Winner of Indie Music Channel's 2012 “Best Female Jazz Artist”, Mary Jenson is a vocalist from the Bay Area. Dubbed “Golden Voice” and “West Coast Cool”, Mary Jenson's soulful voice takes you on a journey through original music and masterfully reinvented jazz and contemporary covers. Whether performing in a duo or in an ensemble setting, her luscious, contemporary voice reflects today's evolution of Jazz. "What brought me to Jazz? A job right out of college at tiny radio station up on the Northern California Coast exposed me to Jazz in a big way. My audience was small but patient and happy to learn along with me as I explored a library of hundreds of LPs that lined the walls and exposed me to a whole new world of music. That’s where I discovered Chick Corea, Pat Metheney, Betty Carter and Carmen McRae. I heard Ron Carter play "Someday My Prince Will Come" and I was hooked." Born on an Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mary Jenson is the 6th of 8 children. Her childhood as a military brat was a nomadic one, moving from Mississippi to California, Germany, Georgia, and then back again to California by the time she was 9 years old. She now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mary released her second album 'BEYOND' in January 2011 at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland. This concept album was inspired by the the dream state, a human condition of vulnerability and wonder. This collection of originals, contemporary covers and beautiful Jazz standards is featured in Mary’s live performances. http://www.maryjenson.com/Save
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Mary Jenson is a Performance & Recording Artist, Songwriter, Lyricist and Voice-Over Artist
Winner of Indie Music Channel's 2012 "Best Female Jazz Artist" Mary Jenson's soulful voice takes you on a journey through original music and masterfully reinvented jazz and contemporary covers.
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“Vocalist Mary Jenson follows her well-received 2009 recording Close Your Eyes (Self Produced) with an homage to the dream state with Beyond. Coming from a large military family that never stayed put for long, Jenson developed a gypsy's soul and a musical taste for the world rhythmic and cosmopolitan. ...the opener, Tom Waits' "Temptation," that really captures Jenson's world music-jazz view. Pianist Frank Martin sets up swirling smoke over the poly-rhythms of drummer Will Kennedy and uber-percussionist Alex Acuna. The arrangement is light, with moments of inventive melodic grounding firmly in in the warm climes of the Caribbean rim. Jenson's pliable voice shares these characteristics of the arrangement. She transforms this Waits ballad (sung to great humid effect by Cote de Pablo in the opening episode of NCIS, Season 6). Jenson takes away some of the humidity and adds complex undulations, giving the piece a more urgent and visceral punch. Record Label: Self Produced”