Friday, July 10 7-9PM
Summer Sunset Jazz at the Gallery // Vocalist Jenna Mammina
Join us for an evening with famed jazz/pop singer Jenna Mammina.
Mammina covers a wide range of music, including Abbey Lincoln (her mentor), Steely Dan, U2 and Elvis Costello, as well as performing original compositions. She lends a fresh perspective on well-known tunes with her sweet, light voice and nuanced phrasings.
A picture may paint a thousand words, but a word can tell the whole story. “Exquisite!” says author/radio host Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone Magazine. He’s talking about pop/jazz vocalist/songwriter Jenna Mammina and he is not alone. Hailing from Michigan, home to luminary vocal legends like Aretha Franklin, Betty Carter, and her mentor, Abbey Lincoln, Jenna’s mixed heritage household and neighborhood surrounded her with a vast array of diverse culture and music.
Recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover for three years in a row by Jazziz Magazine, she recently shared the honor of both the cover and an original song “A Love that Lasts”, included alongside Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Jenna’s live performances capture her audiences and hold them like butterflies in the palm of her hand. “Jenna could sing a page from the phone book and make it sound like her own private piece of the sky,” writes Grapevine Culture critic Kimberlye Gold.
Jenna has an uncanny ability to wrap herself around a melody, drawing the listener in so closely he can hear his own heartbeat while trying to catch his breath. Whether it be a rendition of a classic jazz standard like “My One and Only Love,” a well-known pop tune like “Watching The Detectives” or one of her own compositions, “I Found You”, she makes every song hers. “She doesn’t just cover Warren Zevon, Elvis Costello and James Taylor, she reupholsters them,” says Hew Hallock.
Joining Jenna is seven string guitarist and composer, Robin Lewis. Robin has performed with Maria Marquez, Daria, Jennifer Lee, Stephanie Bruce and many other notable vocalists and musicians in the Bay Area and beyond. His styles include: Jazz, Brazilian and Blues.
Attendance limited to ticket holding guests.
Suggested donation: $10-20 per ticket (scroll down or visit summersunsetjazz.eventbrite.com to reserve tickets)
Jenna will be selling CDs and will mingle afterwards.
Wine and soft drinks will be served.
Jenna Mammina - The More I See You
7 string guitarist Robin Lewis is featured in this video
(2007 Mendocino College Artist in Residence concert)
Jenna Mammina - When I'm Called Home
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