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Yes, I am a Sammie Award nominee!

It is nice to be acknowledged by the music industry folks in Sacramento and it is nice for Sacramento News and Review magazine to create these awards and host a concert each year. If you would like to vote for me for best Singer-Songwriter you can go to this link: https://go.newsreview.com/sammies/ Here is the song that I attached. You can listen to it here. I chose this song because of the beautiful harmonies of Sandra Delores, and the beautiful instrumentation by Mike Farrell on electric guitar and bass and Eric Everett on drums. I love Mount Shasta and I hope by featuring this song it will inspire you to go visit Her. Again, it is nice to just be nominated and to those who did, thank you!! And thank you to all who support my music by coming to the shows, or buying CD’s and going to our wonderful venues in Sacramento. I am venturing out this year to play more of California and have a third CD/Album in the works that I hope to have out in stores, online and at shows by June.

Peace, Jenn

 

How we can help the homeless

Hello Everyone!! Happy Halloween, Samhain, Dia De los Muertos and Thanksgiving! I love the coming Fall season with the brown gold leaves falling and the nights getting cooler and the skies a bit cloudy. The Fall season has always felt like the beginning of the year for me. It is also the beginning of the year in a dangerous way for those who are homeless or unhoused in Sacramento and elsewhere and I urge you to collect gently used hats, sweaters, coats, scarves, blankets and socks that you have in your closet or that you can purchase at a local thrift store and donate directly to the homeless by going to Cesar Chavez Park on Sundays from 8-10 am and finding CAFFE (Clothing and Food For Everyone) along 9th Street and Armando will be happy to take these items off your hands. Or you can go to the Community Dinner Project on Tuesdays at 430pm in front of City Hall along 9th Street. You are more than welcome to cook or donate food and provide if at all possible organic food to serve to our guests.  We also need The Community to donate their time and attend or speak at the city council meetings on a regular basis on matters that matter to you and all of us! It’s your city! A few week backs I brought my guitar and sang (and spoke) to them singing a take from Pete Seeger’s Where Have All The Flowers Gone ..“Where Have all the benches gone/bathrooms/shelters etc. “Gone to Developers everyone!” You can watch it on the city council meetings archives.  Come see how they act, talk, leave and generally treat local activists and speakers who get up to speak. A whole lotta gaslightin’ goin’ on by your mayor! Public comment period moved to the end again..shame! Hurts the elderly who have time to be involved. On November 30th the City Council will vote to approve or disapprove the $20 million allocated to the city/county for homeless emergency housing! I will be there with guitar in hand once again! Another homeless activist group led by Sister Libby Fernandez would love to take those warm winter clothes off your hands. You can reach out to Sister Libby Fernandez and the Mercy Pedalers. She and her group go out on bicycles and deliver much needed supplies to the homeless downtown. There is a sister group in the Arden area.·

It is beginning to get cooler in the mornings in Sacramento. #Mercypedalersare in need of hats, gloves, scarves and blankets for those who are waking up cold in the mornings living on the streets!
call me at 916-879-5581 or email me at Lfernandez@mercywmw.org

I have a Facebook page I created awhile back called Friends of the Homeless in Sacramento that you can join and submit any information that will help the homeless and also if you know someone who is homeless and has a phone and/or access to a computer in a library they can also join and find out where to get help or just connect and know that we care and are trying to help end homelessness. There is also the Community Dinner Project on Facebook and CAFFE. There is also a Facebook page for Sacramento Safe Space for Unhomed Youth administered and vigorously attended to by Kimberly Church.

Here’s my music schedule for November!! Hope you all can make one or all of the shows!

Fox and Goose Pub Nov 3, 2018

9-midnight $5 cover at the door 21+

Skylers Pool Gillian Underwood and the Lonesome Doves and Jenn Rogar and Fred Nelson Jr.

Skyler’s Pool is an indie-rock band out of Sacramento that plays original music and features husband and wife duo Kitty O’Neal and Kurt Spataro. Playing music in different bands together since the 80’s, Kitty is also the Afternoon News Anchor on KFBK AM/FM and Kurt is the Executive Chef/Co-Owner in the Paragary Restaurant Group. Drummer Fred Nelson, Jr. (Oleander) and versatile Lori Sacco-Nelson (Funk Shui) are joined in Skyler’s Pool by bassist Bob Lo Russo. Jenn Rogar is a local singer-songwriter of Contemporary Folk music with a country, jazz, pop, rock, blues and socially conscious twist accompanying herself on acoustic guitar and backed up by the awesome drum sounds of Fred Nelson Jr. Gillian plays dark and intelligent alt-country love songs with two sultry female voices. Join us for a night of great local female fronted music groups.

