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Composer, bandleader and Seattle native Jenny Davis is a critically acclaimed
jazz vocalist, music educator, and passionate human rights proponent. Refusing
to conform to more vocal jazz idioms, Davis began composing her own material,
hiring instrumentalists, and taking her ideas onto the bandstand. With a desire to
focus more on writing, she was led to graduate school, and to alliances with
arrangers, producers and co-founders of her cooperative record label, Three
Pushed to the creative edge, her fourth album as leader, and latest release,
REARRANGED, is inspired by a devotion to gender rights advocacy. It is an
album in which the art of composition takes center stage, as all but three works
featured here have been crafted by Davis. Attracting collaboration from both jazz
and cross-genre arrangers , the album features an all-star cast, of seventeen
world-class musicians, including: multi-Grammy© nominated pianist, Jovino
Santos Neto, Dmitri Matheny; Mark Taylor, Kate Olson, Cynthia Mullis, Jim
Dejoie, Heather Bentley, David Lange, Chuck Deardorf, Jeff Busch, Lorrie Ruiz,
Vanessa Littrell and NYC Sirius String Quartet.
Jenny’s tour schedule has included both national and international destinations
— most recently performing to sold out audiences in Lyon, France, with the
David Bressat Trio. Jenny holds an MFA in Music Composition from Vermont
College of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Cornish
College of the Arts. She currently lectures at various Pacific NW colleges and
schools and is on music faculty at Island Music Guild, Bainbridge Island, WA.
“Passionate…brilliant! EARSHOT JAZZ
“A talented singer-composer – knocking it out of the park!” ROOTS MUSIC REPORT
“With REARRANGED, Davis has catapulted her career out of the jazz standards vocalist idiom
and conveyed a depth of writing with profundity.” CONTEMPORARY FUSION
“Her voice resonates with a crystalline serenity—hauntingly beautiful” EARSHOT JAZZ
“Wise Up” is an instrumental wonder!” CONTEMPORARY FUSION
“An impressive vocalist… equally captivating as a composer.” THE SENTINEL & RURAL TIMES
"Like any good jazz musician Jenny uses her voice as an instrument… the kind of singer that
gets deep into the songs and makes you feel the lyrics.” JAZZ TIMES
I started the Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto right after I arrived in Seattle in 1993, as a vehicle to develop my original voice as a composer, arranger and musician. My goal was to join traditional Brazilian rhythms with a contemporary harmonic language and a strong focus on improvisation. Since then, I have written over 150 pieces for the ensemble, which became a Quintet in 2000. The core rhythm section of myself on piano and flute, Chuck Deardorf on bass and Mark Ivester on drums have remained together since the start. Jeff Busch on percussion and Ben Thomas on vibraphone joined us at different times. Over the years, the group has evolved a unique sound built upon solid grooves, world-class musicianship and interactive cohesion. In 1997 Liquid City Records released "Caboclo", our first CD. It was followed by "Live in Olympia" in 2000. In 2003 we were awarded a CMA New Works: Creation and Presentation Award for jazz composition. The commissioned music was recorded in the CD "Canto do Rio", which was nominated for the 2004 Latin Grammys as Best Latin Jazz Album. Since then, I have had 2 other CDs nominated for Latin Grammy Awards, "Roda Carioca" in 2006 and "Live at Caramoor" in 2009. In 2011 Adventure Music released another JSN Quinteto CD "Current", featuring a new set of my compositions and arrangements. In 2012 and 2015 we received the Seattle Golden Ear Award as Best Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the year. In 2018 we released Por Causa de Você”, a a live recording tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim. The Quinteto, still with most of its original members, rehearses constantly, exploring deeper ways to engage in creative interpretations of our Brazilian-tinged music while allowing for greater individual explorations within the collective language of groove and improvisation.
Sugartime Trio is a dynamic female vocal jazz/pop trio that uses tightly synchronized solid swing 3-part harmony, covering tunes from the 1930's to present day. They cover groups like The Andrew Sisters and The McGuire Sisters as well as present day hits like, “Son of a Preacher Man", and “All About That Bass”.
Caitlin Frances, Kim Maguire and Meg McLynn are seasoned theatrical professionals with a truly rare vocal blend and immaculate timing. Their arrangements highlight a dynamite combination of vocal colors and personalities, showcasing 3-part swing, as well as breathtaking ballads.
Sugartime features a deeply “in the groove” rhythm section with Hans Brehmer at the keys, Phil Demaree on bass and Brian Kirk on drums.