Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most refreshing new voices of the twenty first century. A consummate performer, she thrills audiences as a vocalist, trumpeter, composer, lyricist and educator. She is equally at home singing soul, funk, pop and R&B, but her passion without question is jazz.
Born in Vermont into a musical family, Jennifer began playing at the age of 4. In her early teens she became infatuated with the sounds of Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Clifford Brown and Ella Fitzgerald. After a stint living on the upper west side of Manhattan, she attended the Hartt School of Music where she studied the intricacies of the jazz idiom with Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Jackie McLean and many other highly prominent jazz artists.
At the age of 20 Jennifer was afforded the opportunity to join Trey Anastasioâ€™s new band, having already recorded on Story of the Ghost (Phish, 1998) and One Manâ€™s Trash (Trey Anastasio, 1998). She embraced the idea with open arms and began touring with him in 2001. In her seven years of touring, she has shared the stage and studio with such legends as Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, The Rolling Stones and Herbie Hancock to name a few.
In 2003 Jennifer released her own debut album; a soulful, horn laden party entitled Fuse. â€œI always want an album to sound freshâ€ says Hartswick. â€œItâ€™s amazing to see what happens when you put great musicians in a room together with no boundaries.â€
And thatâ€™s exactly what she has done again. Jennifer has gone back into the studio with some of her favorite musicians to record an album very true to her heart. She revisits her roots with this release, recording some of her most beloved jazz standards including With Every Breath I Take, Nature Boy, Gentle Rain, and the haunting original composition, You Own Me. â€œTrueâ€ was released in the fall of 2007.