Long before Aretha, Tina, Janet and Beyoncé, jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Etta James and Sarah Vaughan defined a genre, setting the stage for today’s pop princesses and R&B divas alike.
On Saturday, Feb. 15th, you can take a trip back in time and experience the trailblazing legacy of these iconic artists when celebrated New York City songstress Annette St. John and her sensational quintet honor the profound legacy of black women in Jazz at Madame Jenny’s.
Born and raised in Harlem, N.Y., Annette takes the mic and captivates. Subtle shades of Sarah. A hint of Ella. But with a style and sparkle that’s uniquely her own. Growing up in an artistic family, Annette was influenced early on by the legendary likes of Dakota Staton, Lena Horne, Billie Holliday and all the other great female vocalists of the time.
Devoted to keeping the rich, musical traditions of Harlem alive, Annette’s own career took off on her neighborhood’s legendary stages including The Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, as well as NYC’s famed Blue Note and Village Vanguard. She has toured in the U.S. and Japan, and worked with numerous legends of song, including Della Griffin, Lonnie Youngblood, Irene Reed, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Doc Pitman and the late, great Etta James. Her repertoire includes jazz standards, ballads and blues, ranging from the 1930’s to the present. She’s backed by her talented assemblage of first-rate musicians on piano, bass, guitar, drums and sax.
Don’t miss this one-night-only-event recognizing and paying tribute to the achievements and significance of Black Women in Jazz, proudly presented by Madame Jenny’s in conjunction with the Black Scranton Project.
Welcome to Madame Jenny’s, where you can step back in time and visit Scranton during the Roaring 20’s, where booze flowed freely despite Prohibition and brothels flourished in what was known as the city’s Red Light District. Remotely tucked away in a hidden back room of the historic Bittenbender Building, 126 Franklin Avenue, you can enter the secret location of Scranton’s premiere, upscale speakeasy. A century ago, Madame Jenny’s is where the socially prominent and wealthiest citizens once indulged in all forms of forbidden fruit.
If you manage to make it inside, settle into Madame Jenny’s lavish splendor. Sip classic cocktails. Nosh on gourmet vittles. Sit back and enjoy entertainment offerings that harken back to the city’s celebrated mantra: “If you can make it in Scranton, you can make it anywhere.”
Long before Scranton became the “Electric City,” it was known as “The Wickedest City in the East” thanks to its bootleggers and brothels. Madame Jenny’s pays homage to this forgotten era all while offering top-notch drinks, fancy foodstuffs, and outstanding theatrical performances in an upscale, elegant setting.
If you can find your way here, we’re quite positive you’ll deem Madame Jenny’s the Bee’s Knees. Happy hunting and we look forward to serving you. Cheers!