Happy International Jazz Day

Here at Zenzalai Music, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and your loved ones.

I trust that you are safe and well. We are in trying times and have yet to know how we’ll land. What we can expect is a new perspective bought on by these current circumstances. My personal hope is that we gain a perspective (and behaviors) reflecting that we are better together as humans, gain intercultural competencies, a respect for our environments, physical, mental and spiritual

Here is the news for April, Jazz Appreciation Month!

With Music, Lenora


So, here’s the news!

The record we made with your support, For the Love of Big Band, is Chartbound on the JazzWeek charts (the most important jazz chart in the industry). What that means is that amidst the fierce competition among hundreds of new music releases a week, we’re up there with the big names in our category. We couldn’t be prouder! Thank you for helping us to get there! It has been really tough for a lot of people amidst the realities of a global pandemic pressing on all of us. We're having to worry about surviving and staying well amidst our loved ones getting sick and/or passing away. It is any wonder how the radio programmers manage to focus their minds to open an envelope and play new music they've been receiving. Somehow our CD pushed through the noise (with the help of a great promotion and marketing team in Carolyn McClair, Thembisa Mshaka, Mike Hurzon and Evvery Harvey Smith!) It seems that in all of this, the arts are being used as a healing and coping agent. Not at all surprised by that. WE ARE GRATEFUL! 

We continue to press forward with our marketing to serve those of you who supported the work. Who knew that the world we be thrown upside down!? Thanks again to those of you who have posted on your social media and helped to spread the word about the release.

I'm reaching out to ask for your assistance in this leg of the marketing: 

If you are as excited about the release as we are, would you consider leaving us a review on one of the music sites? We need reviews on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and/or YouTube of happy listeners! Would you please go to on one of these platforms and leave a review there for us? (Presumably a favorable one!) It would be a big help!  You can listen/stream/download here: https://lenorazenzalaihelm.hearnow.com

You might be saying, “what do I say?” perhaps say something about the songs, the band, make recommendations about your preferred song. Your words help a potential buyer make a decision, especially if they are a new listener. You would be supporting not only my work, but the 40 individuals who were included in this project (yes, 40!).

What’s in it for you? A free download of the album to give a friend, (and a copy of the not yet released single of two songs NOT on the album). Just inbox me at [email protected] with a screenshot from your phone of proof of submission of your review, and I will email you the download link.

The links to the different platforms are below:

PLEASE leave a review at your favorite outlet (Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify) from this link: https://lenorazenzalaihelm.hearnow.com

or on  Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085464B91?ie=UTF8&tag=jazzweek-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B085464B91/jazzweek-20

Here is the link of the entire album on its own YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_m0nQockwl8hi7LxfReRtVClyVrtfPIFFA

We live in such a world of streaming and downloads, physical copies seem hard to find. It actually is BETTER for us for you to buy the physical copies directly from our Shopify store if you want  copies for friends. If you want to buy a physical copy of the CD, or other merchandise, go to www.ZenzalaiMusic.com

That’s it for now! Enjoy your weekend, stay safe and maintain a positive outlook!

Until next time, Keep Swingin’

With Music,


p.s. Check out the amazing jazz women in Tribe Jazz Orchestra™


l to r: Bassist Ginnae Koon; Pianist Lydia Salett Dudley; Lenora; Trombonist, Tenay Harrell; Tenor Saxophonist Ariel Kopelove; Trumpeter, Zoe Smith; Baritone Saxophonist Shaena Ryan Martin