Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm: Begin To Dance

Dancing On The Ceiling

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From the album Begin To Dance
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Jenna Mammina was recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover for three years in a row by Jazziz Magazine. She sang on the “Jazziz Women Volume 4” recording along side Diana Krall and Norah Jones. She has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, Phish, David Sanborn, Wil Ackerman, Liz Story, and Tuck Andress.

Rolf Sturm has played guitar on over 60 CDs, having performed with and/or played on recordings that feature Loudon Wainwright, David Johansen, Dave Douglas, Jorma Kaukonen, Tony Trischka, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Roswell Rudd, Ethan Iverson and members of the Grateful Dead.

Jenna & Rolf first met in NYC at the very end of 1995 in a rehearsal for a rock orchestra called “Illuminati”. It was a 17 piece ensemble that was focused on the music of the Grateful Dead. The band toured the United States and Canada, recording and touring with a couple members from the Grateful Dead. Jenna & Rolf performed for 3 years together in Illuminati and appeared on 3 of the band’s recordings. During this time period, Jenna & Rolf talked about putting a duo together…. “someday”. But time passed. In January of 2014 they decided that “someday” had arrived. Jenna returned to New York in June, they played their first gig together in 18 years, and went into the recording studio the next day. The recording they made, entitled “Spark”, was released in 2015. It is still receiving nationwide radio play and the two have been touring almost every month since its release. Their new CD, “Begin To Dance”, has just been released! They are happy to be performing so much and audiences are unanimous, this is a very special pairing.