This quote from David Menconi, News & Observer music writer, sums up the talent of Jeanne Jolly. Jeanne’s music blends the earthiness of American roots music with jazz sophistication and the smoldering emotion of soul balladry. Her vocals seamlessly shift between down-homey and sweetly soaring.
Jeanne began her musical career as a featured vocalist for Chris Botti. While touring with the Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter, she worked with world-renowned symphonies and had the distinct honor to perform at venues such as Carnegie Hall and play marquee events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival. She is classically trained as a singer and holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Over the years, Jeanne has been praised as a singer-songwriter who “melds folksy, soulful country with heavenly, heartfelt lyricism” (News & Observer), and as a vocalist who “can easily shift to the dusky lilt of Alison Krauss or the sophisticated jazz phrasing of Rickie Lee Jones” (Missoulian). The Boston Globe calls her “one of contemporary music’s best kept secrets. She is a revelation when you sit in on one of her concerts.”
On her latest album, A Place To Run, Jeanne’s musical background comes together organically, like never before. Her accomplished musicality, intimate lyrics, and passion and respect for the heritage of country, folk, and soul music smoothly blend together with elegant earthiness.
Jeanne Jolly appears in concert at The Clayton Center’s 2016-17 Season Kick-off party. More information about the event is available here.