Jen Ambrose Bio
A frequent performer throughout the Northwest, Jen Ambrose is seen in a diversity of settings ranging from regional wineries and casinos, numerous Concerts in the Parks, the Britt Festival to the main stage at the Seattle Hempfest. Both as a solo act and with her band she has opened for a number of well-known artists including Chris Isaak, Michael Franti, Colin Hay (of 80’s band Men at Work), 60’s folk/rock legend Donovan, Pablo Moses and songstress Dar Williams, to name a few.
Jen accompanies herself with an acoustic guitar style that ranges from driving rhythms to intricate finger and flat-picking, slide on the 12-string or electric guitar for more rock and blues. Musical influences have included the old Delta Blues styles of the early 20th century, swing Jazz of the 30’s, classic rock of the late 60’s, Middle Eastern and Native American singing and drumming.
CURRENT MUSICAL PROJECTS:
Solo and duo acoustic original music and eclectic covers including over 4 hours of original material. Solo performances also include live looping that incorporated flute solos and guitar leads.
Nothin' But The Blues: These live shows feature Jen's powerful vocals over her original blues songs and covers that include Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tadeshi and more. She accompanies herself on electric guitar.
Ambrose & Annieville: Golden Classics, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop Duo
One of the newest Duo’s in the valley, Ambrose & are certainly no strangers. Jen Ambrose is a very accomplished local musician with over 20 years in the valley and Annieville is a seasoned veteran who has performed all over the world for small groups of dedicated fans to festivals of 20,000 plus. This duo beautifully complements each other featuring the power and range of Jen’s vocals, and the incredible arrangement and execution of the cords on the keyboard by Annieville.
A Sentimental Journey: Currently the ladies are featuring a very special show, A Sentimental Journey. This show has been put together to feature sultry, soulful music from yesterday to today arranged in a glamorous sentimental ballad style. The music covers everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Dire Straits, Billie Holiday to Bette Midler, KD Lang to who knows. This show is only available for a limited number of engagements per year.
Jen Ambrose & The Polyphonic Symphony: This 10 piece band features the musicians from the recent Tidal Wave album. The show highlights Jen's original music with some select covers. The music spans jazz, blues, soul, country and Americana. In 2018, Jen Ambrose & The Polyphonic Symphony opened at the Britt Garden Stage for Cris Isaak.
Sound Stage Revue: Outside of her original music, this ensemble is the most eclectic featuring a 9 - 15 person group consisting of a full band and 3 female vocalists. Each performance is a full show with full costume changes and a repertoire spanning music from the 30's through contemporary pop, rock and country with Broadway and Burlesque numbers. Appearances include summer concerts in the parks and regional casinos. Jen has been seen with the premier Johnny Cash cover artist performing as June Carter Cash and Loretta Lynn.
This multifaceted exploration of musical styles is at the essence of a unique, signature sound that Jen Ambrose cultivates in her original music.
Nectar Of Your Dreams - With the release of her first, self-produced CD, “Nectar Of Your Dreams”, Jen involves a number of talented musicians to create a diverse and compelling body of work that has been called visionary, passionate, sultry and mystical. Her single Damian Nightstar is heard on the 2003 Oasis Blues Sampler. Various tracks have received airplay on Southern Oregon Public Radio, local radio stations in Southern Oregon and Northern California and as far away as the Netherlands. Tracks are being marketed through Soundtrack Express interactive media (http://www.transmx.com), and her CD is currently distributed through the independent label Imaginary Records (http://www.imaginary records.com/).
nonconfusion - Released at the end of 2006. It is a jazzy collaboration of original songs with other members of the band nonconfusion. Jen had three original pieces on this album
Remembering - Jen's second, all original album released in 2008.
FLY - Released in 2013. This project is a collaborative compilation of Jen's original acoustic music and poetry by Sylvia McKinley featuring poems and songs pertaining to domestic abuse issues. This was a non-profit CD whose proceeds went towards the Grants Pass Women's Crisis Support Team.
TIDAL WAVE - The third, all original album, released in March of 2016, featuring performance from some of the region's most seasoned musicians. This album was co-produced by engineer Bob Pagano of Mountain View Productions. 5% of all CD sales are donated to NOT FOR SALE (www.notforsalecampaign.org) to combat the effects of Human Trafficking.
