Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm

Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm

 New York City, New York, USA
DuoJazzFolk

Unique acoustic guitar and voice duo perform standards from the 1930's through last Thursday.

Biography

Jenna & Rolf have just released their second recording, entitled, "Begin To Dance". It is the follow up to their 2015 debut release, "Spark". "Begin To Dance" is filled with jazz standards, older pop songs, and a couple of originals.

About Jenna

“Exquisite!” says author/radio host Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone Magazine and perennial king of what’s hot and what’s not. He’s talking about pop/jazz vocalist/songwriter Jenna Mammina and he is not alone.

Recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover for three years in a row by Jazziz Magazine, she recently shared the honor of both the cover and an original song “A Love that Lasts”, included alongside Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Her song “Contradictions” was included on the 2004 KKSF Aids Relief Sampler CD, featuring Joe Jackson and Brenda Russell. Other accolades bestowed upon Ms. Mammina include Jazz Performer of the Year for the SF Weekly, a nomination for Best Jazz Album for her sophomore CD, Meant to Be, by the California Music Awards, and the Goldy Award for her tireless work with children through her nationally acclaimed program Scat for Cats. Jenna’s first album, Under the Influence, was one of the most widely praised debuts in recent memory, earning a four-star review in Japan’s most prestigious jazz magazine, Swing Journal.

With thousands of miles and performances under her tri-coastal musical gypsy skirt, Jenna has claimed the San Francisco Bay Area as her home and sanctuary. She has performed with a vast array of legendary talent, such as Bobby McFerrin, June Millington, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, Phish, David Sanborn, Ray Obiedo, Wil Ackerman, Liz Story, Tuck Andress, and Rosemary Clooney. Jenna has graced the stages of esteemed venues like Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, Town Hall in New York, The Green Mill in Chicago, and festivals such as Jazz Aspen, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, Monterey San Francisco, Big Sur and Mount Hood, continuing to delight sold-out crowds throughout the United States and touring over 250 dates a year.

While touring, Jenna continues to teach children ages 3-104, through her workshops Scat for Cats™, Art of the Duo™, and her latest, So You Want To be a Rock and Roll Star at schools and universities throughout the country.

About Rolf

"Rolf Sturm is an astounding fingerstyle player effortlessly alternating between swinging jazz chords and beautifully executed single note lines. His improvisational abilities are both impressive and expressive.”, writes James Scott from his Minor 7th Webzine review of Rolf’s solo CD: “Balance”. “..Sturm is a prodigious talent and is an unparalleled virtuoso of the nylon stringed guitar. "Balance" is highly recommended and should be required listening for all fans of contemporary music."

Rolf’s guitar playing has also earned the praise of Joe Pass, Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, and Bill Frisell. He appears on over 60 CDs including recordings that feature Tony Trischka, Loudon Wainwright, Anthony Braxton, David Johansen, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Glen Velez, Maggie Roche, Jorma Kaukonen, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas, Ike Willis, Eddy Arnold, Catherine Russell, and members of the Grateful Dead. When not recording and touring with Jenna , Rolf is also a member of the Roswell Rudd Quartet, NYC's "Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble" and the "Walter Thompson Orchestra".

Rolf has toured the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, and the UK, performing at dozens of jazz, jam band/rock, folk, and blues festivals (including the World Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, the Syracuse Jazz Festival, Ripplefest, Music On The Mountain Festival, and the Toronto Jazz Festival.). He has performed at Lincoln Center, and Town Hall in NYC, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has appeared on soundtracks for both film and television and his music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered. His solo guitar recording, "Balance", was awarded 4 stars in DownBeat magazine.

Lyrics

Talk To Me

Written By: Rolf Sturm

Gone, there’s something wrong, right here.
Unspoken quiet traces, the subtle shift in places...
I’m looking through a distance of newly found resistance,
that I don’t know.

Now, right through my hands again.
Misspoken awkwardness, ignorance, I confess.
Regretting situations, with no communications,
How could I know?

Talk to me
I feel I’m on the outside.
Talk to me
Talk to me
I feel there’s something to hide.
Talk to me

Please, don’t make a fool of me.
Confusion, tied in knots, emotions, no clear thoughts...
I’m breathing in, exhaling, I fear our love is failing.
Please say no.

Talk to me
I feel I’m on the outside.
Talk to me
Talk to me
I feel there’s something to hide.
Talk to me

Discography

"Spark" on Water Street Music WSM-125  2015
"Begin To Dance" on Water Street Music WSM-127  2017