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COMMENT FROM MAY 2024 - COTS WALK

#1. = COTS WALK 2024

Thank you so much Jenni!

You are awesome! You really brought the energy and completely uplifted the vibe. We appreciate you and your band sharing your time and talents with us. THANK YOU.

We hope you will join us again next year and that there will be better weather.

Thanks again,
Romy

#2 = COTS WALK 2024

June 12, 2024

Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers

 

Dear Jenni:

On behalf of COTS Board and staff, we offer our sincerest gratitude to you for making our 35th Annual COTS Walk a success. Please accept our gratitude for the very generous donation of music in Battery Park on 5/5/2024.

The Walk began 35 years ago, to raise awareness about homelessness in our community and the financial resources required to fund critical services. Today, the Walk continues to achieve these goals and serves as a way for COTS to thank and celebrate our community.

 

This year the COTS Walk theme was "I stand for COTS." I stand for COTS means we stand for second and third and fourth chances to "get it right." We stand for meeting people where they're at. We stand for building and strengthening connections within our community. We stand for systemic solutions to complex problems. We stand for a tomorrow where no one is homeless in Vermont.

 

With your support, this past year, we served 1,024 people through shelter, outreach, prevention services, and transitional and permanent housing. This is only made possible by the investment of our incredible community, including you.

 

On behalf of the people we serve, we send you our sincerest appreciation for your donation.

 

Thank you,

 

Romy Theisen

Communications & Outreach Specialist

Romyt@cotsonline.org

O: (802) 864-7402 ext. 207

C: (802) 343-6903

COMMENTS FROM DECEMBER 2023 ON TAP BAR & GRILL

#1. Hi Jenni, I had such a nice time...so great to hear you live again!

The last time was the on-line concert! Not the same but better than nothing! :)...Best, Karen

 

#2.  Thank you for sharing your talent Jenni!  It was a great night.  See you next time.  Pete

 

#3.  It was just wonderful.  Sooo glad you are back.!!!! Luv 

 

#4. Thanks for having me! That was the most fun I’ve ever had playing live. I loved it. You guys were all great.......B.

 

#5. Impressive!  Nice to see you. As fun as ever. Pam 

 

#6. Ha ha! I don't know where you get your stamina, but if you bottle it, I'll buy it! 😄

It was fun -   Mustang Sally - OMG! The last time I danced to that, I needed O2 by the end of it!  

  Yeah, that guy ! Ha ha! I told the girls not to make eye contact with him, but he sure was having a good time!   You have heard the phrase "Dance like nobody's watching"? Well, he took that to a whole other level 😳 I was more afraid he would kick or punch someone by mistake.... he did make it hard for some of the dancers , but I doubt he meant it!   Yes, the sets we heard were great!!  But you always are~!  😍 Will see you back there in February!! Stay warm! I intend to, as well ....Hugs!!!! And Happy Holidays!

 

 COMMENTS FROM NOVEMBER 2023 ON TAP BAR & GRILL

It was a pleasure having you back at ON TAP, singing and dancing, having a wonderful time hearing you sing all our favorite songs. Hope to see you and your band on every third Thursday of the month.

Happy Days are here again 🎼

one of your friends  

Marie M 🎶

Hi Jenni,

Last night was such fun!!!! What a gift you have to create an atmosphere of lively music that people get up to dance to!

I so enjoyed reconnecting with Donna and Nan about the High Steppers that now include tap.

Plus, I hadn't seen Maureen's good friend Pat in a very long time.

I would love to start working on some tunes from your gig list.

Look forward to seeing and hearing you again.

Ciao,

Mare

Jenni....LAST NITE WAS

LIKE WE JUST PICKED UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF 3 &1/2 Yrs. ago...MANY OF   Ur DANCING FANS WERE LOOKING GOOD ON THAT DANCE FLOOR!!

...Ur Looking Fabulous...as always.

And THE JUNKETEERS  

Got it all going on.

A FUN TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

OMG...yes..I saw the GLASSES. On ur HAT..WONDERED IF U KNEW? I WAS GOING TO

MENTION IT... but thought it was part of ur Look!.... D

Hey, Jenni - it was good to see you back there - where you belong !! 😍 Ha Ha! You are at the top of your game, Girl! Wow! Will try to make as many as possible! My feet wanted to dance, but my body said "R U kidding me??? "   As for the sunglasses, I just thought it was cool - part of your styling!   

Have a great weekend yourself!!  See you soon! 💗......PE

Dear Jenni,

You gave to me one of the greatest gifts of my life last night. That statement is true. Having the opportunity to sit in with you and the other band members and play tunes that are in my groove, fulfilled a longtime goal and dream. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Ciao,

Mary

 COMMENTS FROM MAY 2023 - COTS WALK

Jenni,

From everyone at COTS, please accept our heartfelt thank you for the very generous donation of music at Battery Park during the 2023 COTS Walk on 5/7/2023. It makes a big difference to the individuals and families we serve to have these types of donations available.

