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Thanks for stopping by! I am JENNIFER TRACY KESSLER, also known as "HALF PINT" and I grew up in Paradise Valley (right next to Scottsdale), Arizona. I am one of five kids-right there in the middle. Though there are several painters in my family, not one...
Thanks for stopping by! I am JENNIFER TRACY KESSLER, also known as "HALF PINT" and I grew up in Paradise Valley (right next to Scottsdale), Arizona. I am one of five kids-right there in the middle. Though there are several painters in my family, not one person plays an instrument or ever had much passion for music...yet I was magnetized to it...especially musical theater. I loved performing- singing my heart out always felt incredible. I started to perform at 9 and continued up through high school. I studied (sometimes!) creative writing, theater and boys at the University of Arizona with the intention of becoming an entertainment attorney. This was just a disguise in place of what I really dreamed of becoming -can you guess what that might be?! At 25, I married my college neighbor and moved to Rochester, NY to join his family business (restauranteurs). While in Rochester, I taught theater to K-6th graders, became a full-time mom and created my own business, The Royal Rump (custom painted children's stools and other tiny pieces of furniture-a few pics can be found in my photo section). After much perseverance, we packed up and moved to Scottsdale, AZ to open our dream restaurant-Via de France, a European Bakery and Cafe. Frankly, this dream became a nightmare...and a blessing. A year to the day, we closed the doors (just too many zero's to deal with, if you're an entrepreneur you will definitely understand what I mean by that), packed the kids and our dogs in the car and headed to Burlington, Vermont-a place to stop thinking and start living. Being in Vermont made me feel so alive (if you have never been, get here!) and I started to crave performing again. I made a few phone calls and was given the name of Bill Reed (Mr. Magic to me) and started training with Bill, one of the best known Broadway vocal coaches out of NYC (Circle in the Square). How lucky was that?! I eagerly embraced singing knowing that it was my one and only real dream and that I must pursue it (I wrote a song about this-if you have interest, check it out in my blog section). With the backing of Fred Green (myspacefredgreen, super musicians out of Tempe, AZ-go check them out!), I recorded a 3-track demo (Studio Z, Phx., AZ-thanks Jimmy Z) which opened new doors to perform. I have spent the last three years cultivating my craft as a musician (it's been challenging being the "new gal" on the block-it really tests your commitment) as lead vocalist in Surprise Element Blues Band and Psychedelic Mooj, sitting in with other Blues and Jazz bands, studying voice, taking music workshops, writing lyrics and most recently, recording and co-producing my first album at Charles Eller Studios in Charlotte, Vermont with The Unknown Blues Band (known in the Jazz world as Kilimanjaro). I have put myself out there and found several top-notch Vermont musicians (check out "band members" to the left) who have joined me on the recordings for this album, MAKIN' MY MARK, due to be released SOON(@*^!!). Life is good, stop by my page anytime. XO HALF PINT
The Best Press, Part 3, my Myspace FANS by Hello to my (second) favorite feisty redhead in burlington (my husband being the first :) i have to admit the first time i clicked thru to your space it was because of your hair *hangs head in...
The Best Press, Part 3, my Myspace FANS by Hello to my (second) favorite feisty redhead in burlington (my husband being the first :) i have to admit the first time i clicked thru to your space it was because of your hair *hangs head in shame* but u sure do have the musical goods lady :) "
You continue to blow me away "Blues Child...Jazz Mistress...Vagina Warrior" I just looked at the fall colors across the valley and I thought about its boldness and brightness...then I thought of you...Is that crazy? Hope you and yours are doing great! :)"
Just stopped by JT to hear your beautiful voice........ How's the move to AZ. going? You are one of the brightest lights on this planet.... Keep on doing what you do best.....Being YOU! "
New Sound Magazine by HALF PINT" featured artist full-length interview, March '08.
New Sound Magazine:
So, why do people call you Half-Pint?
I noticed several Blues artists of the past have nicknames, and I liked that and wanted one for myself. My musician friends started calling me Red Hot Mama, but ......
