From the album Begin to Dance
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Jenna & Rolf first met at the very end of 1995 in a rehearsal for a 20 piece rock orchestra called “Illuminati” that focussed on the music of the Grateful Dead. The band toured the United States and Canada, recording and touring with a of couple members from the Grateful Dead (special guests included: Ike Willis, Jorma Kaukonen, Maggie Roche, etc..). Jenna & Rolf appeared together on 3 of the band’s recordings.
During this time period, Jenna & Rolf talked about putting a duo together “someday”. But time passed and they both went on to have successful, independent careers. In January of 2014, they reconnected and decided that “someday” had arrived.
In June 2014, they recorded twelve tunes in a day and a half and laid plans for making the duo a permanent ensemble. Since their debut release entitled “Spark” (Spring 2015), Jenna & Rolf have been touring/performing almost every month. Now Jenna & Rolf have a brand new recording that has just been released entitled, “Begin to Dance”. Audiences are unanimous, this is a very special pairing.
Jenna Mammina has been recognized as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover for three years in a row by Jazziz Magazine. She has earned numerous awards, including Jazz Performer of the Year for the SF Weekly, a nomination by California Music Awards for Best Jazz Album for her sophomore CD, “Meant to Be”, and the Goldy Award for her work with children through her nationally acclaimed program Scat for Cats. Jenna’s first album, “Under the Influence”, earned a four-star review in Japan’s most prestigious jazz magazine, Swing Journal. She has performed with artists 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.
Rolf’s guitar playing has 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, Michael Doucet, and members of the Grateful Dead. 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 JVC Jazz Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, the Syracuse Jazz Festival, Ripplefest, Music On The Mountain Festival, the World Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, 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.