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Jeannine Otis

About Jeannine

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.

Jeannine was recently the recipient of The Bishop’s Cross, which is the highest award for lay people by the Episcopal Church, for her musical contribution to the church as the music director of St Mark’s Church in the Bowery!

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Jeannine’s Music

Her recording MAGIC SONG with Heikki Sarmanto was re-released by THE WARNER GROUP worldwide. Selections from MAGIC SONG are included on over 12 compilations also released by THE WARNER GROUP in 2017/2018.

She is proud to say that these compilation feature many of her sources of inspiration including Grover Washington, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn
and her own cousin Elvin Jones.

Compilation titles include: Women Singing Jazz, Orchestral Jazz, Jazz Para Correr, Jazz pela acordar, A Natureza No Jazz, Rainy Night Jazz (the Japanese version), Four Seasons Jazz Summer/Spring and more. These compilations are available worldwide including on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, and through Amazon.

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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