LIVE: Jeanne O’Connor @ Jazz on Jay, 07/08/2021

SCHENECTADY — Jazz on Jay is held on Thursdays at noon with the patio of Johnny’s as a stage rain or shine. Although the sky looked ominous, the rain gods held off. Jazz chanteuse Jeanne O’Connor — accompanied by her trio — entertained the crowd that mostly took shelter under the patio of Joey’s with a tasty set of jazz standards, pop tunes and Latin rhythms.

The tone was set with a rain-related tune by Irving Berlin. This was followed by a blitz of tunes with a variety of show tunes, jazz standards with words written for them, and originals by local jazz artists. All music either swung like crazy or was fueled by a Brazilian beat.

Photo: Rudy Lu

Stanley Turrentine’s iconic recording “Sugar,” and Duke Jordan’s “Jordu,” were performed with lyrics. 1960s music such as the steamy ”Look of Love,” and Joni Mitchell’s ”Chelsea Morning,” were reimagined with Latin and swing themes. O’Connor reached into the jazz vocal encyclopedia for Dinah Washington’s “If I Had You.” Samba was represented by a childlike song about a duck, goose and swan along with the late Scott Bassinson’s humorous “Suburban Samba.”

Maybe the rain was held off by an offering of cheerful music. Thanks are due to Johnny’s for the use of your porch for the series!


  • Jeanne O’Connor – Vocals
  • Peg Delaney – Piano
  • Pete Toigo – Bass
  • Bob Halek – Drums

Photo Gallery by Rudy Lu

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