Jean Lenke’s
CD Release Concert!

RESTLESS!
Philly Album Release Concert & Party
Friday, Dec. 13th, 8-10:30 pm
Dinner available from 6 pm, Show at 8 pm
Jamey's House of Music
32 S Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050
 

Advance Tickets $15

$18 at the Door

My first album project - wow - it's really happening!

 

RESTLESS! is a great illustration of who I really am. I am truly a crazy mixed up ball of restless chaos, bouncing all over the place, sometimes carefree, sometimes deliberately always unpredictable. Never content to do just one thing, I want to do it all, all at once, and then try it again another way!

 

RESTLESS! is as diverse as I am, Jazz-based, but full of Folk, Fusion & even some RnB influences. The album including one of my own original songs, lots of original lyrics, two beautiful songs written by Philly songwriter James Soloman, the title song, Restless Wondering, written for me by the wonderful Philly singer-songwriter Danie Ocean, and a lovely piece by Canadian pianist & composer David R. Miller. The album also includes classic standards and some new interpretations of Joni Mitchel, Steely Dan and June Carter Cash favorites! Eclectic ~ right!

 

The songs are mostly about love, of course, and like all good lovesongs they are about the restless journeys we go through in our lives ~ our celebrations, our struggles, sorrows & joys, and affairs of the heart. They are also about letting go, moving on, running free - to and from whatever we desire or dream of. Aren't we all restless at some point?

 

#BestBandEver...

 

(I know - I say that all of the time.)

Philly taught me to sing, to write, and to fly free...

 

My musical journey started late in life, well into my 40's. Though I sang in school choirs, and to my babies from our rocking chair, I didn't fall in love with music until I was watching my own children do so. It was all around us, we were living and breathing it, I just didn't recognize how deeply connected to the music I really was. Once I realized that I was part of it a whole new world opened up for me.

 

I owe that awakening to two beloved musician and friends, Pete Bretz & Dan McKay. Without their push & pull & love & trust I would not be performing today.

 

I spent 10 years running to catch up with the wonderful musicians in my Jean Therapy musical family. I may never really catch up, but they and many others taught me everything I know - the songs, how to sing, to be a great bandleader, to write my own music, and then they set me free on my own! When I felt restless and confined by some of the music we were playing, they all encouraged me to look for more. That's how I fell into Jazz - searching for something free and unpredictable. I love the creative freedom that comes with being a Jazz performer - a right of way to be fully expressive, take risks, play outside of the box, and work with many different people who experience music from such diverse perspectives. There's a playbook, but I am allowed to throw it away and just jump in!

 

I recorded RESTLESS! with Glenn Barratt at MorningStar Studios, literally on the way out of town headed cross-country with my husband Marc & my aging mother to Washington. Prompted by our own "restless wondering " we're pursuing a new adventure together "East of the Sun and West of ... Seattle". But I couldn't leave Philly without saying what I needed to say, so I hired (* ) the #BestBandEver 

 

I am privileged to have been able to work with an amazing studio team ~ Tom Lawton on piano & organ, Fostina Dixon on saxophone, Kevin Hanson, guitar, Jim Stager, bass & Erik Johnson on drums. Together we've created a unique experience, infused with rhythm, energy, passion, some really cool west coast inspired swag and a common love for really great music!

 

Friday the 13th! How Lucky! Let's Party!

 

I am so excited about my December return to Philly to share this intimate part of myself with you all. Please join me on Friday, December 13th for the evening at Jamey's House of Music ~ a lovely intimate room in Lansdowne near the train station. Dinner is offered at 6 pm and the show will start at 8. Jamey's is a BYOB!

 

It's also my Birthday week, so let's make it a party! I will have CDs available for purchase & other special celebratory treats there for you as well.

 

Concert musicians will include RESTLESS! musicians Tom Lawton on keys & Fostina Dixon on sax... as well as former Jean Therapy musicians; Tom Glenn, guitar, George Livanos, bass, John Ciliberto, drums. We will play tunes from the album, of course, some of my favorite out-of-the-box seasonal tunes.. and have some special guests! #BestBandEver 

 

Seating is limited, so please get your tickets now through Jamey's website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Many thanks to my mother, Lois Jean Belknap, who helped make this project possible.

 

This album is dedicated to her feisty spiritedness ...

to my father who loved Jazz...

to my husband Marc who lets me be me...

and to my children who inspire me every day.

 

 

 

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