2013—Day 195—Jennifer Batten

Wow! Jennifer Batten appeared on the Famous Mo’s stage last night with a phenomenal multimedia presentation and wicked guitar licks like you have never experienced. Jennifer kicked off her west coast instrumental multimedia extravaganza with fellow guitarist Jesse Solomon. The WOW! factor was front and center. Jennifer’s guitar rendition of ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ would have made Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov take notice. When she played it, I was awestruck. This is a piano piece I have never managed to play more than a few notes of, although I once mastered “Bumble Boogie,” a boogie boogie version by Jack Fina that remains one of my favorite piano challenges. Jennifer played with Michael Jackson on several of his world tours and was featured on stage when he appeared at Superbowl halftime some years back. She was slated to go on tour with him at the time of his untimely death.

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