Jennifer Jennings

Jennifer Jennings

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Country - Rock | Chicago, Illinois, United States
Total Song Plays: 168   
Member Since: 2003
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The Jennifer Jennings Band

Singer/songwriter Jennifer Jennings (formerly Jennifer Onesto) got her start singing backup in various Chicago bands during the mid-1980s. When she was 20, she sang for The Joe Cantafio Band. Their blues-inspired sound was popular among city bars and festivals, allowing Jennifer and her friends to land backup gigs for Bo Diddley and Del Shannon whenever they rolled into the Windy City. Once they dissolved, Jennifer joined Burnt Toast and they went on to perform together until the mid-1990s playing many Chicagoland clubs including Durty Nellie’s, The Cubby Bear, local festivals and playing before Cubs games at Wrigley Field. In 1996, The Jennifer Onesto Band came together for Jennifer’s debut CD Twenty Houses. Jennifer won a music contest courtesy of 101.9FM "The Mix" in Chicago. Such exposure proved golden for her. That summer she participated in the city's largest outdoor music festival, "The Taste of Chicago." Gigs with Dave Barrett and his band The Big Babies soon followed with frequent gigs at Navy Pier. Recently, Jennifer and her friends James DiGirolamo, Dave Menet and Greg Campbell formed the Jennifer Jennings Band. Currently they are recording their first CD with one of the songs, Family Reunion getting air play on Jonathan Brandmeier’s show. They are playing throughout the Chicagoland area at local clubs and festivals.

James DiGirolamo - electric & upright bass, vocals
His long-term band experiences include swing with the Riff Rockets the Rhythm Rockets the Rockafellers blues with the Convulsions and Phil Baron pop-rock with Burnt Toast and JP and the Cats as well as countless jazz groups including the Tom Sorich Trio.
James has also played country, zydeco and rock-a-billy with bands such as the Big Guitars from Memphis, The Delta Rhythm Kings, Guy Lawerence and Chydeco zydeco.
He has been nominated for a Handy Award with Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, a touring blues band that plays regularly at Buddy Guy's Legends and The House of Blues.

Dave Menet - guitar
As guitarist for many local Chicago bands, Dave has had the privilege of releasing a few noteworthy CDs such as the progressive rock band "I Speak Jive" 1992 EP "The Death Cookie" , "Primitive Baptist" 1996 CD "The Sin Bin", "Forty Horse Johnson" 1998 TV show appearance on "Rock My Ass", "The Blue Watusi" 1999 CD "Chicago Breakdown" and also toured with "Zydecreeps" from Louisiana.
In 2000, Dave and the multi-instrumental Frank Raven recorded the "Cadillac Baby" CD, an improvisational all acoustic duet.
After auditioning for "Nick Moss and the Flip Tops" on stage at the House of Blues in Chicago, Dave joined on to tour all of 2004 as Nick’s bass player.
This afforded Dave opportunity to perform with legendary blues artists such as Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Guitar Shorty, Gary Primach, and Fingers Taylor.
Dave is having the time of his life playing guitar and working with some of his favorite musicians in the "Jennifer Jennings Band". Dave has worked in the past with both Greg Campbell and James Digaralomo and is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with them in this uniquely dynamic group.

Greg Campbell - drums
Greg Campbell is a professional drummer and teacher with over 22 years of experience. Most recently he was performing and touring with blues guitarist Nick Moss. Nick and the group were nominated for the prestigious W.C. Handy (the equivalent to a Grammy for Blues) award in 2003 and again in 2004. Greg was also a member of the ten piece swing band "The Riff Rockets" and rock bands "I Speak Jive" , "Japan Man" and "Ignatious". Other performing and recording credits include Kim Wilson and the "Fabulous Thunderbirds", Buddy Guy, Curtis Salgado of Santana, Willie Smith, Pinetop Perkins of Muddy Waters, Junior Watson, The Mighty Blue Kings, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Rod Piaza and the Mighty Flyers, and Anson Funderburg.