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Jenna Mammina is a jazz/pop singer originally from St. Joseph, Michigan but based in the San Francisco bay area since 1986.
Mammina was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, and began singing as a child, singing in church from the age of five, and appearing in school musicals. In her teens she learned piano and guitar and performed with local bands. She attended Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Laney College in Oakland, before settling in San Francisco.
After session work with The Spinners and Narada Michael Walden, Mammina has gone on to record five albums, all released on her own label, Mamma Grace. She performs as often as 250 times a year, and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Watson, Nancy King, Andy Narell, and Steve Coleman. Derk Robertson, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, picked her debut album, Under the Influence, at number nine in his top albums of that year. Her second album, Meant to Be, was nominated for a California Music Award in the 'Outstanding jazz album' category.
Mammina is also a music educator, running workshops titled 'Scat for Cats' and 'So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star' in schools and universities.
Mammina combines together folk music, pop, and jazz, often performing with guitarist Andre Bush. She covers a wide range of music including songs ranging from Abbey Lincoln (her mentor) to Elvis Costello, U2, and Tom Waits, as well as original compositions. Her voice has variously been described as "sweet and flexible", "whisper-like" with "air-brushed phrasings and silky nuance", and "tiny, thinnish, high-pitched".
Mammina herself says of her style:
"I don't want to categorize the music. It's not that I don't know who I am. I don't sing classical, and I'm not a soul singer, or an R&B singer, but I have been influenced by that stuff too. I can sing a Patsy Cline tune, a James Taylor tune or a Led Zeppelin tune, but I do it with my own flair."