After 7 albums and many cross-country tours, JENI is fast becoming one of the west’s most sought-after musicians, bringing a breathtaking originality to some of the best music of the American songbook. From classic jazz standards from composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jobim, to re-arranged pop hits by Cyndi Lauper, The Grateful Dead, or The Beatles, JENI defies easy classification simply saying in defense “a good song is a good song.” Her signature ballads drip with so much emotion that an audience member suggested adding Kleenex boxes on each chair in her Tech Rider. The Big Sky Journal commented “an evening of this and you’re both whipped and exhilarated, you’ve wiped your eyes, yet your cheeks hurt from all the grinning.” With every performance, the songs and stories of JENI FLEMING are winning the hearts of audiences from coast to coast.
The 2nd of 4 daughters to a Lutheran Pastor and an English teacher, JENI’s love of music was nurtured at a very young age. “The first songs I knew were hymns,” and since their mother was the director of the church children’s choir she and her 3 sisters all sang in that choir, as she puts it “…whether or not we wanted to. Some families bond through athletics, some through academics. Our family was centered around music.” Private piano lessons began at age 6, by 13 she had won The Young Artist Award and made her classical piano debut with The Billing Symphony, the first of a string of successes in the competitive classical piano world. College offered her a chance to pursue another love, the visual arts, but after nearly 5 years as an Architecture Major, music found her again and she graduated from Montana State University, Bozeman with a degree in music.
“Having studied classical piano for most of my life, it is the thing I know something about, but singing is the thing that I feel something about.” In 1997 JENI and then musical partner Jake Fleming recorded their first album, It Is Well, which was featured on a nationally televised program by the Odyssey Channel. With the success of their first 3 recordings, THE JENI FLEMING TRIO was the pilot episode of 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, an multi-Emmy Award-winning Montana PBS program.
JENI has performed as a vocalist at many major music festivals including UNC Greeley Jazz Festival, (winner of 2 Outstanding Soloist Awards), Yellowstone Jazz Festival, Powell Jazz Festival, Juan de Fuca Festival, Jazz Montana (opening for in consecutive years; Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Cyrus Chestnut, Gary Bartz and Stefon Harris), Big Timber Jazz Society, Phillipsburg Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Depot (opening for Hank Jones), Minot Jazz Festival, Jazz In the Canyon, and Victoria International JazzFest (Victoria, BC) opening for famed pianist Dave Brubeck.
JENI maintains a private studio of 25 piano and voice students, and is Co-Founder of Hand Me Down Some Silver, Inc., a MT-registered 501(c)3 offering need-based scholarships to young musicians for music lessons, instruments, and creating recording and performance opportunities. As well, JENI sings with several other bands including The Dave Walker Band (blues), Pinky and the Floyd (Pink Floyd Tribute), Lester Rocks (Original Rock/Pop), The Tiny Band (Motown/R&B), The Glen Johnston Swing Band, The Bridger Mountain Big Band (Traditional Big Band Swing), and The Crazy Mountain Allstars (Classic Rock).
JENI’s 2006 release We’ll Be Together Again features 14 tracks of lushly-arranged standards and original pieces, and the work of The String Orchestra of the Rockies, Montana’s premiere string ensemble. December (2008) offered an opportunity for JENI to collaborate with long-time mentor, friend, and trumpet player Ralph Sappington. She says, “…this was the man that I looked to for advice, to champion me. When he agreed to collaborate on this album I felt like I had won the lottery.” Sadly, Ralph passed away 2 weeks before recording started, the album is dedicated to him. 7th in the discography, and JENI’s most recent release Come To Life (2010) is, in her words “…the most accurate representation of myself as a musician, almost as if the first 6 [albums] were just practice.”
JENI is currently touring with her jazz combo. As well she performs as a guest soloist with various Big Bands and house rhythm sections, and in promotion of We’ll Be Together Again, as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras across the country.
“JENI’s appeal transcends generations and genres…FLEMING offers a range and depth capable of raising goose bumps on an August night.” – The Tributary Magazine
Scheduled performances as well as all 7 albums may be purchased through: www.jenifleming.com
For booking, availability and current fees contact:
mobile: (406) 579-8382