Biography

“If you’re going to sing with just guitar & bass behind you, you’d better have a pure voice and laser-like pitch. Luckily Jenny Davis does.”
–KATIE MALLOCH, CBC RADIO

Jenny Davis, international jazz vocalist/ composer/arranger delivers powerful musicianship, lush vocals and passionate honesty.  A thoughtful composer her work reflects the experience of her deep musicianship and the sensitivity and vulnerability of a passionate artist.  A human rights activist, and advocate, is reflected in her most recent compositional score, a song cycle, written for saxophone quartet, piano jazz ensemble and string quartet, and was inspired by this advocacy.  In August 2018, she performed a selection of this score with the Sirius String Quartet featuring Grammy nominated, violinist, Gregor Huebner.

A Seattle native, Davis earned her Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A 25-year steward of straight-ahead jazz, she actively performs throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada in clubs, festivals and jazz venues.  Whether improvising over Charlie Parker on a concert stage, or delivering the composer’s heart of a haunting ballad in an intimate coffee house, Jenny’s commitment to the art form is never more evident than in her third, CD release of INSIDE YOU

Most recently she returned from a European tour where she performed her original compositions and American jazz standards with the French, award-winning, David Bressat Trio. Past performances include Composer’s Concert at the University of Arts, Philadelphia. Main Stage performance and television interview at the 2011, Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) International Jazz Festival. In 2016 she recorded with the Brazilian virtuoso, guitarist, Diego Figueiredo. She has performed at most major venues in Seattle, including Jazz Alley, Jazz Vespers, Poncho theater, University of Washington.  Jenny has studied and performed with such world class jazz musicians, including: Diego Figueiredo, Kurt Elling, Bud Shank, Anita Wardell, Jovino Neto Santos, Jackie Ryan, Sheila Jordan, Hadley Caliman, Randy Halberstadt, Russ Johnson, Chuck Easton, Gregor Huebner, Andy Jaffe, Diane Moser, Dmitri Matheny, Qunicy Davis, Ken Thomson, Carla Kihlstedt and other distinguished International artists.

Garnering critical praise while her albums continue to rise on the jazz charts. “A modern day Doris Day..she is the kind of singer that gets deep into a song and makes you feel the lyrics.” (JAZZ TIMES). With a very unaffected organic vocal quality, her notes ring pure and her diction is crystalline and inviting.

.Internationally renowned composer, Rodgers Grant, made a compelling contribution to INSIDE YOU with his sultry ballad, Morning Glory, “You have now given me more reason to gloat! I love it!” (Rodgers Grant). While Davis displayed her own commitment to jazz with her deeply personal composition and title track. Her musicianship shines as a technical instrument and an intimate channel of honesty. “Vocalese doesn’t get any better than this!” (ALL ABOUT JAZZ)

A true original with an authentic sound, Jenny has that rare vocal ability to swing hard in the pocket and hold her own with the best musicians in the business.  A versatile vocalist, she is a highly requested and is considered one of the regions top big band vocalists. A passionate steward of jazz, Jenny passes on the tradition as a jazz educator, and vocal coach.

“The intimacy of a guitar led ensemble creates the transparency that is so beautiful within the jazz genre. Her ability to easily translate from one transition to the next is a true testament to her abilities and musicality as a vocalist and writer. What is most evident immediately is the strength and control Davis has with her instrument.”
– CMJ JAZZ CHART

“Davis takes the listener on an exploration of vocal heights and emotional depth that few vocalists have the heart, or talent, to traverse. She is a true jazz vocalist.”
– ALL ABOUT VOCALS

“Breathing fresh air into well known standards and be-bop masterpieces… Davis will surely inspire this and future generations of singers to tap more often into the vast resource of musicality combined with technicality.”
– JAZZ POLICE

“Stellar vocal jazz…blessed with a dynamic range…magnificent…talented!”
SMOTHER MAGAZINE



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