JEANNIE TANNER TRIO
Let’s Fall in Love with the Music of Harold Arlen
"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
Jeannie Tanner - Vocals/Trumpet
Lisa McQueen - Piano
Stacy McMichael - Bass
“Let’s Fall in Love with the Music of Harold Arlen"
Jeannie Tanner is a singer-songwriter and trumpeter who performs and records her original music - a mix of jazz, pop, R&B and Latin rhythms. She has earned six ASCAP Composer Awards and has seven Grammy-considered albums. Her latest album, WORDS & MUSIC was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Best of 2017. Music Critic Howard Reich wrote: ”A musical chameleon who sings, plays trumpet and composes with equal aplomb, Tanner outdid herself with “Words & Music.”
It’s been 80 years since the release of the Wizard of Oz and yet, many people still do not know the name, Harold Arlen – one of the most important composers of the Great American Songbook. In an attempt to answer the question, “who is Harold Arlen,” Ms. Tanner’s trio is excited to reprise her Harold Arlen show at Winter’s Jazz Club. “Let’s Fall in Love with the Music of Harold Arlen” will be another evening of Arlen’s unforgettable melodies including, “Let’s Fall in Love,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “One for My Baby” (arr by Dianne Reeves) and “That Old Black Magic” (arr by Herb Alpert and Lani Hall) - and of course, “Over the Rainbow.”
Howard Reich wrote of Tanner’s show last year at Winter’s — “It takes a certain amount of gumption to pair an original song with one by Arlen, inevitably inviting comparisons. But Tanner forged ahead, opening a two-song medley with the master’s “It’s Only a Paper Moon” before turning to her familiar “Promise Me the Moon.” Tanner’s medium-swing tempo and ultra-polished vocal delivery in Arlen’s song set the stage for a brief – too brief, actually – passage of scat singing, and that served as a transition to “Promise Me the Moon.” Remarkably, Tanner’s song felt quite comfortable in this exalted setting, its marriage of lyric and melody clearly predicated on the traditions of Arlen’s era.…Tanner’s tribute to Arlen reminds us that the art of tautly conceived songwriting has not yet vanished.” - Chicago Tribune
Along with Tanner performing some of Mr. Arlen’s best known works, she will again be performing original material she wrote just for this show. Continued Mr. Reich,“…it was Tanner’s songwriting that provided the evening’s tour de force. She told the audience that she wrote “In the Green of Spring” and “Can’t Run Away Blues” in the manner of Arlen, and, indeed, the first offered exquisitely lush chord progressions; the second conjured 1930s songwriting while sidestepping cliché.
The evening's audience can expect Tanner’s original pieces to pay tribute to Arlen's composition techniques and commitment to memorable melodies. Her love for his songs comes not only from being a vocalist and appreciating his wonderful standards of the Great American Songbook, but also as a songwriter, reaching back over the decades to infuse his writing style with a few of her own tunes.
“I’m reminded of what we call standards," explained Jason Marck of NPR in describing Tanner's writing style. "That’s not just Tin Pan Alley with your Gershwins, Porter, your Rodgers and Hart; I also hear Brill Building influences like Mann & Weil, King & Goffin and Bacharach & David…”
Ms. Tanner’s songs have been featured in many television shows and movies including “Culinary Travels with Dave Eckert” (PBS/The Travel Channel), “Revenge” (ABC), “Single Ladies” (VH1 - produced by Queen Latifah) “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Bravo), “Young and the Restless” (CBS) and many Hallmark holiday movies including “Christmas Cookies” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas.” 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 via traditional stations, Sirius XM and on the internet where she has her own Pandora station.
Full Review of Jeannie Tanner’s Harold Arlen Show at Winter’s Jazz Club, May 2018