“Chicago does not lack for engaging 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
ABOUT THIS SHOW
City Winery hosts the first in-person performance of “3 Martini Jeannie.” Through the pandemic, every Friday at 5pm, Jeannie celebrated the close of each stressful week with live music, performing audience requests and sharing martini recipes. When shows could be safely performed outside, Jeannie was joined by longtime musical collaborators Stacy McMichael (bass) and Derek Henderson (drums).
May 20 brings Jeannie’s trio to the City Winery stage performing a diverse repertoire of covers including songs by artists such as Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Camila Cabello and Norah Jones; along with a few jazz standards, R&B classics and her original songs. Joining the band are two special guests: Abigail Riccards (vocals/piano) and Lisa McQueen (piano). Jeannie will also be taking a few audience requests.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Jeannie Tanner is an award winning composer with 8 Grammy® considered albums and 5 ASCAP composer awards. She is a vocalist, piano player, trumpeter, percussionist, songwriter and producer who performs and records her original music, a mix of jazz, pop and R&B. Jeannie’s music has been used for many TV/film projects including Single Ladies (VH1 – produced by Queen Latifah), Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert (PBS/The Travel Channel), Revenge (ABC), Real Wives of Beverly Hills (Bravo), Fox NFL Kickoff and Days of Our Lives (NBC). Her music has been featured in many Hallmark movies including A Christmas Duet, Christmas Cookies and Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas.
Working through the pandemic, Jeannie released a new single/video “I Wanna be the Change” which was Grammy® considered (on the first round ballot) in 4 categories, including Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Video. She composed the music for a new web series called Bong Zombies, available now on Amazon Prime; and wrote the score for an hour long documentary for Preservation Chicago and the Sarah Belle Wilson House, a City of Chicago landmark. Since the March of 2020 Covid lockdown, Jeannie has continued weekly live streaming performances on-line for fans in Chicago and around the world.
Stacy McMichael is one of the premier bassists in Chicago today. Equally proficient on upright bass and electric bass, Stacy performs comfortably within a broad range of genres and styles. An active professional musician for over 15 years, she has played with hundreds of artists in a variety of venues. Stacy was recently in the band of the Chicago production of the musical SIX, playing the part of Bessie (SIX will be opening this fall on Broadway); and, she is the bandleader for le Percolateur, Chicago’s coolest gypsy-jazz alt-folk group and her French ensemble Paris La Nuit. She is currently working on a new album to be released in 2022.
Derek Henderson is well known on the Chicago music scene and has performed with artists such as Paul Wertico, David Garibaldi, Omar Hakim, Art Porter, Buddy Guy, Ramsey Lewis, Bernie Mac, David Sanborn, Tom Scott and Earl Klugh, just to name a few. Derek has toured the world in various bands, traveling to 22 cities in 8 countries. His vast knowledge of studio recording and live performances keeps him in demand, and he is a featured drummer with the Larry King Orchestra.
Abigail Riccards was active on the New York jazz scene before moving to Chicago in 2011. She performed at such renowned clubs as Birdland, Smoke and Smalls. Her most recent album, “Every Little Star,” was co produced by recording artist Jane Monheit. Abigail has been live-streaming with Jeannie Tanner, playing piano and singing, since March of 2020 on their weekly Desperate Measures Music Show: 2 Voices 2 Pianos. She has a new album coming out later this year, she’s working on a new podcast called Just Ask Abby and she continues to team up with Jeannie for their Wednesday night livestreams. You can also catch Abigail at the Green Mill performing with her quintet on selected dates.
Lisa McQueen has worked as a Music Director at The Second City for many years, where she toured with The Second City National Touring Company. Most recently, she was MD for “She the People” in UP Comedy Club at Second City. She has served as MD for sit-down runs at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Rochester’s GEVA Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Barbados Holder’s Festival and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. Lisa is a long time Annoyance Theater Ensemble Member and has composed many original musicals for them (Shark Tank, the Musical; Forty Whacks, The Lizzie Borden Musical; The Dead Boy Scout Musical, Raven and The Messenger and President Bush is a Great Man, among others). Lisa was also MD for the Off-Bway Production of Wildmen! (starring George Wendt). She plays jazz and blues piano in the Jeannie Tanner Quartet and is also MD /Keyboardist for The Rolling Clones, a band dedicated to the music of the greatest rock band in all of history.