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Jill Jensen is an outstanding jazz vocalist

accompanied by jazz guitarist Jack Grassel.

The duo is known as

Jack and Jill Jazz

See them perform:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za6HuaJtrAQ

See her schedule for performance information. 

May 17, 2012 Shepherd Express Review by David Luhrssen:

To read click HERE

Jill Jensen & Jack Grassel latest CD :

Jack and Jill Jazz

CD's are $15

click here to purchase from Jack Grassel's secure web store

"Jack and Jill Jazz is a no-holds barred live set of duets in which the couple displays both their impressive improvising abilities and their telepathies interplay. Recorded at a gig near Los Angeles, the music was made even more spontaneous by the fact that neither performer realized that they were being recorded. There was freedom, looseness and lack of pressure. Says Jill, there are no overdubs. Adds Jack; we chose the best of it for the album. The music is very honest, often aggressive and filled with creative surprises. Few voice/guitar duos in jazz history are on the level of Jill Jensen and Jack Grassel. Jack and Jill Jazz is their definitive recording so far."
Scott Yannow - author of ten jazz books includingThe Jazz Singers, Jazz on Record 1917-76, and Jazz on Film

This is a new "enhanced CD" which means, in addition to it being a CD, it will play a three-song "Quick Time Movie" video when inserted into your computer. Get a free quick time player for your computer at www.quicktime.com.

The new CD is available for purchase at all Jack and Jill Jazz performances, Lincoln Music in Milwaukee, WI: 3379 S. 13th St.and at Schmitt Music, 1409 Washington AVenue, Racine, WI.


Like and follow Jack and Jill Jazz: www.facebook.com/jackjilljazz

Management: www.whamgmt.com

William Hindin Artist Management (WHAM)

New York, City, NY, USA

(212)-222-7755

March 2007 - Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Nominee as:

CD of the Year and Song of Year - "Song for Your Mother"

It's About The Music

                                                        

Songs  (Click hear to listen)                                   

                                                                       

1     Beyond the Sea

2     Song For Your Mother

3     Let;s Stay Together

4     Small Day Tomorrow

5     Benny's From Heaven

6     Isla Mujeres

7     After Orwell

8     It Comes With The Snow

9     Come In From the Rain

10   Gee Flat Blues

11   Girl From Ipanema/Lady Wants to Know

12   Lonely Woman

Musicians

Jill Jensen-voice on all songs                  Jack Grassel-guitars                      Frank Almond-violin                   Claude Calliet-trombone                       Steve Coepus-organ                      Pat Crawford-bass flute    

Rick Embach-vibes                             Guillermo Espinasse-guitar                 John Hibler-saxophones           

Dean Lea-piano                                   Howard Levy-harmonica                 Tom McGirr-bass

Joan Miranda-viola                              Anne Morse-Hambrock-harp         Mike Murphy-drums     

Luis Navarro Lopez-bass                           Steve Peplin-arranger                   Jeff Pietrangelo-trumpet     

John Price-bass                                  Dane Richeson-drums                   Roger Ruggieri -bass viol         

Tblisi, Georgia-Singers                        Kim Scholes-cello                        Walt Stuart-arranger

Rip Tenor-saxophone                            Paul Wertico-drums                      Jean Yi Kim-violin

 

It’s About the Music may be purchased at all of Jill and Jack's live performances (see schedule), Click here to purchase directly from Jill and Frozen Sky Records or via amazon.com or  CDbaby.com

PRESS RELEASE BELOW
October 2006, WI - Frozen Sky Records is proud to announce the release of It’s About the Music, the second CD featuring jazz vocalist Jill Jensen and guitarist Jack Grassel. The married couple collaborated six years on the project. In addition to producing and performing on the CD, Jack composed four new songs and created fresh arrangements to lovingly showcase Jill‘s diverse vocal skills. The twelve song collection artistically mixes Big and small band settings loaded with exciting jazz solos. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra principle players string quintet accompanies Jill on the Horace Silver song, “Lonely Woman”, custom arranged by Steve Peplin. Legendary arranger Walt Stuart created three Big Band charts exclusively for Jill. Jill sings in Spanish on one song “Isla Mujeres”, composed and performed by Argentine virtuoso guitarist Guillermo Espinasse, and recorded in Cancun, Mexico at Machine Head Studio. Other recording sessions took place in: Brookfield, WI at Public Record; Racine, WI at Andrews Brothers Recording; and in New Berlin, WI at DNA Digital Systems where the CD was also mixed and mastered. The CD design is by The Weber Group, Inc. of Racine, WI, with photography by Keith Watling and Sue Ruggles.

The twenty-four musicians listed above, who contributed their highly skilled talents to the CD, reads as a “Who’s Who” of the Midwest‘s most accomplished. Included is nationally acclaimed Howard Levy on harmonica, (founding Member of Bella Fleck and the Flecktones), seven time Grammy Award-winning drummer Paul Wertico, and Dane Richeson, recognized as one of the most versatile virtuosi in percussion.

