Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The “live” performance of Estelle with Brett Jolly)

I hope this works. This is the “actual live” performance of Estelle with Brett Jolly playing bass guitar for her (I am the one with the big red guitar on “her” left…viewer right), This was found by my son so there may be some shakes and some crowd blockage from people standing up. I apologize but hope you can get the most of this video. Thank you and my picture with Bon Jovi should be coming tomorrow. As always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Just click on the blue part of this code that says “”>

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“An evening with Bon Jovi… the Follow Up”)

“An evening with Bon Jovi… the Follow Up…” Last night was a great night for music in Philadelphia, and it was my honor to be a part of it. The Kimmel Center is one of the best performance venues for acoustics around, so the sound came through great. We were there ahead of time for sound check, and going over the songs for Grammy award winning artist Estelle. When she came in, she had on shades, a hat and very warm attire (because it was awfully cold in Philly last night). She didn’t smile at first. She came onstage and almost acted as though we weren’t there. Then after we played her song “American Boy” and she sang to it, a great big “smile” came over her face. She warmed up immediately after that, and told us how much she loved the band. We would not see Bon Jovi until later on that night, but the great atmosphere had already been established. The main event was when we had to play “Living on a Prayer,” one of the top songs that Bon Jovi had recorded. The song was received really well that night (even though  Bon  Jovi didn’t sing it, Estelle did). After the show was over, Jovi was backstage with a boatload of photographers  and people looking to interview him. As I walked up to the crowd he “immediately” pointed to me, stopped talking to them and came over with his hand raised for a high handshake and a huge smile on his face. He said “I just had to tell   you that you were  amazing tonight. I loved what you did. I thanked  him while all the photographers took pictures. Then my brother Bill Jolly and I took pictures with him, and as soon as I can find the people who took those pictures I hope to post them. Bon Jovi then confided to me that his vocal range was not what it used to be. He said that he could hit those high notes in his song years back but it is not the same now. I told him that time does that to all singers but his legacy will always remain untainted. He smiled and let out a silent “Thank you” and then we took even “more” pictures together. It was an awesome atmosphere for music, and even though I have experienced “many” gigs just like this it still warmed my heart to be a part of this magical event. Stay tuned for the pictures (If I can ever find the people who took them). I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, I wish the very best that life has to offer you today.


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Grammy Award winning Artist Estelle (in background with hat and shades) and Brett Jolly at soundcheck

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Tonight… an evening with Bon Jovi”)

“An evening with Bon Jovi…” Tonight at the Kimmel Center here in Philadelphia I have the distinct pleasure to perform for the “Marian Anderson Awards.” This is a very special function that promotes the accomplishments of big name starts who also “give back to the community.” This year’s featured recipient is the legendary Bon Jovi. For those who would like to know more about this event, just click (or cut and paste into your browser) the link below:

So let’s see… I have rehearsals with the actual artists today at 1:00  and then the show will be later tonight. Also featured this evening will be Grammy award winning artist Estelle (“American Boy”) and the All American Rejects-acoustic, with comedienne Wanda Sykes as the emcee. To be  honest, I never was much of a Bon Jovi fan, but for this show I managed to look him up and I must admit he has great skills. Of course, the song that we will be doing, “Living on a Prayer” had to be “lowered” a half step because the vocal range on the original track is “extremely high.” We will  have fun doing  this show and I hope to provide more details of the show tomorrow. Right now I “still” don’t know the full story of what we are supposed to do, but whatever it is, I will be “ready” for “anything.” If anyone reading this will happen to be in the Philadelphia area tonight and has money to spare for tickets, you are more than welcome to attend this event. Thank you and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Just Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “A Very Special Night of Music”)

A “very special night…” Last night I had the honor of playing for the Marian Anderson Awards, named after a great operatic singer who actually originated from Philadelphia. Last night’s honoree was Berry Gordy, the founder and overseer of Motown records. Featured guests included Cody Wise, Boyz II Men, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Governor Ed Rendell, Smokey Robinson and Kool and the Gang. The event was hosted by comedian Chris Tucker. It was a very well attended event and it was great to just hang with stars and celebrities. At one point we were backstage we talking about music with the members of Kool and the Gang. Kool (who is a bass player) came up to me and asked “Is that a five string you have?” I told him “No, I actually play a six string bass.” He asked if he could hold it and people started taking pictures of us. Onstage, Chris Tucker was his funny self (He has been known to have bankruptcy issues) so onstage he asked us to perform a blues type song entitled “I want some money.” Well, it was impromptu, but it was so funny. He made up his own lyrics to the song and the audience loved it. The highlight of the evening was when Berry Gordy himself got up to the podium and spoke. Since I was backstage, I couldn’t hear most of what he was saying, but we all took note of how “vertically challenged” he was (In other words, he is kind of “short).” This gala was not a very long event, but it went a lot longer than it should have. Smokey Robinson gave a rather “lengthy” introduction of his “best friend” Berry Gordy and even sang a few snippets along the way. In the finale, everybody got up onstage to sing “My girl” by the Temptations (One of Motown’s biggest hits). Needless to say, the evening was fun, and I just wanted to share my experience with you all today. From time to time I play great events like this. Due to the recession, gigs like this don’t happen as frequently as they used to, but that doesn’t detract from the fun we had. It was an honor to play for this event, and I hope you don’t mind me posting my story today. Thank you and have a great day.

Cody Wise, Comedian Chris Tucker and the members of Kool and the Gang in concert with Brett Jolly



Tonight I have the honor of playing for a special function entitled the “Marian Anderson Awards.” These awards honor a different celebrity of excellence each year in Philadelphia, and this year’s honoree is none other than Berry Gordy, founder of Motown records. He is responsible for the Motown sound and was instrumental in the success of the Temptations, Supremes, The Jackson Five, Junior Walker, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie and many, many more. Tonight’s program will be emceed by Chris Tucker, famous comedian and actor. Also on the program will be Boyz II Men, Kool and the Gang, Corey Wise, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Smokey Robinson. This event will be held at the Kimmel Center here in Philadelphia and while the program will not be a long one, it will still be a very special night in music. Of course, the honoree will have the featured spotlight to speak, and it will be interesting to hear what Mr. Gordy has to say. His success with Motown was monumental, and even though most of his famous artists have left the label no one can deny the greatness of the music it produced. Of course, I will reflect more on this tomorrow and let you know the special points of tonight’s program. Today’s Daily Thought will not be a long one because I have to prepare today for sound check and practice. Since I cannot play and take pictures at the same time, I am hoping that someone will be there to take pictures of the event for me so that I can show you later on. It should be a really fun event and if you would like to know more about it, just Google the Marian Anderson Awards and you should be able to find out more in detail. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you and I wish you a marvelous and awesome day.

Singer Chuck Jackson (“Any day now”) and Brett Jolly


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thoughts (Preparing to play for the Marian Anderson Awards)