KUPROS CRAFTHOUSE  Nov 13, 2018

1217 21st Street, Sacramento, CA

Jenn Rogar returns to sing two solo sets accompanying herself on acoustic guitar from 5-7pm Happy Hour! at Kupros Crafthouse (the old Cheapthrills!) Jenn will be performing easy listening original songs tinged in jazz, pop, country, blues and social consciousness. Jenn also sings the folk songs you love from Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and more and old traditional folk songs or public domain songs that have stood the test of time. Jenn loves the standards as well and will sing her own arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook. Singing along is encouraged.

Kupros is a warm haunt in midtown Sacramento and is a 1910  two story Craftsman house with globally inspired pub grub, craft beers, wines, cocktails and outdoor seating.No cover. 21+

Peace and blessings to you and yours! Music unites, provokes, changes and heals!

Jenn Rogar

Families Belong Together Rally

Please join me and hundreds of thousands of people all over the United States and those around the world in solidarity as we gather and rally at the event  Families Belong Together at 650 Capitol Mall (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration “Services” to raise our voices to bring the 2400 children back to their families who have been recently separated by U.S. Government Border Patrol and  ICE and the release of over 11,000 children who have been in U.S. Custody since 2015. 10 am Saturday June 30th! Sacramento, California

The River (The River CD 2013)

I’m gonna go down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
I’m gonna go down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
Stand by the river
Let my tricks be bare

I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
Know my reflection
Let my conscience be my mirror

I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
Toss out my tokens
Clean this liars lair

I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
Stare at the sun
Let my tricks beware

I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
Cry for forgiveness
Share what I can share

You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
Stand by the river
Let your tricks be bare

I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
Take away your sorrow keep your mind aware
Take away your sorrow keep your soul aware
Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.

Mother’s Heart (Jessica’s song) Upcoming CD 2018 “Gratitude”

My daughter Jessica came back to Sacramento from San Diego after eight years away from home. Jessica graduated from high school and at the young age of eighteen moved to the far end of California. I missed her and I wrote this song coaxing her to come back home because I knew it would be better for her to be here with her family where there is loving support as a young person navigates their way through their youth. San Diego is a beautiful town, but it is a town that can lead one towards misdirection. I am so happy that my song worked! I believe in the power of positive thinking! I will be recording this song soon on an upcoming 2018 CD called “Gratitude” in honor of having my baby girl back home. I will be performing this song often. I feel such joy when I sing it! This song is dedicated to all mothers who love their children enough to let them go and be their own person, let them discover themselves while at the same time praying that the guardian angels and spirit guides are there to pick them up when they have fallen or are misguided. Ah I remember my twenties! I love my daughter Jessica more than life itself.–Blessed Be!

Mother’s Heart (A song for Jessica)

Loving you with a mother’s heart
Love so true when you’re in my arms
Life began the day you were born
Come on home honey where the fire is warm

And the day that you left for the seaport town
I felt a part of me so proud so torn
I missed your laughter ooh I missed your smile
Gotta come home now baby won’t you stay awhile?
Gotta stay and try

Loving you with a mother’s heart
Love so true when you’re in my arms
Life began the day you were born
Come on home honey where the fire is warm

Seems like yesterday since she went away
Five long years has gone why did you stay?
Just a girl became a woman just like me
You had to get away just to learn to breathe
Just to set yourself free

And it ain’t easy growing up in this world
I just know one thing I got back my babygirl

Loving you with a mother’s heart
Love so true when you’re in my arms
Life began the day you were born
Come on home honey where the fire is warm
Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

Corporatocracy Upcoming CD 2018 “Gratitude”

How many years have I seen
People left out to die in the street
To suffer from cold inhumanity
When will we all see their needs

How many times can I walk down the street
And see them there just staring
Come take my hand feel the heat
A new revolution’s igniting

When will the five rivers meet
Rise up and spill into free
Where are the people in every town and city
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy

How much destruction can we bear
From every direction it is seeping
What will it take for us to hear
The cries of babes and mothers weeping

People have skin and hands and breathe
They love and understand and feel
Not bricks and mortar used as shields
Corporations are not fucking people!

