As a child, I made my dream a reality by holding concerts in our basement for the neighborhood children, dressing up like Motown stars, and scatting through my favorite jazz standards. I am also the same girl that won her first music award at the age of 7, singing “Let’s Stay Together" by Al Green.
I grew up in a family of musicians, listening to a wide range of artists — from Leontyne Price and Sarah Vaughn to Chaka Khan and Barbara Streisand. These powerful artists inspired me to be more than mediocre-more than just a powerful pretty voice. I add a unique articulation and personality to everything from Gershwin to Marvin Gay.
I have performed for thousands of people around the world and I never get tired. As the lead vocalist of Jeannine Rivers Group, I am well-grounded in genres of the soul. I believe in giving new life to jazz by sprinkling it with funk, pop, soul, rock, and R&B -seasoning each beat, with focused bass, and sultry notes.
It’s a sound that will have you mesmerized
from beginning to end.
I can hear the Ella Fitzgerald comparisons, but the precision
of her diction reminds me of
- Dave Tianen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
At a glance, especially in her live performances, you will find that Jeannine often sounds like a master architect at work, choosing the perfect note for the right spot, making every sound and moment of silence count. Her interpretations of lyrics, sense of swing, and ability to infuse each song with her soulful feelings set her apart from the crowd.
Jeannine has a voice like that of Ella, with rich deep overtones that have been compared to Sarah and the sass of Dinah Washington-giving birth to a tone that will bring a cold soul to life, and the drive to push warm blood through your veins while leaving you with chills from a spitfire performance. Add to that masses of personality and a talent that sends Classical colliding with Jazz, adding the ingredients of RnB with a dash of Pop and Blues. When you mix it all together you have a style that Jeannine has dubbed “Jazz Funk”.
“I have had the pleasure of enjoying the sounds of the Jeannine Rivers on several occasions - at casual lounge events and also at private gala events. All I can say regarding her live performances is "WOW!" Her song choices and talent are amazing - her unique voice and innovative arrangements of familiar jazz and R&B songs are fantastic - she has even helped to make a few of my ‘non-jazz loving friends’ now self-proclaimed ‘jazz-loving friends!’”
— KIMBERLY W.
“I decided to hire the Jeannine Rivers Music for a fundraising gala I was organizing - and it was the best decision! She was willing to help brainstorm new ways to market our event and help our organization tap into a new demographic. And, of course, Jeannine Rivers Music gave a performance that had people talking for the next six months!”
— SHERRI C.
“If you like Abbey Lincoln's voice or, for that matter, Sidney Bechet's clarinet or King Oliver's trumpet, you'll adore Jeannine Rivers's river-deep voice of enormous depth and range -- not just tonal but *emotional*. She swings on her uptempo joints, and drenches her ballads in love.”
— ERIC B.
THE JAZZ ESTATE
Jean's Jazz Series
Carolines Jazz Club
Mason Street Grill
Vine Wine Room
Jazz in Cutler Park
Jazzed Funk, Soulbop, and all the notes in between.
Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Abbey Funk, Stephanie Mills, Regina Belle, Barbara Streisand, and many more
With “Iridescent October,” it was important to me that I include a trace of my human soul and draw from my personal experiences. While most of the standards on the album are familiar, these versions are unique with remnants of Pop, R&B, and Blues including a splash of Reggae.
I wanted to create an album that would enhance these beautiful tunes in a way that was different, stellar, as only I could personally do, according to my own inner-musical-beauty, giving origin to my sound.
“While some of the songs have been recorded many times by others, there are no throwaways; these renditions are fresh, spirited and full of subtle surprises, and worth a very close listen to. A powerful and expressive singer, Jeannine Rivers knows how to tell a story in music. The Milwaukee-based vocalist’s recording debut is consistently impressive, fully displaying her talents in straight ahead and soulful jazz.”
— Scott Yanow
Jazz journalist and historian and author of 11 books including “The Jazz Singers,” “Jazz On Film,” and “Jazz On Record 1917-76.”
“Iridescent October may be Rivers' debut album, but the jazz singer comes off like a seasoned pro!”
“Her powerful and expressive vocals, along with a mix of jazz standards and original compositions, make her an audience favorite!”
“Rivers cites singers Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae as her musical influences, and her powerful voice follows in the footsteps of these jazz greats.”