Meet JT


JEANNIE TANNER, Chicago-based 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 and recording artist with 6 Grammy-considered albums. She is a vocalist, trumpeter and pianist who performs and records her original music – a mix of jazz, pop, R&B and Latin rhythms – with her band, the Jeannie Tanner Quartet.  Ms. Tanner has headlined at top Chicago area venues — including Andy’s Jazz Club, the Park West, Pete Miller’s in Evanston, Eddie V’s, Reggies and Davenport’s.

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.  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, with her own Pandora station.

Ms. Tanner’s new album (her ninth), WORDS & MUSIC is a 2-disc record just released in Chicago at City Winery to a sold out audience (Feb. 2017) and is receiving rave reviews. It is a collection of songs written by Jeannie Tanner and recorded by twelve of Chicago’s finest vocalists: Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella, Elaine Dame, Kimberly Gordon, Paul Marinaro, Tammy McCann, Jeff Meegan, Typhanie Monique, Andy Pratt, Abigail Riccards, Michele Thomas and Amy Yassinger

WORDS & MUSIC reflects an eclectic mix of genres reminiscent of the Great American Songbook and N’awlins-style jazz; with soulful ballads, the sounds of Latin rhythms and retro 1960’s Rat Pack swing.

“With a dozen Chicago vocalists and a raft of compositions — many written with those particular vocalists in mind — Jeannie Tanner’s double-disc constitutes a love letter to the city’s jazz singers. And hearing their performances, the feeling is clearly mutual.”
Neil Tesser/The Jazz Network/Grammy Award Winning Journalist

“Chicago does not lack for engaging jazz trumpeters, vocalists, pianists, bandleaders, songwriters and arrangers — but how many can do it all? Jeannie Tanner happens to be one… If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to hear her pick up a horn, or sing a ballad or unveil an original song, you know that she practically exudes music.”
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“Words & Music is a collection of Great American Songbook-inspired tunes written by trumpet virtuoso Jeannie Tanner. Tanner takes audiences back to a time when blues singers ruled the nightlife of cabarets and jazz clubs far and wide… “Words & Music” offers a bounty of melodic jazz blends, from bossa nova to cabaret and swing. Each track is a singalong tune, making the recording appealing to a wide audience and crossing over many sectors of jazz.” Susan Frances, Blogcritics 

“A double discer of original material in which she cast each song for a different local jazz vocalist, the writing, playing and performing are so on point that this set deserves to be much, much more than just a local keepsake. It needs a ground swell to make it a national treasure and focus some love back on Chicago jazz… Killer stuff that’s must hearing for anyone looking for something new and different that doesn’t stray from tradition. Well done throughout.”  Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher/Midwest Record 

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, 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 cdbaby.