In the rugged landscape of Flin Flon, Manitoba, there are two kinds of people: hockey players and singers. Though she is well known for her goalie skills, Jennifer Hanson''s voice is what people remember about her.
The North breeds a certain resilience into the people who call it home, and it served Hanson well as she navigated the tough landscape of the Canadian rock scene with her band Jenerator as well as recording artists, Glass Tiger.
The youngest of seven children, Jennifer learned to love jazz classics at her father Bill''s knee, and began working in a jazz vein in 1993. Her reputation for great vocal chops and notoriety for countless public appearances singing national anthems at NHL games in Winnipeg began to attract the attention of a new audience among jazz fans. Her smooth, torchy, seductive vocal style was/is right on the money then and now among the current generation of jazz singers. She''s definitely not just another voice in the crowd.
Her repertoire runs the gamut from the jazz standard songbook to bluesy, torchy heartbreakers to some of the classic R&B tunes that audiences love.
Presently based in Atlanta, she works in that southeastern US region with some of the finest local jazz musicians as well as performing in a swing orchestra on a regular basis. The scene in Atlanta is a good one, and Jennifer has attracted the same attention there as back at home. Producers continue to come calling.
Her first record, "Something Cool", won a 1999 Prairie Music Award for Best Jazz Recording", met with great success, and had a recent revival on Winnipeg Cool FM''s play lists. Her newest cd "How the Night People Pray" has been praised as an "exquisite gem" by reviewers.
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