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Studio recordings include the following musicians:; ; Jennifer Tracy Kessler~HALF PINT-Vocals; Charles Eller#-Piano; Paul Asbell#-Guitar; Tony Markellis#-Bass; Luke Adler#-Drums; Alex Toth*-Trumpet; George Voland**-Valve Trombone; Bob MacKenzie***-Harmonica; Geoffrey Kim****-Guitar; Bryan McNamara-Alto Sax; Michael Zsoldos-Tenor Sax; Chris Diasparra-Baritone Sax; John Rivers-Upright Bass; ; #=The Unknown Blues Band; *=Alex Toth and The Lazybirds; **=Pint Street Jazz; ***=Harmonica Bob and The Fat Cats; ****=Guagua; ; Live performance recordings include the following musicians:; ; The Con Alma Trio; Jeff Holmes, Piano; Genevieve Rose, Bass; Mark Holovnia, Drums; ; The Bezanson Trio; Andy Jaffe, Piano; Jimmy Burgof, Bass; Gregory Caputo, Drums; ; 2008 Line-up, HALF PINT and The Chaser's; Half Pint, Vocals; Bob Mackenzie, Harmonica; Bill Darrow, Guitar; Tom Buckley, Bass ; Jason Corbiere, Drums; "Sit-in" Dennis Willmont, Guitar;
About the ArtistThanks 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
Stage size does not matter.
I supply a wireless mic.
I supply a mic stand, vocal monitor and PA system suitable for indoor use (if needed).
The band supplies a bass amp, a guitar amp and a 4 piece drum kit (if needed).
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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...
New Sound Magazine
by HALF PINT" featured artist full-length interview, March '08. New Sound Magazine: So, why do people call you Half-Pint? Half Pint: I noticed several Blues artists of the past have nicknames, and I...
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...
The Best Press, Part 1, my Musician FANS
by Jazz In July '07, Amherst, Mass Performance Reviews 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...
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." Donald, Missouri Always lovin You HP." Blues Budda, NY Hello there my...
The Best Press, Part 2, my Musician FANS
by George Voland JAZZ- George Voland... 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...