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 professionally performing in film, stage and dance, she focuses only on what inspires her most passionately, jazz.
As an accomplished vocalist, her vocal
range, stage charisma and storytelling
all derive from her many artistic skills.
One cannot miss her dynamic sound,
emotional phrasing, and intuitive,
rhythmic sensibility. In her innovative
arrangements of jazz standards, Zeena
creates unique and striking contrasts
using rhythm and language, singing
not only in English, but, also fluently
in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
Zeena Quinn is an elegant, singer
whose unique sound and innovative musical choices continue the wonderful legacy of vocal jazz.
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.
Her 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.