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Janine Gastineau has an attractive, distinctive and often-haunting voice that is quietly expressive. Whether straight ahead jazz, ballads or bossa nova, she creates fresh and colorful interpretations that make the vintage songs not only sound relevant but brand new.”

— Scott Yanow, author & jazz critic

[Janine] does a few tunes I do, too, and it's great to hear someone else's take on them. Very, very enjoyable...wonderful music!”

— Sheila Jordan, jazz legend

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Janine is a featured vocalist on KUVO! 

Super cool news -I’m featured in the “Local Vocalist Spotlight”on the homepage of KUVO, Denver’s great jazzz station. Writer Candace LeGault penned a very nice profile of me, and it’s up all month long. So exciting! Read it here: http://kuvo.org/post/local-vocalist-spotlight-janine-gastineau

This is another of how supportive KUVO is of local musicians. Please consider becoming a member and supporting them, too, and all they do to keep jazz alive and thriving in the Mile High City! To join, go here: https://donate.nprstations.org/kuvo/?_ga=2.214221591.1466518593.1513202897-685985260.1513202896

Janine Speaks at Jazz Festival in February 2017! 

Another happy bit of news: I've been invited to give a talk at the Kinser Jazz Festival in Casper WY in early February. The title of the talk is BROADS ON THE BANDSTAND: The Forgotten Women Who Fought for the Right to Play in the Swing Era. 

This talk arises from a fascinating part of jazz history, one that features all-women big bands, who were most active from the early swing years thru the end of WWII. Many of these bands were also led by women, including Denver's own Joy Cayler , who later led a group called Brass Beat that many of our local sideman and women performed with.

I have had such fun researching this topic. The stories, the photos and videos have revealed some amazing players I knew little to nothing about, and aren't mentioned much (if at all) in much of jazz scholarly or mainstream writing & publishing. These women' stories of persistence and faith and success despite great odds need to be heard & shared. Everyone who's been to my shows knows how I love history and love sharing what's behind the music I sing, and discovering this topic has been a revelation. There's an entire segment of jazz history that's been underreported and under-taught. And IMHO, jazz history is incomplete without a working knowledge of everything these women "added to the conversation." I hope I make my own small contribution to that conversation, both with my music AND my writing & speaking. Stay tuned for more!
 

Grad School: Fall Quarter done, 3.82 GPA! 

Hi Friends! A mighty THANK YOU to everyone who's asked me about school this fall, sent encouraging words, listened to me kvetch, etc etc. I am happy to share that, thanks to a great program and some wonderful teachers, I finished my first quarter with a 3.82 GPA! Now, I've always loved learning, but as an undergrad I was - outside of my major classes in music, theatre & dance - not the best student... So it's great to get the chance to redeem myself now. And I truly credit my professors - Donna Wickham, Ken Walker, Lynn Baker, Marc Sabatella, Elwood Colahan, Dr. Catherine Sailer, & Caitlyn Brozna-Smith - for getting me this far. (A special shout-out to Marc S, who is my jazz theory teacher, and an extraordinary educator.) I'm really proud to be at DU's Lamont School, which has proven to be a very challenging & inspiring place. I can't wait for Winter & Spring Quarters and what I'll absorb the rest of this year. 

Janine on KGNU! 

I had the recent pleasure of appearing on KGNU twice in one week! On Tuesday 1/19/16 I was a guest on KGNU's KABARET program. Host Riley Ann asked several insightful questions about my music, and I had a great time talking to her in between sharing several of my favorite songs! I was accompanied by the always-terrific Bill Kopper (guitar) and Bill McCrossen (bass). You can listen to the archived show here.

Two nights later, Thursday 1/21/16, I was a returning guest on KGNU's JAZZ LIVES, spinning 2 more tracks from my new album and chatting with host Jerry Maddock. He had, as always, a terrific and wide-ranging list of tunes chosen for that evening's show, so I recommend listening to the entire show here. I'm on at 7:08, after his opening tune, again "The Last Time I Saw Jeannine" (though he's varied the versions each time I've been on the show) - a very sweet and charming gesture!

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