From: IL, United States
JEANNIE TANNER, Chicago Entertainer
“…Her singing is as lyrical as her trumpet playing, but more subtle and delicately nuanced. The silvery quality of her vocal tone, the pliancy of her rhythms and the originality of her compositions attest to her depth as a jazz musician…” Howard Reich, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Jeannie Tanner is an award winning composer, vocalist and trumpeter who performs and records her original music - jazz-pop: a mix of jazz, pop, R&B and Latin rhythms - with her band, the Jeannie Tanner Quartet. Her music has been used for many TV/film projects, including Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert (PBS), Days of Our Lives, and indie feature films such as Reconstellation, an entrance at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Ms. Tanner’s c.d.s PROMISE ME THE MOON (Tanner Time Records - December, 2008) and TANNER TIME (Tanner Time Records, 2007) were both on the nominating list for Grammy consideration in nine categories, including Best Traditional Pop Album (ala the Great American Songbook).
"PROMISE ME THE MOON has got to be one of Jeannie's best recordings to date--It swings from start to finish. And I'm so impressed with her songwriting. She writes new songs that come off, at first listen, like standards--like songs we've known and sung along with for years and years. The title track is my favorite, followed by the European remix of "C'est Bon, C'est Bon." And, Jeannie was dynamite on ABC!" -Rick O’Dell, WLFM/87.7 Chicago's Smooth Jazz midday DJ & Program Director
“…Strong melodies and catchy lyrics are what many of today’s composers struggle to create. Tanner makes it sound easy throughout the c.d. The first tune on the recording is the title track, “Promise Me the Moon.” The first time listening it sounds like a nice medium tempo tune with some interesting lyrics, however after playing it a few more times I found myself singing the tune the rest of the day…”
-Mike Jeffers, Editor (Chicago Jazz Magazine)
A LITTLE BIT OF CHRISTMAS was Tanner’s limited holiday release in December 2009, and all of the thirteen tracks have been signed for upcoming television and film projects. This was her first Christmas recording.
New C.D. – YOU CAN KISS ME INTO ANYTHING is Tanner’s seventh solo release (and fourth in the last three years). It is a c.d. filled with upbeat blues, Latin rhythms and traditional jazz echoes. It was released Valentine’s Weekend, 2010 at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago and sold out both nights. Seven of the nine tracks have also been signed for upcoming film and tv projects.
The variety of tunes on this new c.d. showcase Tanner’s breadth and talent as a songwriter and musician. Tanner’s distinguishing feat as a composer lies in her ability to fuse the spontaneity of old school jazz with memorable lyrics and musical hooks that give her music broad appeal. YOU CAN KISS ME INTO ANYTHING features genuinely inspired work by her quartet: Lisa McQueen, piano; Cory Biggerstaff, bass; and Darlene DuFay on drums.
The Jeannie Tanner Quartet brought down the house at the 2010 Taste of Chicago, headlining on the Best Buy Stage. The JTQ recently performed on WGN and ABC in Chicago (December, 2009); and the quartet played to a sold out crowd at the release party for PROMISE ME THE MOON in December (2008) at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago. Ms. Tanner has performed the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs, White Sox and Bulls. She has opened for Kurt Elling (at the Park West) and Tony Orlando (Pheasant Run Resort); and shared the stage with Joan Cusack, Studs Terkel and a host of other beloved Chicagoans.
Ms. Tanner has performed and recorded with drummer Matt Walker (Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan & Garbage); bassist Brett Simons (Mighty Blue Kings & Jennifer Love Hewitt); pianist Ryan Cohan (arranger for the Chicago Symphony Jazz Ensemble and Ramsey Lewis); multi-instrumentalist & composer Scott Bennett (Brian Wilson’s Band) bassist Jim Cammack (Ahmad Jamal & Nancy Wilson); and bassist Clark Sommers (Mighty Blue Kings and Dan Cray Trio).