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Our goal is to give you a joyful musical  experience so you go home happy and relaxed. We're not just about jazz tunes and improvisation but storytelling in song...

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As we continue to shelter in place, I hope you are safe, healthy and able to cope with the possibility that this will not go away overnight.

What has been your greatest challenge while staying home? We are all in this together, so please write me a note to say “Hi” and let me know how you are doing. The least we can do is give each other a little cheer. joan@joanwatsonjones.com


Easy Crab Cakes


Here’s another recipe. I’ve fallen back into my Mom’s teaching by cooking from scratch.


Ingredients

· 2 1⁄2 cups finely crushed corn flakes

· 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise

· 1 tablespoon spicy Dijon mustard

· 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

· 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

· 1 egg yolk

· 1 lb fresh crabmeat

· 2 tablespoons soft butter

Directions

  1. Spread crushed cornflakes in a shallow baking pan.

  2. Whisk mayonnaise, mustard, seasoning, cayenne and egg yolk.

  3. Add crab meat.

  4. S& p to taste.

  5. Divide crab cake mixture into 10 equal piles and form slightly flattened cakes.

  6. Turn cakes over in crushed corn flakes until covered.

  7. Cover pan w/ plastic, transfer cakes to pan and cover with more plastic wrap.

  8. Chill 2-4 hours.

  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  10. Transfer crab cakes to a large greased baking sheet.

  11. Put about 1/2 teaspoon butter on each crab cake.

  12. Bake around 15 minutes.

  13. Cakes should be golden brown

Website Changes

This time at home has given me a chance to work on my webmaster skills and make important changes to the website so that when our CD "Choices" is released things are in place.

You may now listen to clips from "Choices" and the other three CD's are now available for purchase and download from the site. You may download one song or the whole CD. 

Here's the link to the updated Music page. Please check it out at joanwatsonjones.com/music



Another Pre-Release Review


Holly Cooper sent me this review from Dick Metcalf Editor of Contemporary Fusion Reviews.

Ultra cool original jazz stories Joan Watson-Jones – Choices

Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Ultra cool original jazz stories Joan Watson-Jones – CHOICES


Jazz vocalist Joan Watson-Jones is a new listen for me; on this album full of ultra cool original jazz stories, she is joined by pianist Frank Wilkins bassist Dave Zox and drummer Alvin Terry… though I didn’t find any performances from the current release, I recommend you watch this earlier video to get a real feel for Joan’s shimmering jazz style…

…be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Joan’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many other fine performances… I did.

Joan wrote “Martin” (no samples available yet; the album releases in May, 2020; I’ll come back and add those links in when I’m told it’s gone live), a song about Doctor King, after attending a rally with her dad in Harlem… soulfully performed, this tune will be a favorite with jazz DJ’s around the globe!


I particularly enjoyed Joan’s original “I Ain’t Just a Pretty Face”, which projects the full power of womanhood magnificently… if any song is “jazz” – this is IT, folks.

There’s a real “back-alley feel” to the 2:55 opener, “Topsy 2″… this is another tune I believe jazz DJ’s all across the globe will be spinning regularly over the coming months & years!


Of the eleven solid jazz vocals Joan offers up for our aural enjoyment, it was easy to choose my personal favorite… “A Glass of Wine” is a truly comforting tune with a laid-back and comforting groove.


I give Joan and her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this most enjoyable album. Get more information on Joan’s website. Rotcod Zzaj

#Ultra #cool #original #jazz #stories #Joan #Watson-Jones

That’s it for now. Stay healthy, safe and please stay in touch!

All the Best to You,

Joan

A Life on Hold


To think in a positive manner, life has given us all a chance to re-set and think about each other and how to look out for one another. I hope you are healthy and safe while sheltering at home.


In the last blog I talked about our upcoming CD Release Parties that were to happen in May and June. It looks as if we will have to wait until we have a healthier planet before we can return to live performances. I will stay in touch with any news on this front.


CD Release Still on Track


The CD release is still set May 1, 2020. Holly Cooper, who is handling the print PR for the project has sent me a pre-release review of "Choices" We're excited about the upcoming release but also realize that we have bigger challenges to face now.



