Songs of the 1930s-60s era...
meaningful lyrics, melodies and rhythms in another way.
Growing up in a family of jazz musicians and the roots of Detroit City, Zeena Quinn brings her own kind of an intellectual coolness and edgy sound to swing and straight-ahead jazz.
With a lifetime of performing film, stage and dance professionally, she focuses on jazz. As an accomplished vocalist, her charisma, vocal range, coloring of words, and sub textual meaning in any of her performances derives from all of her many artistic skills. She is known for her straightforward sound, emotional content of phrasing, sense of rhythm and dynamics, as well as, her comfort with other languages and innovative arrangements of jazz standards.
She pays homage to the classics and the vocal influences of Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughn, Jeanne Lee, Annie Ross, Ruth Brown and Carmen McRae. Zeena is an elegant singer whose voice and music choices are also inspired by the golden age of jazz’s simple, yet, raw compositions/lyrics of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Jon Hendricks.
Ms. Quinn has shared the stage with Mel Martin All Star Big Band, Cab Calloway Orchestra (Calloway Brooks), Noel Jewkes, Marcos Silva, and opened with Chalo Eduardo Brazilian Band (Sergio Mendes) for New Orleans Jazz Festival’s John Lee Hooker.