Celebrating Women in Music
Felix Anderson/percussion, Kathleen Dolan/flute, Glendon Ingalls/bass, Mark Van-Gulden/keys, Gus Ziesing/horns, Jenni Johnson/band leader, vocalist.
The band leader and vocalist of The Jazz Junketeers, Jenni Johnson was born and raised in NYC. She has been referred to as a "Renaissance Woman" because of the many hats she wears. Majority of the music Jenni & The Jazz Junketeers will be performing this evening are from the four recordings she has produced.
Singing jazz, blues and funk has been a central part of Jenni's life since her teen days in New York City, where she was born and raised.In the 1970's, while working towards her Masters in Education, Jenni was involved in several musical productions at UVM, and sang in various settings, including local clubs, private parties, college campus events, receptions, fraternities and sororities.
The 1980's found Jenni completing graduate work and pursuing projects in Houston, Texas and Boston. Among these was a unique repertoire of song and music which included a work she titled "The Billie Holiday Story." Another project kept her busy in a Boston recording studio producing demo tapes for Star Search and the Coca-Cola Company.
Jenni Johnson has been described as "a renaissance woman" in the many articles written about her in the Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, Vermont Woman the Rutland Herald, as well as for newspapers across the lake in New York State. Born in NYCs Harlem Hospital and raised in the Big Apple, she now resides in Burlington, VT.
Her resume includes Supervisor of Physics and Counselor at Mass. Institute of Technology. Private counseling practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her dual appointment at the University of Vermont meant working as a counselor at the Counseling Center and instructor for the College of Education. Some of Jenni's community involvement over the years include: Commissioner of Parks & Recreation;(elected official) Ward Clerk; Board member Howard Mental Health; organizer of fund raisers for Alzheimer's Association, Katrina flood victims, Honduras flood victims, and other humanitarian causes.
Jenni now combines her formal education with her passion for teaching fitness, coaching vocal-performance and performing music. She has an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont with credits towards a Ph.D and is a certified Fitness Instructor.
Jenni says she's still learning how to use her instrument, the vocal chords, with each performance. She has performed the song "Moonlight In Vermont" around the world in places such as Yaroslavl and Rostov in Russia, Paris, France and Montreal, Canada. In addition, she has sharpened her musical skills with opportunities working with national jazz/blues musicians from New Orleans.
Jenni has become a regular presence around the State of Vermont. Her full, smooth voice offers an ideal format for the collection of American jazz classics, as well as, blues, swing and funk music. Your audience will be mesmerized by her unique style and versatile renditions. She'll have them smiling from their souls, while their feet dance happily to the beat. Jenni has three album cd's available. Check her website: jennijohnson.net for additional gig information and the release information of her new album the end of May 2013. Learn more
Bassist Glendon Ingalls is a multi instrumentalist and maintains an active performance schedule directing and playing with several groups on trumpet, double bass, electric bass and sousaphone in a wide variety of musical genres as well as freelance work.
During his performance career he has been privileged to perform with many acclaimed jazz, classical, and popular music artists including Jenni Johnson, The Vermont Jazz Ensemble, Joey Leone’s Chop Shop, The Vermont Philharmonic, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’ “Fanfare” Brass Trio, The Red Clover Jazz Trio, Fontella Bass, Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners, Jerry Bergonzi, Jon Faddis, Lester Bowie, Joshua Bruneau, Vinnie Cutro, Steve Davis, and Chris Vadala. He has performed internationally with Jenni Johnson in the Jazz over Volga River Festival in Yaroslavl Russia.
Gus is originally from Philadelphia PA. He started playing drums at the age of fourteen. While in high school, Gus was inspired by saxophonist and fellow Philadelphian John Coltrane and added saxophones to his repertoire. He now includes the tenor and soprano saxophones and the clarinet when performing. Gus has performed with the Nzones, Xrays, Gidget & Ghandi, Barbacoa, and others.
In the early 1990s, Gus became interested in Cajun and Zydeco music of southwest Louisiana. He’s one of the few, in the area, playing one row and/or three row accordions most extensively in his band, Mango Jam. Gus has opened for the Neville Brothers, NRBQ, C.J. Chenier, and others. He is the owner and operator of Low Tech Studio, a recording studio in Burlington. Gus not only plays his horns when performing with Jenni but also a few tunes playing accordion.
Originally from Rochester NY, Felix started playing violin at age 4 and later studying piano. In his teens he finally gravitated towards drums. His experiences in bands ranged from playing a variety of styles from punk to blues. Moving to Vermont, with is wife and children to work at IBM, Felix continues his drumming gigs. He has performed with bands including Ludovico Treatment, Big Hair, DirtBox5, The Camillians, The James O Halloran Band, Mailbox, New Nile Orchestra and has opened up for Primus and John Lee Hooker. Currently, in addition to playing with Jenni Johnson & The Jazz Junketeers, Felix plays with his group, Gumbo YaYa
Mark van Gulden
Mark is a professional freelance musician living in Barnard and working throughout the state and Northeast. His specialties are vibraphone and percussion. He studies at Berklee College of Music and holds a BFA in Music Performance and Composition from Johnson State College. He has worked in Vermont as a freelance musician for several decades and has performed in numerous concerts and club dates and has participated in many and varies recording projects. Mark is the director of music at Artistree Community Arts center.
Kathleen is an amateur freelance musician living in Barnard. She plays alto and concert flute both classically ad in a jazz/blues style. She has performed with local musical groups including the Artist-Trio, the pit band in musical productions, the Hartland Flute Chorale and with other duets and trios for various occasions. She is the Executive Director of Artistree Community Arts Center.
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