Our First Review


JOAN WATSON-JONES/Choices:

Some stuff creeps up on you so organically, you just have to stop and collect your thoughts. A jazzbo vocalist that comes by her sense of soul naturally--her father was Martin Luther King's doctor and her mother danced in the real Moulin Rouge---the soul she brings to her jazz really does come from the soul. Not drama soul but elusive and spirited soul. A mainstream record that somehow sails way out of the ordinary, it helps to have up market tastes to enjoy this set but you'll be well rewarded in making the effort to come to it rather than making it come to you. The lady is no art chick. A solid tonic for jaded ears.

Chris Spector-Midwest Record


Website Update


I am working to post a new Music page on joanwatsonjones.com. You will have a sneak peek of each song from "Choices" as well as tracks from the other CDs. That link will be in the next week or so. I'll send out a notice when it's online.


Slow Cooked Collard Greens


One of the biggest challenges at staying home full time is what to cook for varied meals. I'm sure this is a problem for many of us. Here's a recipe that has worked well for me. Let me know if it works for you.


Cleaning and trimming 5 pounds of collard greens is the hardest part of this recipe-after that, it's easy. Sauté onions and garlic in a large pot, then add the greens. (It may seem odd to precook them, but wilting the collards is crucial to getting them to fit in the slow cooker.) Transfer everything to the slow cooker, along with ham hocks or smoked turkey drumsticks for meaty, smoky flavor, and walk away for 4 or even 6 hours. Come back to tender greens and some tasty potlikker to spoon over grits with shrimp or cornbread

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What to buy: Collard greens are often cooked with smoked ham hocks, but smoked turkey drumsticks are a great substitute and yield more meat than ham hocks.

Ingredients

2 pounds smoked ham hocks or smoked turkey drumsticks 5 pounds collard greens (about 6 bunches) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, medium dice 4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Instructions

1. Place the ham hocks or turkey drumsticks in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker; set aside. Using your hands, remove the collard leaves from the tough stems and discard the stems. Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces, then wash and dry them; set aside. Heat the oil in a large, wide-bottomed pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to high, add the broth or stock, stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Stir in the greens a handful at a time, adding more as they wilt, until they're all in the pot.


Podcast Page


CyberStationUsa.com now is only streaming my radio shows. My website is now linked directly to their site and you may listen to older shows at joanwatsonjones.com/podcast. Check it out it makes life so much easier digitally!


While we stay home to stay healthy, I hope you remain well and in good spirits. Music is a great healer!


All the Best to You,

Joan

Updated: Feb 29

February 27, 2020


"Choices" CD Release Parties


March in "The Jazz Room"


Well it's almost March and we are getting closer to the May 1st Release date for "Choices" There are TWO CD release parties scheduled now.


It was very exciting to receive the final copies of the manufactured CD's. It's hard waiting until May to release them. The people who are helping me with the release needed to have their CD's to do pre-release promotion. This has been and interesting journey so far and it's just getting started!



CD Release Parties


On Saturday , May 16th we'll be at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts from 7:30 to 10 PM Admission is $15.00 which includes a free CD and a Glass of Wine ( yes that's one of the songs on the CD" to help us toast New Beginnings. CCA will give you a chip for your glass of wine when you pay at the door or show you purchased tickets on their website. I'll have their link in the next Jazzy Blog.


For those of you who live in the Boston Area and either don't drive or can't we are having a second CD arty at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA on Saturday June 6th from 3-7PM. I'll send out more about this event as we get closer to the date.



March in "The Jazz Room" New Link to DQRM

This month in the 'Jazz Room", we interview two artists we met at APAP in New York City. What I love about doing this program that I'm able to introduce you to many artists of varied genres.

The first two weeks of March we feature our two part interview with Poet, Jessica Care Moore . After discovering that we had actually lived one block from each in NYC at one time,we talked about her poetry and her first CD adding music to tell her stories about people she's met in her time in Harlem and in Detroit. Learn more at

jessicacaremoore.com



The second two weeks of March we feature multi-faceted

Grammy -Winning artist, Martha Gonzalez.

A singer/musician/percussionst/ educator and community builder or as she would say Artrivista. In this two part interview we talk about her community work, her music, and Fandano and her band, Quetzal. Learn more about Martha Gonzalez at

www.marthagonzalez.net/quetzal/


You may listen to these shows now at

joanwatsonjones.com/the-jazz-room

CyberStationUsa.com now is only streaming my radio shows. You may always catch up with older shows on the Podcast Page of this site.


Spring and the CD release will be here before we know it.

"Time Passes"!


I hope to see you soon!!

All the Best to You,

Joan