When will the five rivers meet
And rise up and spill into free
Where are the people in every town and city
Hand in Hand fighting corporatocracy

Listen to the beat of the heart of the mother
Hear her cry in the native drum
She’ll guide us to walk in peace with each other
Come together as one in the warmth of the sun

We the fortunate free must speak up loudly
For those in chains and darkness
Cuz silence we all know and if you didn’t know is complicity
I pray I reach your heart and you understand this

When will the five rivers meet
Rise up spill into free
Where are the people in every town and city
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy
Hand in hand fighting corporatocracy
Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

The River- The River CD 2013

I’m gonna walk down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
I’m gonna walk down to the river shed my dirty clothes there
Stand by the river
Let my trick be bare

I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
I’m gonna look into the river see myself look back there
know my reflection
let my conscience be my mirror

I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
I’m gonna step into the river wash my wasted youth there
toss out my tokens
clean this liars lair

I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
I’m gonna stay down by the river keep my restless soul there
stare at the sun
let my trick beware

I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
I’m gonna lay down by the river close my weary eyes there
cry for forgiveness
share what I can share

You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
You gotta go down to the river shed your dirty clothes there
stand by the river
let your tricks be bare

I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
I’m gonna lead you to the river show the way I came there
Take away your sorrow
Keep your mind aware (keep your soul aware)
Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.

I am entering a new era of jazz and standards….but folk music is not to be forgotten

I have loved every minute of playing and writing folk music and recreating traditional songs and I will still play these songs if requested, but I have entered a new musical era that I really cannot see turning back from. Once bitten by the jazz bug, it becomes an obsession. You want to know who wrote what song and what year it was written and in what movie it was sung and then of course you have to go on You Tube and hear every version of the song so that you can create your own version or sing it as closely as you can to one of your favorite performers. It’s always best to be yourself, but certainly it is okay to be influenced.

I think I shied away from jazz and standards until now because the chords are more difficult and the singing requires more precision, versatility and creativity. Just listen to Ella to know what I am talking about. Basically, you gotta have guts! I have the fullest intentions to put down the guitar more and just sing most of the night and play on a few songs, but first I have to learn all of these songs on the guitar myself. I have finally taken my “new” Gibson electric guitar out of the case after purchasing it two years ago and I am playing it. My son Johnny bought me a new electric guitar chord and that started it all.

It was a long time coming for me. I grew up listening to Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Edith Piaf–the little sparrow with the big voice from France. I listened to classical music as well, Beethoven being my favorite when I am in an aggressive mood and Chopin and Rachmaninoff when I am feeling soft and gentle and romantic. I learned from Piaf to express and to regret nothing while singing! Listen to “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien”. I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing the master of phrasing, Frank Sinatra, with my mother, at the Concord Pavillion. Frank was 75 years old and his voice was superb! He sounded like the record. No autotune! I also have seen Tony Bennett who I felt was singing just to me in the big hall in San Francisco. I never saw a guy smile so much while he sings. He taught me to smile more. I saw Liza Minelli three times! (once at Carnegie Hall with the great French singer Charles Aznevour!). These are the singers that I admire! Recently I have discovered, after much prodding by friends and family, great singers such as Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day (who I believe influenced Amy Winehouse..rest her sweet soul) Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney. There’s also Melody Gardot alive and singing as well as Diana Krall! The songs they sing are from the Golden Era of Swing and Big Bands songs that will be listened to 300 years from now I believe much like classical music. Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and more. My Norwegian grandfather, Magna Nygard,played in the swing bands and jozz combos. He played the upright bass, banjo, and Gibson guitars in the Northeast and Ohio from the 30’s to the 80’s. I get it from him. My father who emigrated from France sang in a Black Gospel Choir in the U.S. Army. My mother sang her whole life at home and in the local church choir and taught me about diction,vowels, phrasing and breath control. I had a very good teacher here in Sacramento, Sana Christian, who still teaches and Claudia Newberry in San Francisco. I mostly just listen to my favorite singers and listen to what they are doing. I cannot even come close to the improvisational genius of Sarah Vaughan or Ella, but I am pretty good at imitating what they have already created. I want to do the creating. That is what excites me about jazz. What can I bring to the table?

I try to always tell a story while singing. That is what Liza Minelli taught me. And to be yourself! She had to distinguish herself from her famous mother by over singing the notes. She’s fantastic! I am always learning and jazz can never be completely learned. The masters of jazz are learning every time they step on stage. I want to keep this music alive. I want to write love songs, songs about broken hearts, funny songs and also passionate songs about socially conscious issues and set them swinging to a jazz beat. If I listen enough maybe I can write something good like the master musicians and lyricists of the Golden Era. There’s some great songs still being written and I want to be part of that. Burt Bacharach comes to mind. The music was still soft and loving up to the mid 70’s.

