Meet JT


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…”

Jeannie Tanner is an award winning composer, vocalist and trumpeter who performs and records her original jazz-pop (a mix of jazz, pop, R&B and Latin rhythms) with her band, the Jeannie Tanner Quartet.  Ms. Tanner performs at Chicago area venues — including Andy’s Jazz Club, Pete Miller’s in Evanston & Wheeling, Porkchop Chicago, the Mayne Stage, Katerina’s and Seasons 52 (in Schaumburg, Oakbrook and Chicago).

Ms. Tanner’s music has been used for many TV/film projects, including Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert (PBS), Single Ladies on VH1, Days of Our Lives (NBC), and indie feature films such as Reconstellation, an entrance at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.   She continues to write and record, and will release several new projects this year (2013).  She is proud to be signed to HEAVY HITTERS MUSIC in L.A. And, her music can be heard on local, national and international radio.

Tanner’s last four releases have been Grammy-considered in many categories inlcuding, Best Jazz Album (Tanner Time) and Best Traditional Pop Album/aka the Great American Songbook (Promise Me the Moon , You Can Kiss Me Into Anything and A Little Bit of Christmas).

NEW CD: Joyful Season (released November, 2013) – Joyful Season is a mix of originals by Ms. Tanner, along with fresh new arrangements of holiday favorites.  The CD is reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi’s classic Christmas album.

The variety of tunes on her cds 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.

The Jeannie Tanner Quartet brought down the house at the Taste of Chicago, headlining on the Best Buy Stage and has made multiple appearances on WGN & ABC TV.  The JTQ recently performed to sold out crowds at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago (March, 2013) and had a residency at Andy’s (Sept. thru Dec. 2013).  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, Dan Cray Trio & Kurt Elling).

All of Ms. Tanner’s c.d.s are available at her live shows, on this website, as well as on-line at i-tunes, and in most Best Buy stores.