It’s About the Music was almost never heard. In March of 2004, Jack was stricken with heart infection and toxic shock. Jill was told he had a “10-20% chance” to live. Jack beat the odds to miraculously survive, but production stalled for two years while he struggled to regain health. The Milwaukee music community rallied to give a special concert, which eased their burden of huge medical bills. The couple credit the CD’s completion to the outpouring of spiritual support from fellow musicians, family and fans. Although Jack is not fully recovered, he and Jill consider the release of It’s About the Music a triumphant finale to that difficult period.

Always a surefire crowd pleaser at any occasion, Jill and Jack are in demand as a duo or small ensemble as well as Big Band. The jazz duo sizzles onstage. Jill Jensen grew up singing in a home where the music of choice was swing era and jazz standards. She is well known in southeastern Wisconsin as a vocalist, actress and television spokesperson with a smooth confident stage presence and a 'smile' in her vocal delivery. A fan says her voice is “Victoria’s Secret for the ears.“ Jill gained musical fame through singing engagements with numerous bands and shows, most notably since 1998 with her world-renowned husband, Jack Grassel. Jack produced her first CD, “Seems Like Dreams” in 2000. Just Jazz Guitar magazine wrote: ‘Jensen's voice is strong and self-assured... Grassel's overall skill and musical approach are the perfect compliment to Jensen's smooth and confident vocal styling and phrasing.’ Dave Luhrssen of The Shepherd Express said: ‘Jill’s expressive voice sparkles with the sheer delight of singing as she wraps around lyrics and their emotional implications. Blended with Jack’s stunning command of the guitar, they perform music that speaks in an easily understood and enjoyable dialect.”  In addition to performing with Jack Grassel, and the musicians on the CD, she has sung with: Ed Thigpen, Marlene Rosenberg, Ernie Adams, Chip McNeil, and Richie Cole.

Jack Grassel was voted one of the ”Ten Best in the U.S...” by Guitar One magazine, March 2000. “Upon hearing him seamlessly weave bass lines, rhythm chords, and melody lines - all at the same time - as well as noting his incredible command of the instrument, we knew he was a shoe-in. Simply put, he sounds like no other guitarist.” He is a winner of six W.A.M.I. (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Awards as Guitarist or Jazz Artist of the Year. For decades, guitarists all over the world have studied his many books, columns, compositions and recordings. Jack is known for his invention "The Superguitar," on which he plays bass and guitar simultaneously. He enjoyed the personal tutorage of his mentors, Tal Farlow and George Van Eps, which helped father his unique style. He has accompanied the biggest names in entertainment. A short list includes: Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, John B. Williams, Roy McCurdy, Frankie Laine, Maureen McGovern, Cab Calloway, Jay Leno, Bob Hope, Louie Bellson, Vic Damone, Tom Jones, Al Martino, Joel Grey, Mel Rhyne, David Benoit, Ira Sullivan, Ed Thigpen, Howard Levy, Buddy Montgomery, Doc Severinson, Eartha Kitt, Helen O'Connell, Roger Williams, Percy Faith, Lucas Foss, McCoy Tyner, Rufus Reid, Slide Hampton, John Scofield, Ritchie Cole, Stu Katz, Michael Feinstein, Stanley Jordan, Hod O‘Brien and Stephanie Nakasian.

To purchase It’s About the Music, or for more information about Jill Jensen and Jack Grassel, discography, sound samples, photos, and schedules, bios, press clips, visit their websites: www.jilljensen.com and www.jackgrassel.com.  Or, you may also directly contact Frozen Sky Records, P.O. Box 367, Sturtevant, WI 53177, 262 552 4012

It’s About the Music may be purchased at all of Jill and Jack's live performances (see schedule), Click here to purchase directly from Jill and Frozen Sky Records or via amazon.com or  CDbaby.com

What people are saying:

This is world class. An art form. A true gift. One of the finest, most creative, ensemble recordings ever done. It is marvelous, wonderful, tremendous, fresh, exciting, superb; it more than entertains, it tells a story. Jack’s playing is outstanding. Jill ‘s gorgeous voice is thrilling. Musicianship throughout is remarkable. So much work! All emotions are covered in this musical journey. I laughed at ‘Benny‘s‘; choked up at ‘Come in From the Rain‘; I was totally touched deeply inside. Oh, and the gorgeous strings in ‘Lonely Woman‘! I felt Jill was singing just to me, she makes a listener feel so special, it warms your heart. This music will be around for long time. Dr. Nickolas J. Contorno, Marquette University Director of Bands and Orchestra, Milwaukee, WI

 Headline: Local Artists Jensen and Grassel put out a fine album
     "Since this column began nearly two years ago, I've had the pleasure of listening to a lot of great music by local artists. None, however, has impressed me as much as 'It's About the Music' by vocalist JIll Jensen and her guitarist husband Jack Grassel.
      Beginning with a super swingin' 'Beyond the Sea,' the couple appear to be on a mission. Not content to merely cover the standards, Jensen & Grassel, accompanied by a host of guest musicians, aim to inject new life and energy into them. They succeed on both counts.
      While song to song, 'It's About the Music' touches many musical bases, the stand-out for me is their ultra-groovy rendition of 'Girl From Ipanema.' Grassel, who's no slouch on the guitar, flexes his muscles as a songwriter, adding new lyrics and chord progressions. This number is perfect for Jensen's silky smooth, pitch-perfect voice. VERY highly recommended."