I still love folk music and love the masters of folk music..Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell,Kate Wolf and many others. Perhaps I’ll take some of their songs and set them to a swinging beat. I have learned the great Americana ballad”Brother Can You Spare a Dime” , a song my grandfather used to perform. It is quite timely. There is even a Bossa Nova version of the song by Judy Collins.

You can find me singing at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly jazz events, local wineries and restaurants and in Europe. France loves jazz and I plan to spend a lot of time there with my relatives after I retire from teaching in 7 years. When I am 60 I will be in full swing and ready to go anywhere I can sing jazz and standards. I intend to go as far as I can go. Maybe my name will be on a billboard one day along with Michael Buble playing in Reno, or Tahoe or Vegas. I will go where there is a listening audience! Dreams are as big as you let them be. Recently, I performed at the Heritage Oaks Winery in Acampo,CA (www.heritgeaoakswinery.com )and for two hours they all just listened while they ate their cheese and bread and cakes and sipped great wines made by Tom Hoffman. No one talked or played on their cell phones or watched a game on the tv or shouted over us to their table mates. I thanked them. During the break, people expressed gratitude and were very complementary. I am always trying to do better and I am always humble!I loved it although it was completely unnerving. I had their total attention…a little too much! I look forward to more shows like that where I can create a relationship with my audience and tell stories through song and banter and give my best shot at singing songs sung by the very best.

So here’s to jazz and all who struggle to bring it back and keep it alive! Here’s to Harley White Jr. and his orchestra, Rick Marcroft (performing at Luna’s this Monday night) Shelly Burns, Todd Morgan and the Emblems, Les Haber, Vivian Lee, Beth Duncan and Ken Teel and many others in Sacramento. Here’s to making it a dominant presence once again in Sacramento, in California, and in the United States. I hope my Social Studies students that I teach at Capital City School will take the time to look up and listen to Ella, Sammy, Sinatra, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Edith Piaf and Peggy Lee whose pictures I have put on my office walls. I think music was intended to be melodic and beautiful and make you feel good. My good friend and fellow Jazz musician Ken Teel is very excited that I have made the “evolutionary jump” as he calls it. Ken started in rock bands (no offense to rock musicians! My boyfriend and drummer Fred Nelson Jr. was the original drummer in Oleander) I still love Led Zepplin! A lot of jazz and blues in that band! Melissa Collard, an excellent jazz musician and singer-songwriter and teacher of jazz music here in Sacramento made the same leap years ago from folk to jazz. I still like folk very much and it serves a very important purpose. It is simple, and accessible so that everyone can sing and play it. Try Kate Wolf songs! It is perhaps the most historically educational music we have and tells about our history and the history of the world. Perhaps I will find a way to merge the two like the great Holly Near has done.

Peace and blessings and Blessed Be! I thank God/Goddess for the ability and continued interest to make music and share it. I spend about a year in reflection and transition wondering where I was going. I am so very grateful for all of you out there who take the time to listen and come to my shows and anyone’s shows and buying our music so we can create more. Music feeds our souls. If I had no one to sing to I think I would, as Frank Sinatra puts it so eloquently,just roll up and die. So I thank you for being there. If it wasn’t for my love of music I would still be out riding horses that I miss so much! Truly yours, Jenn Rogar born Jennifer Andree Rogar

Jenn Rogar guests on Soapbox! Channel 17 Access Cable Televison Sacramento

I am looking forward to once again being a guest on Soapbox Sacramento, on Comcast Channel 17, with host James Israel of the Humor Times, a great political satire magazine. We’ll be discussing the crucial issues of today affecting Sacramento and the world: homelessness and the ‪#‎rightorest‬, everyone’s right to have access to a public bathroom, police brutality and ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬, the school to prison pipeline, education and my experiences as a teacher, the fight for clean water,and organic food, the fight against GMO’s and Nestle and Crystal Geyser Water, standing up for local business against the corporate giants, and whatever issues we can squeeze into a half hour! Like Bernie Sanders says, it’s time for a political revolution!

Here is the interview on Youtube. It airs on Sacramento Access TV (Comcast 17) on Monday, Feb. 15, on Access, at 8pm. It will also air Tuesday at noon and Wednesday at 4am (for all you night owls/early risers):

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