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Jenna & the Charmers

Jenna & the Charmers

More than a showcase for a singer who's cultivated a winsome, utterly personal sound, Jenna & the Charmers' new album "Everyone I Love Is Here" captures a beautifully calibrated working ensemble that wraps an impressive array of songs in an intimate embrace. Mammina has long exemplified the way minimalist arrangements can reveal potent emotional undercurrents running through pop tunes, jazz standards, and rock anthems, and with the Charmers she's found a sleek new vehicle for stripping songs down to the bone." -Andrew Gilbert,

Band Members and Instrumentation
Jenna Mammina, vocals
Steve Bissinger, guitar
Aaron Germain, bass
eremy Steinkoler, drums

Jenna & the Charmers is the collaborative brainstorm of vocalist/songwriter Jenna Mammina (Mama Grace Records) and drummer/composer Jeremy Steinkoler (Mo'Fone). Longtime veterans of the Bay Area jazz scene, Jeremy and Jenna decided to team up to play some favorite jazz, pop and rock tunes they'd never had a chance to perform, as well as work on writing some original material.

As the creative vision took shape with the addition of Ryan Lukas on bass (The Real Nasty) and Steve Bissinger on guitar (Mr. Lonesome & the Bluebelles), the band began to craft a sound that was uniquely compelling, offering a dynamic soundscape for Jenna's pitch-perfect, spellbinding melodic explorations. With each musician bringing an incredibly high level of musicianship, sensitivity and creativity to the songs, the band began to plumb deeper emotional depths at every show, often leaving audiences mesmerized with the authentic heartfelt emotion of their performance, and moved by the band's own palpable enjoyment of the music.

The quartet plays an incredibly wide range of material, with a stunning range of dynamics and sensitivity: from the dreamy re-imagining of the Beatles' "Across the Universe"; the whisper-soft emotional rawness of John Mayer's "Stop this Train,"; the groovy finger-snapping pop of Squeeze's "Tempted"; to the churning, rocking of Oasis' "Wonderwall", the band navigates each of their favorite songs with a fresh and different take, exploring nuances and dimensions only obliquely suggested in the original recordings. Additionally, Jenna & the Charmers play a handful of Jenna's original compositions, and are collaborating to write new songs as they head into the studio to record their debut album in 2017.

Hailed as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover by Jazziz magazine for three years in a row, Jenna has found her new musical family with the Charmers. And lauded as "A very swinging drummer who's mastered the art of coordinated independence" by the East Bay Express, Jeremy has returned to play the music that has influenced him, with musicians who are simpatico. Together in Jenna & the Charmers, they have come home.

Sep 13, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

SABOR! Fiesta Internacional with DJ José Ruíz

DJ José Ruíz is back at La Peña! Get ready to dance to a variety of rhythms from Latin America and around the globe!
8:15pm-9pm: "Latin Rhythms Dance Class" for those that need a refresher, where you will learn the basic steps for multiple latin dance styles with dance instructor Juliana Mendonca, including Salsa! ALL LEVELS WELCOME! NO ADDITIONAL COST!
9pm-Midnight: DJ Jose Ruiz will be throwing down his eclectic mix of music from Latin America and beyond!
Los Cilantros will be open serving refreshing drinks: aguas mexicanas, sangria, micheladas, beer and wine!

DJ José Ruíz, aka MundoMuzik, is a DJ, radio host, promoter, and collector of world music, vinyl, art and all cultural and music ephemera. Jose's taste in music is very eclectic, unafraid to mix traditional, experimental or folkloric elements in his sets. His confidence and impeccable taste in music is deeply rooted in the time and research he dedicates to learn about the genres he plays. His respect for the origin and tradition of music he loves can be heard in depth as a radio host and felt when he fills the dance floor.

The class will be taught by Venezuelan dance instructor Juliana Mendonca! Juliana is a dance performer, choreographer and teacher. She graduated with a degree in dance from University Institute of Caracas, Venezuela in 2005, she also served as an instructor at the Performing Arts Department of the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela (2012-2015). Juliana co-founded Raíz de Agua, a music and dance company. Juliana currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband and daughter, working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.


Door Cover: $4.44 in advance online / $8 at the door ($9 with credit card)

Sep 13, 8:15pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley