Catamount Arts is thrilled to welcome Northeast Kingdom native Jennifer Hartswick to St. Johnsbury’s Fuller Hall on Saturday, April 7, as the penultimate show of the KCP Presents season. A consummate performer, Hartswick thrills audiences as a vocalist, trumpeter, composer, and lyricist. Equally at home singing soul, funk, pop, and R&B, her passion without question is jazz.
Born into a musical family, Jennifer Hartswick debuted on the Vermont Children’s Theater stage at two years old and began playing music at the age of four. In her early teens, she became infatuated with the sounds of jazz virtuosos Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum, trumpet legend Clifford Brown, and first lady of song, 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, Hartswick was afforded the opportunity to join Trey Anastasio's new band having already recorded on Story of the Ghost (Phish, 1998) and One Man's Trash (Trey Anastasio, 1998). She embraced the idea with open arms and began touring with him in 2001. In 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 Hartswick released her own debut album; a soulful, horn-laden party entitled Fuse. “I always want an album to sound fresh,” says Hartswick. “It's amazing to see what happens when you put great musicians in a room together with no boundaries.”
Hartwick’s live performances are renowned as spontaneous, joyful, and contagious. Whether she’s wailing on the trumpet or belting out a show-stopping vocal, her confidence, command, and powerhouse technique shake the rafters like a force of nature. Her latest single, “You Can’t Take it Back,” from forthcoming album Nexus with Nick Cassarino and Christian McBride, starts as a slow subtle simmer before Hartwick’s exuberant trumpet busts it wide open, showcasing her trademark irrepressible range.
Cassarino and McBride will join Hartswick in St. Johnsbury as part of a special homecoming treat. A virtuoso bassist, McBride is a six-time Grammy winner and one of the most recorded musicians of his generation. He has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby, James Brown, Queen Latifah, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Sting, and more. Singer/guitarist Nick Cassarino plays with the funk/soul band, Nth Power and has played with the Jennifer Hartswick Band and Big Daddy Kane, among many others.
For tickets and more information about Jennifer Hartwick’s April 7 show at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall, visit www.kcppresents.org. The KCP Presents Series is produced by Catamount Arts, working in association with Kingdom County Productions and supported by generous local sponsors with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council.