By Dan Pavelich-Quick Spins, GET OUT section, Kenosha News, Oct. 20, 2006

The CD is incredible,,,and definitely worth the wait. Jill with the big band is a treat to hear. Although "Small Day Tomorrow" is one of my favorite all time songs...I find it is really hard to pick a favorite moment…‘It’s About the Music’ is brilliant from start to finish. I played it at Caroline's…and people thought it was great. Anyway, thanks again for a brilliant recording that I will treasure for a long time to come. Scott Lehman - Caroline’s Jazz Club, Milwaukee

Jill Jensen is one of those rare vocalists who has the pipes to perform equally as well with a big band or a small combo. She can go from sweet to sultry. With the band she can belt out with the best of them or when the tune calls for it give a warm and intimate interpretation. Jill is a true talent. Gano & Beverly Evans; Big Bands Blues and Ballads Too! Two's Company - Jazz Sessions. WHQR-91.3FM, Wilmington, NC

Great diversity of sounds and material, Great playing by a lot of great players-nice touch getting Howard and Paul Wertico, but everyone is right up there, and of course Jack, you sound great throughout. Jill sounds very breathy, expressive; she is communicating. I especially liked the larger bands. The arrangements are interesting and the section is CRISP. Great production; obviously a lot of care taken here. You really pulled off a good one Nice Job! Steve Cohen, Blues Central Booking and Management, Milwaukee

There is so much heart laid bare in this CD that I almost cried (now, there's an admission) when I heard some of the tunes. Knowing your off-the-charts love for each other and music, plus the things you went through and will continue to face, this is not an album by two people; it's an album by one unbelievably transcendent union of two exceedingly talented individuals. If I'm not being blasphemous, it's like the Christian concept of the Trinity.

Beyond that, having all those heavy-weights on board. Paul's work on After Orwell makes one forget that his / my instrument isn't geared for traditional melodic playing; his creative sense is that of a top-flight wind instrument player. Again, thank you!
John Ruka, Adjunct, Percussion, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI

 
2000 CD:           Seems Like Dreams
     
 

Click here to purchase from Frozen Sky Records

Musicians

Jill Jensen-voice

Jack Grassel-guitar

Rick Embach-vibes

Marlene Rosenberg-bass

Ernie Edams-drums

 

 

Songs (Listen)

1   Where or When

2   You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

3   It Had To Be You

4   I'm All Smiles

5   One For My Baby

6   Skylark

6   Witchcraft

WHAT THEY'RE  SAYING

Seems Like Dreams
    Jill Jensen, voted 'Best Female Vocalist'  for 2000 & 2001 by
readers of Southeastern Wisconsin's Journal Times, sings Jack Grassel's fresh arrangements of jazz standards. "Smooth and confident. I couldn't avoid feeling the smile in her vocal delivery. Stage presence will never be a problem. Grassel picked Chicago's best jazz performers for this session and the result is wonderful.  This CD is a most satisfying listening experience."
    Jazz at a Glance
Reviews@jazzreview.com  Nov. 2001
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 Seems Like Dreams

  "Let the organic feeling of Jill's sensual voice enchant you with a sound to remember the rest of your life."
   

Jim Glynn -  WMSE Jazz Radio                   

Apr. 2000


   "Your voice is Victoria's Secret for the Ears"

    A Fan - Feb. 2001

 

Seems Like Dreams

"Jensen's voice sparkles for the sheer delight of singing. She wraps
around words and their emotional implications."
   

Dave Luhrssen - Shepherd Express -

Apr. 2000
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Seems Like Dreams

"Jensen's voice is pliable and seductive. The whole CD is a fun experience."
   
Jerome Wilson - Cadence Magazine - Mar. 2001

 

Seems Like Dreams

  "Jensen presents a clear and sometimes playful              approach to seven jazz standards."

Just Jazz Guitar Magazine
Aug. 2001
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"Jack & Jill went up...
Despite the cliché, they   do make beautiful music together".


  Arlene Johnson - Kenosha News
Apr. 2000
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  "Always a sure-fire crowd pleaser, Jill's sparkling jazz vocals sizzle in her duo, combo or Big Band."

 The Shepherd Express                

July 25, 2002

 

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