Psychedelic Central International Online Magazine by Much gratitude to *Jan* over at PsychedlicCentral.Com, International Online Music Magazine for including me as a Featured Artist in April '08. She put together a classy layout...I'm under Jazz/Blues/Instrumental...
Jennifer Kessler...check it out and other fine artists as well.
A snap-shot of OurStage Fan Comments, Sept '08 by Posted by Tracy Cleveland on Sep 30 at 5:35 PM EDT • Hi jt, I'm here to support you because your fabulous! I enjoy your light! t ……….Posted by Bob & Deb on Sep 30 at 5:09 PM EDT • Hey Half Pint....have been meaning to stop by since hearing you in "covers"...you do know the blues, lady!! friends in music...Bob & Deb ……….Posted by Ashley Aldrich on Sep 29 at 11:09 PM EDT • Thanks for stopping by and being a friend and fan, I am honored! You are a talent to be reckoned with! Love your tunes, especially "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss" - great vocals - you have found a new fan! ……….Posted by Darrell Morris on Sep 29 at 3:55 PM EDT • 1/2 Pint, You have an incredible voice, and all the tone, power, & the soul to go with it. You remind me of so much of (esp. Bonnie Bramlett, Joss Stone, Lydia Pence). Your choice of music is first class too. Best wishes, Darrell Morris ……….Posted by Raising Cane on Sep 28 at 11:58 AM EDT • Thank You. Any support from you I take as a great compliment. I love your passion for life...gene ……….Posted by Leeia Music on Sep 28 at 3:43 AM EDT • That Video is IT girl!! ……….Posted by Cigar Monkey on Sep 28 at 1:22 AM EDT • Man LSD - thankyou. Half Pint - why you wasting time with us? ……….Posted by zenmetalshirt on Sep 27 at 5:55 PM EDT • Yeah, that's the one thing i can garantuee: no rules! thanks for your comment! great to see we connect despite all style-borders keeping musicians apart so often... if you wanna do something really crazy send me some of your vocals and let me do zenmetal-reinterpretation...you've got an incredible voice and a striking presence, jennifer! have a great weekend peace&respect from zurich, roy……….Posted by TheUncontrolledSubstance on Sep 27 at 8:49 AM EDT • Whuddup, Half Pint? It's BugzeeOne. Besides doin' my solo thang, I also join up w/my homeboy Centek. We call it Uncontrolled Substance. He produces & djs mainly, I'll make a beat or two. i.e. "Clerks" & "Self-Discipline 2". I do most of the rhymin'. Check out our songs & let me know if your feelin'em. Peace out...-BZ1 ……….Posted by Brian Bergeron and The Late Greats on Sep 25 at 3:27 PM EDT • Jennifer, I stumbled upon "G-d Bless The Child" and it's a beautiful version. Great work! Keep it up. Hope to talk to you soon, bb ……….Posted by Raising Cane on Sep 24 at 10:24 PM EDT • Hello. great video. your voice is thunder, lightening and ice cream all rolled into one hell of a singer...gene ……….Posted by Mellow D on Sep 24 at 7:43 PM EDT • W...O....W...that's all I got to say!! Good form!! I'd love to hear your voice on a "Trip-Hop" track, think "Portishead". Give me a shout if ur ever interested, but definately keep doing what you are doing, I'm impressed!……….Posted by Detrich on Sep 24 at 6:34 PM EDT • Hello Jennifer i stopped by to get some of that energy only you produce, Thank you. D ……….Posted by funkmata on Sep 24 at 5:20 AM EDT • Hi Jen, just cruising by. Make sure you look after that wonderful voice of yours. ……….Posted by Music From Heaven on Sep 23 at 11:47 PM EDT • Hello Half Pint, I was just checkin out your video. Wow, you've got soul girl AND a very nice voice too. I like that! Wish you the best, Music From Heaven ……….Posted by Cathie Fredrickson on Sep 22 at 10:37 PM EDT • Hey Half Pint, had to come back for some of your Bluuuuuuuuues, and Jazzzzzzzz, so HOTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!! love ya, “full pint“?