At the vanguard of ‘The New Jazz Generation’ and freshly graduated from the University of Toronto’s prestigious jazz studies program, JENNA MARIE PINARD possesses a signature jazz and blues voice that hints at Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Aretha Franklin, but is distinctly her own. She is best known for her smooth-sounding jazz and rich R&B vocals, her wide vocal range, and passionate performances. She is quickly gaining reputation in Toronto as a uniquely warm spirit and engaging performer. Originally from Montreal, Jenna Marie now lives in Toronto and plays weekly all over the city.
Jenna Marie will be releasing “Here, Now”, a duo album with Toronto guitarist and long-time collaborator Jay Yoo on November 11th. The album consists of original music and arrangements by both Jay and Jenna. The album has been generously funded by the University of Toronto Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association.
The young singer has been featured with the University of Toronto Hart House Big Band led by Ernesto Cervini, the 11 O’Clock Jazz Orchestra led by Jim Lewis featuring Tim Haggans, the Toronto Rhythm Initiative’s production of “A Jazz Night Out: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald” in Ottawa. She was also finalist in the Jazz Sudbury Emerging Artist competition. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed multiple times by the University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Ensemble led by Christine Duncan. In March 2019, she performed at the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto with international jazz superstars Chase Sanborn and Steve Wallace. She has since returned to the Old Mill in October 2019.
Jenna Marie has played in respected venues all over Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa including the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto, The Rex Hotel, Toronto Meridian Centre, Tranzac Club, Emmet Ray, Alchemy, 120 Diner, Lula Lounge and countless street festivals. She has also performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with the BHS Big Band, Upstairs Jazz, Club Soda, Metropolis, Bar St-Denis, House of Jazz Montreal and at the Arts Court Theatre in Ottawa.