy fun thing. I wanted to compose and play it without linear logical thinking. I realized I could now trust the technical skills I had so that a story could be created in the solo section.

4. MEETING PLACES With this album and title song, I finally felt I had a sense of community with my musical family, my band. We recorded four albums together. All were in the contemporary jazz realm. Matthew McKenzie on bass guitar, Dom Moio on drums, and Mark Prentice on guitars, mandolin, and a bouzouki I brought for him from Greece.

5.ZEBRA was inspired by the Serengeti in Africa. It is the most untouched place on earth. And one of the 10 natural wonders of the world. All 12,000 square miles of it. Then play the radio hit from the album, “Grey Mist At Dawn.”

6. What radio and retailers have named Smooth Jazz or Contemporary Jazz as well as traditional jazz standards and styles all evolved from original ragtime and the early piano blues era. I recorded one of these too! It is called “Cakewalk.” Play MAPLE LEAF RAG.

7. The album “Bedouin’s Paradise” (inspired by a poem by artist Gordon Wagner) was poised to make a big splash into the New Adult Contemporary genre that followed after my early New Age leanings. I rounded up a few big hitters like Peter White (originally from Al Stewart’s band) and Kirk Whalum (famous for his astounding sax solo on Whitney Houston’s version of I’ll Always Love You in the “Bodyguard”). So what is a Bedouin, you ask? A Bedouin represents the unconquerable spirit of mankind. How appropriate, I felt. That was resonant personally as well as humanistic. All the songs on “Bedouin’s Paradise” hark back to the Venice California beach and amusement park of the 1920s. There was wind and water, fun and games, and a roller coaster named RACE THRU THE CLOUDS. Play RACE THRU THE CLOUDS.

8.Read this paragraph out loud to the audience. “Wild Blue” was the first all vocal album. Some time had passed and I paused in my musical tracks. I was upset because I was lied to. There were broken commitments from radio power people that had promised to adding BUNCO MAN from Bedouin’s Paradise to national Airplay lists. They did not add BUNCO MAN. Consequently, I released a classical album dedicated to my Grandmother; a Hip-Hop digital CD under the pseudonym “Squashead”; an EP of stripped down versions of previous originals called “FRAGILE”; and took on the project of composing my first feature length film score for “The Legend Of Billy Fail.”I had dwelled in many new musical frontiers but the ultimate was still waiting. Releasing an album of all original vocals. A singer-songwriter release that would allow me to be free to use my voice on the tracks as I did in live performances. Previously, I was limited to following the protocol in the genres of new age and smooth jazz and contemporary jazz. And, I longed to delve wholly into writing lyrics full-time. I wanted to submerge into writing prosody, words and music together. Maybe it was because so many times as a young girl I came in second as a competitive swimmer. I needed to prove something to myself. I needed to move into first place for my own well being. I needed to command my efforts to engage my writing and my voice. The end goal being to give more love and grit (tenacity) to others. So, I shifted genres and officially incorporated singer songwriter onto my palatte. The first album of this era is “Wild Blue.” As it turned out, the album was picked up and I signed to BLIX STREET RECORDS, the label that discovered Eva Cassidy’s music and released her recordings. Here is the song that the record label president called the “soul of the album”, ANCIENT.

Closing notes: The previous set list ramblings were ultimately minimized and there was much more music than talking. The remainder of the concert played itself out with GLIDE, the title track from “Glide”, the sophomore singer songwriter album. Then after an intermission, we all returned to a second half of songs from “Sky” the album that represented the beauty of Trinidad, Humboldt County and the kindness of the people there. I sang and played through six or seven of the songs letting them unravel from one to another in a improvised intuitive order. The set list at this point was left behind. The audience response created an ebb and flow. It was a 2.5 hour concert including the 20 minute intermission. It was an astoundingly beautiful experience.

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ON TOUR — Jeanne & Kazunori

On Tour Poster Dec 2014

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After 3 tours in Japan, Kazunori and I are finally going to perform on the beautiful California Coast. First stop is the legendary Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Then on to artsy South Pasadena for WINE AND SONG at The Firefly, the historic Shell Cafe in Pismo Beach, and finally the intimacy of a House Concert presented by “Songwriter’s Living Room At The Ranch” in the golden hills of Agoura


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2 Songs 2 Videos



Here are a couple of new videos from the new album SKY. “The Dove” gives a glimpse into the life of the newly formed live performing DUO with Japanese guitar master Kazunori Koga.

The title track “Sky” features over 200 still photographs shot by film and television director Edward Ornelas at various locations throughout the world: northern Scotland, Norway, Sedona, Kauai, eastern Oklahoma, Trinidad and Mammoth Mountain both in California.

Enjoy and sending joy!

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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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For Immediate Release


Equally acclaimed as a contemporary jazz composer, vocalist and pianist throughout her two decade plus recording and performing career, Jeanne Newhall ( 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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Japan Performances 2013 Osaka Tokyo Kyoto


Just back from my magnificent adventure to Japan and feeling rather elated with all the music played, new friends gained, and amazing synergy with this beautiful place. It reminds me of a Chick Corea piece that he composed for his group, Return To Forever, called “Where Have I Known You Before?” A haunting sense of familiarity and yet newness enveloped me in Japan. I posted on my Jeanne Newhall Music FaceBook page that “I have left Japan but it has not left me.” Aside from a DVD that may evolve from the performances in Osaka at The Green Note, the best I can do right now is share these pictures with you. Please enjoy and stay strong in your heart and spirit.


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