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12/28/2017

Jennifer Batten: Best of 2017 Coffeeshop Conversations / 58 minutes of the Batten volcano

By TOM D'ANTONI // Legendary guitarist sits still long enough to talk about her career, including Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, tapping, the road and everything else Batten.

We've taken a couple weeks off from new Coffeeshop Conversation Podcasts. Instead, I had the unenviable task of trying to choose two of the best of a spectacular year of them.

Last week we chose the Coffeeshop Conversation with Bobby Torres on performing Woodstock and his friendship with Joe Cocker. I know Bobby. We are always glad to see each other and talk. In contrast, I had never met Jennifer Batten until she walked into the Cupping Room at World Cup. Wow, just wow!

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Welcome back to World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan for this week’s OMN Coffeeshop Conversations.

You know, there are an awful lot of internationally known musicians who live in Oregon. They don’t necessarily work a lot here, they make their money all over the world and then come home to live here.

One of them is guitarist Jennifer Batten. She’s a lot more than a guitarist, although she did do three world tours playing with Michael Jackson and spent time playing with Jeff Beck and a lot of others. She’s also a film-maker, glass artist, and well, a lot of other things.

She’s known for her tapping technique on guitar and she’s pretty astounding with it.

I’ve met most of the people who come to the coffeeshop but I had never met her until now.

Let’s both meet Jennifer Batten:

 

Jennifer on PDX Spotlight:

 

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