……….Posted by Philip Watson on Sep 22 at 7:42 PM EDT • Oh my Lord! What an incredible voice you have! I love your music! In my head, I can just HEAR you singing a Philip Watson tune! Talk about "DOING IT RIGHT"!!! Thank you Jennifer for joining my friends and fans list! Oh yea.....I'M A FAN OF YOURS TOO!!!!!! ..........Posted by ROSIE SUTHERLAND on Sep 17 at 8:57 AM EDT • Half Pint I am so happy that you liked CRAZY TALK that much!! I have been listening/watching a few of your songs over the last few days. You totally INHABIT the song you are singing - so rare! Glad to have found you here, Rosie.......... Posted by BUGZEE ONE on Sep 17 at 3:49 AM EDT • I appreciate that. When I get comments back on the comments I left, it means a whole lot more than votes & what not. And I don't wanna take credit for that line. It's one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite rap groups, "OutKast", written by Big Boi. "Ain't Nobody's Business" is dope, love tha video & lyrics. Peace out.-Your lil' brother in Hip Hop, Bugzee One.......... Posted by CATHIE FREDRICKSO on Sep 16 at 10:18 AM EDT • Hey Half Pint, your such a sweet heart, I always think of half pint to be small so as your fellow redhead keeping up our reputation, just call me full pint, ha ha, sending love back to you, The Cat.......... Posted by SugarBearFans on Sep 16 at 9:28 AM EDT • HP.Ronzo our bass player was listening to ur stuff on ur site his comment is "she Kicks A^^ in layman terms"End Quote/Sugar Bear.......... Posted by SHE SAID/ AUSTRALIA on Sep 15 at 9:51 PM EDT • Well you're not so hard to love either Jenn..Thanks so much...Would be fun to sing together, that's for sure..Great to see you climbing up the covers charts..Looks like you have loads of support here..and you know whats so great about this place..?Musicians supporting musicians..Wonderful to see...Yep really looking forward to the gig..I always do..My escape from crap!!!!..and a few hours to shine...lol...Love ya Jenn..You're an inspiration to so many and I bet, for your kids too.......... Posted by MIDNIGHT MARINER on Sep 15 at 11:14 AM EDT • Hi Jennifer, Your words went far with us, but we have to say the same about your work. Had a great feeling listening to your music and you have a great voice! Keep up the brilliance and stay in touch. Peace, Midnight Mariner.......... Posted by SUGARBEAR FANS on Sep 15 at 9:18 AM EDT • HP, Kort and I have been listening to ur live version of God Bless The Child . Just saw Steve Miller do it live.Girl he is the master,but with that 3 piece jazz version u make our blood run cold/Totally satisfied/Sugar Bear and Kort.......... Posted by ROSIE SUTHERLAND on Sep 14 at 8:54 PM EDT • Jennifer you have one hell of a gift! So glad to find such an amazing voice here. There is a so much great music out there, but few singular voices like yours. Best, Rosie.......... Posted by PIANO WIZARD on Sep 14 at 7:54 PM EDT • I Love You! You are so musically explosive! sincerely,David (Your Piano Wizard) Kelly.......... Posted by DETRICH on Sep 13 at 2:41 PM EDT • I Love you Energy, I can see it when your on stage and hear it in your work. Awesome.D
The Best Press, Part 1, my Musician FANS by Jazz In July '07, Amherst, Mass Performance
You're very unique. You have a great personality...
You're very unique. You have a great personality ...love working with you! Your rendition of Voodoo Woman was great-you acted out the part! Loved your intro on G-d Bless The Child...great performance and emotion."
-Sheila Jordan, Jazz Vocalist, Recording Artist, Teacher
Excellent vocal quality. Wonderful interpretation and phrasing of G-d Bless The Child...bluesy feel and attitude! Great use of vocal power when needed. Yeah! St. Louis Blues is a perfect tune for you, nice job belting it out! Excellent stage presence and eye contact with the audience. You got it!"