 

COTS was founded with one simple goal: Break the fall for those in need. For forty years that founding ideal has motivated the evolution of COTS programming from shelter to solutions, as we continue to help our neighbors.

 

COTS remains committed to breaking the fall – no matter where in the crisis trajectory a person is. Our guiding philosophy is to offer emergency relief while advocating for and implementing systematic changes that bring an end to homelessness and housing insecurity. We could not do this without your support.

 

This past year, we served 1,358 people through shelter, outreach, prevention services, and transitional and permanent housing. This is made possible by the incredible investment of our caring community – from individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses.

Please visit cotsonline.org to learn more about our work.

On behalf of the people we serve, we send you our sincerest appreciation for your generosity.

Warmest regards,

Romy Theisen

Communications and Outreach Specialist

Committee on Temporary Shelter

Jenni... After a much too long fasting from live events, due to my fear of getting COVID, I decided to venture back into the living world on May 7th to hear my friend, Jenni Johnson & The Jazz Junketeers, entertain at the COTS Walk 2023 at Battery Park, Burlington.  I brought my friend Rosie with me, who has recently become one of Vermont's newer residents. We both enjoyed the great music from Jenni's group and the ambience permeating the event... so many people of every kind, children and doggies, just grooving to the music on a lovely afternoon by the lake.  I felt like I

 COMMENTS FROM MAY 2023 FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY EVENT

Hi Jenni! Great seeing you & hearing that melodious voice at the library on Saturday. Tag liked the choice of songs & we both witnessed great energy & gratitude in the crowd. You & the band continue to amaze us! Stay well. Hope to see you moving’ & groovin’ & belting out the notes again soon. ❤️Toni

Jenni....  I am part of the couple with the killer hats at the library concert today.  My late husband and I used to follow you when I was in the Presto Chango Band started by Dave Arnold.  Loved seeing you again. Great music brings back great memories. You are looking good. Talented as ever. Did you ever start singing 'Blues in the night'? One of my favorites that would suit you well. Sending love. Cordially, Elaine.

Jenni....  Just had to let you know how Fun your SAT. GIG was....you could feel THE 💘 IN THAT ROOM. Hope you and the BOYS FELT IT also. The Intimate setting and your Banter between SONGS, Was PRICELESS!  YOU are one AWESOME TALENTED ENTERTAINER even when you are not singing.  Love all the selections and your broad Range of MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE is so Greatly Appreciated!  The afternoon reminded me of our Fun TIMES Taping JENNI'S JOINT!   Can't wait till your next gig! Donna

Jenni...., I thoroughly enjoyed the concert Saturday, it was a lot of fun on a dreary Saturday. Ann  

COMMENTS FROM MAY 2023 MIDDLEBURY EVENT

Jenni... Over the last 12 years I have hired Jenni and her band on numerous occasions for dance and party events. Everyone loves her singing and music.  She caters the music to guests depending on if they are dancers, a party or wedding.  Jenni is a staple of this area playing throughout the state.  She also has her you tube channel, "Jenni's Joint" where you can hear her music and experience her many talents. Just recently Jenni and her band played for 150 people for a fundraiser party called "Derby Day" in Middlebury at Edgewater gallery.  It was to raise money for Porter Hospital and Jenni was a huge hit with the crowd.  She made that event a real party. We are lucky to have such talent in our community.  Jenni is a true entertainer, simply the best. Thank you, Jenni, for all you do. David Allan Rose, ASSE Area Representative

COMMENTS FROM JULY 2023 ANTIDOTE

 Good morning, Jenni!  Wonderful music last night, as usual! It was a beautiful evening and so much fun, and great to see you. Thank you for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”! So hard to believe that 24 years have passed since you sang that with Monica and Brittany at our 40th anniversary! I still have pictures and ran across them just a week or two ago! Love, Rene

COMMENTS FROM 2019 EVENTS

Jenni....  "I had to drive us home from Florida last week (1362 miles) and your Pearls album kept us going for a long way.  Now it is getting me to walk my goal of 3 miles.  So, a BIG THANK YOU for your talented, lovely voice and your sweet being.  Stay healthy, I know this is hard on you. Love from a distance" - R. Gilbert

Jenni... Your personal unique style of making what Willie Wright used to call “vocal decisions” has really evolved and matured over time, and what used to be experimental forays into vocal improvisations and arrangements have become well-polished signature Jenni Johnson chops. Like a lot of opera and jazz singers (somehow this doesn’t work in rock and roll as much) your use of your instrument has developed over time, to the point that your work now is both more sophisticated and inventive, and also much more deliberate, than, say 10 or 20 years ago. Like Billie, Nina, Dinah Washington, Abby Lincoln, and some others -Esther you are working on something, re-interpreting the American Songbook and contributing to the project that is jazz as you go along, not just repeating your old songs in the same old way. Great to witness!

Jenni... Wow, one of the best videos we’ve seen of you, what a beautiful performance! Your use of your instrument just keeps growing every year, more nuance, more creativity, more control - American Idol hear we come! Seriously, just loved it - a classic. B&B.

 

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