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Jeannine Otis

About Jeannine

Born and raised in Detroit, and based in Staten Island, NY, Jeannine Otis has been a singular and substantial voice for four decades. She draws equally from jazz, classical, dance, gospel and pop genres.

Anthony Tomassini, NY TIMES critic described Ms. Otis as a “show-stopper” in the role of Ella Worker in Downtown Music Production’s staging of The Cradle Will Rock.

She is a graduate of Wellesley College (Presser Music Scholar), the only African-American to win that award and she also holds a Masters Degree from Emerson College in Boston where she was a teaching fellow.

She has toured as a vocalist with many distinguished artists including Donald Byrd, Grover Washington Jr., Vishnu Wood, and Arthur Prysock.

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Jeannine Otis - Into My Heart - 2021

Jeannine Otis, Into My Heart (2021)

Vocalist/Educator/Actress/Author Jeannine Otis releases Into My Heart, her first recording in eight years!

Otis shines on this intimate and engaging small combo/duet recording on nine ballad, dance and Latin-tinged tracks featuring original compositions and standards including Billie Holiday’s classic “Lover Man,” Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood,” and two selections by the late keyboardist/composer Onaje Allan Gumbs.

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This beautiful painting by Sarah Yuster, “Adagio,” features Jeannine at Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s Tuscan Garden in 2016.

Jeannine Otis by Sarah Yuster