-Bob Ferrier, Freelance Guitarist, Teacher
G-d Bless The Child...this is a wonderful tune for you! Nice use of higher register-saving it for the end. You made us all smile!"
-Bruce Diehl, Saxophonist, Director of Jazz Studies at UMASS-Amherst
You are a really great blues singer and performer...you execute this style perfectly. You allowed the words to come through...really built the song in Peel Me A Grape. You make songs your own which is great, great, great."
-Catherine Jensen-Hole, Jazz Vocalist, Assisstant Professor of Music, UMASS-Amherst
You got it! Really great groove- vibe"
-Chip Jackson, Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Teacher
The Best Press, Part 4, my Myspace FANS by Hope you have a wonderful weekend Jennifer...you have such a great voice for the blues. Hope to see you perform someday."
Always lovin You HP."
Blues Budda, NY
Hello there my lovely friend! How you and your loved ones keeping? Been a while since i've passed your way,but, it's great to see that you're doing great lovely things. As they say it's never over till it's over. Keep on making beautiful music my dear sister. You're a blessing. Nuff love always."
Kalvin Kristi, New Jersey
Hey there Jennifer! Thanks so much for adding me! I absolutely love your music! I am a huge fan of the "blues" and Janis Joplin, which obviously means, I am now a huge fan of yous! lol
Thanks for the music! Keep on doing what you do so well!"
Jennifer, I really love "ain't nobody business but my own". You really do have great voice...one of the better ones around. Love "I'm a woman" also. Nice stuff. Alot of passion. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for the friendship."
I really appreciate your talent and you letting me play your song. We'll do another one real soon. I'm not through with you yet :o)"
Lookin good on fire baby!!"
Thank you for the friendship Jennifer.
Great voice...great work!
Keep rockin' strong in VT!"
Holy fucking shit, I just watched your video, and fuck, you are amazing. Sexy, sultry notes belting through every space in that room, sprinkled with passion, emotion and so much of your being it makes you want to jump up and scream while listening and watching. You are a gifted performer and I can't wait to catch you live sometime. I mean, fuck, your voice is its own being, for whatever that is worth, and it definitely settles in the being of each and every person who listens to it. Keep singing and creating your beautiful art Half Pint!!!!!!"
hey jt, you are an amazing source of energy.
Perhaps if we can harness that we will no longer have to rely on foreign oil!"
Hey Half Pint! Hope you are well!
Came by to grab a great song for my player......have a great week!"
Mark Orr Photography, Indiana
The Best Press, Part 2, my Musician FANS by George Voland JAZZ-
You're a fine musician and person with whom to pla...
You're a fine musician and person with whom to play music, and I look forward to sharing the bandstand with you sooner rather than later."
Bill Reed Voice Studios-
Bill Reed, Vocal Coach, Circle In The Square, NYC...
We've got something very special here"
Linda Spevacek Vocal Studio- Linda Spevacek, Conductor, Composer, Judge, Author, Vocal Coach...
Incredible (raw) energy...powerful"
Radio DJ Reviews
Paul Bondarovski,Midnight Special Blues Radio-Live 365.com...
Hey, you're dangerous when singing...absolutely great! My listeners are doing their 'job', they listen...and vote: yesterday my listeners pushed you to #1."
DJ Geoff, Helsinki's Blues Cafe-Live365.com...
I don't just like it, I love your sound...you will start to get airtime."
Studio Z , Jimmy Z, Owner...
Easily the best female vocalist in the state of Arizona"
Surprise Element Blues Band, Joseph Ridley, Lead Guitarist/Composer...
She is the crown jewel of my project"
Cherri and the Violators,
Johnny Schweitzer, Drummer...
She lights up the room when she sings"
Phoenix Film Institute,
Marla Finn and Peter Stelzer...
Peter adored you. I adore you. You are a breath of fresh, intelligent, talented air"
The Raskin Group,
Ferrel H. Raskin, VP...
The power of her voice is earth shaking, yet she stands about five feet tall and couldn't weigh more than 100lbs."