Jen Ambrose - singer/songwriter - vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, percussion, flute, keys
Richard Cole - bass
Andy Pimentel - keys, tenor saxophone
Dave Vestneys, Sunny Erikson, - electric guitar
Sandy Ficca, Matthew Kriemelman, Nic Brusio - drums
Willie Warwick - violin
Jef Ramsey - mandolin
Al Brinkerhoff - dobro, lap steel slide guitar
Randy Scherer - trumpet
Will Scharen - trombone
Gordon Greenley - alto and baritone saxophone, flute
Arcata, CA: Sacred Grounds Coffee House
Berkeley, CA: Rose Street House Concert Series
Mt. Shasta, CA: Flying Lotus Studio
Albany, OR: Boccherini’s Coffee and Tea House, Oregon Trader Brewing Company
Ashland, OR: Ashland Armory, The Beanery, Evo’s Coffee House, Green Springs Inn, Artisan’s Market, Newandart Art Studio, Siskiyou Brewpub, Standing Stone Brewery, Wild Goose Pub
Canyonville, OR: 7 Feather’s Casino
Cave Junction/Takilma OR: Bluemoon Books & Coffee, The Out and About Treehouse, Taylor’s Country Store
Corvallis, OR: The Beanery on 2nd St., Border’s Books & Music, The Interzone Coffee House, Oregon State University
Detroit, OR: Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat Center
Eugene, OR: The Beanery on 5th St., Eugene Grower’s Market, Out of the Fog Coffee House, The Samarai Duck
Grants Pass, OR: Firehouse Art Gallery, Griess Family Brews, G-Street Bar & Grill, The Haul, JD's Sports Pub, Laughing Clam, Riverside Inn Bar, Roux 26, The Rouge Theatre, Wild River Public House
Klamath Falls, OR: Kla mo ya Casino
Medford, OR: Britt Festival, Four Daughters, Lark's on the Common's, Morrton's Sports Bar, Shennanigan's Bar, SOB Brewing
Portland, OR: Alberta Rose Theatre, Mississippi Pizza, Portland Saturday Market
Rogue River, OR: Creekside Bar and Grill, Homestead Saloon, R&R Saloon
Roseburg, OR: Jacoby Auditorium
Ruch, OR: Magnolia Grill Restaurant
Salem, OR: Borders Books & Music
Selma, OR: The G-Spot
Talent, OR: Avalon, Inti, Kindred Spirits, Talent Market
Williams, OR: Cocina7, Pacifica, Provolt Grange, Williams Grange
Wolf Creek, OR: Wolf Creek Inn
Corning, NY: Soulful Cup
Ithaca, NY: Moosewood Restaurant
Watkins Glen, NY: Rooster Fish Pub
Bainbridge Island, WA: Pegasus Coffee House
Seattle, WA: Hempfest - mainstage
Vashon Island, WA: Café Luna
SOUTHERN OREGON WINERIES AND TASTING ROOMS:
Cliff Creek Cellars: Gold Hill, OR
Grizzly Peak Winery: Ashland, OR
Longsword/Flying High Vineyard: Applegate, OR
Kriselle Cellars: White City, OR
Paschal Winery : Talent, OR
Pebblestone Winery: Phoenix, OR
South Stage Cellars: Jacksonville, OR
2 HawkWinery: Phoenix, OR
Troon Vineyards: Grants Pass, OR
Wild Rose Vineyard: Winston, OR
Lucky Seven Casino: Crescent City, OR
7 Feathers Casino: Canyonville, OR
Kla mo ya Casino: Klamath Falls, OR
Chico, CA: Wild Mountain Music Festival
Crescent City, CA: 2013 Sea Cruise
Mt. Shasta, CA: Mt. Shasta Gathering of the Tribes Music Festival, Sacred Mountain Music and Arts Festival, WESAK
Ashland, OR: Ashland Blues Festival, Ashland Country Fair, Greensprings Mtn. Festival, Jackson County Fuel Commission Fundraiser, Midsummer’s Dream Art and Music Festival, Mystic Garden Festival, Oregon Honey Festival, Relay For Life, Rogue Valley TV Music Series, World Wellness Weekend
Cave Junction/Takilma, OR: Hope Mountain Barter Faire, Shining Stars Festival, Women’s Day Café
Canyonville, OR: 2014 Cayonville Concert Series
Corvallis, OR: Corvallis Yoga Center Benefit,
Grants Pass, OR: Boatnick – 2013, 2008 Concerts in the Park - Featured Artist; & Back to the 50’s- 2012/2013, 2014, Josephine County Fairgrounds, Mother’s Day Pow Wow
Medford, OR: State Farm Summer Concert Series - 2010,
Merlin, OR: Merlin Summer Concert Series – 2011-2013, Merlin May Celebration
Provolt, OR: Provolt Grange - Provolt Motorcycle Rally
Rogue River, OR: 2011, 2012, 2013 Rooster Crow Celebration
Roseburg, OR: SpringFest, Summer Concert Series 2011- 2013, UCAN Benefit
Selma, OR: Hemp Expo 2010-2012, Mystic Garden
Takilma, OR: Barter Fair - all years
Williams, OR: Cycle Oregon, Friends of Living Oregon Waters Benefit
Veneta, OR: Oregon Country Fair
Elmira, NY: Tanglewood Nature Center Grand Opening
Seattle, WA: HempFest - Mainstage
CD AIRPLAY AND DISTRIBUTION:
Southern Oregon Public Radio – Open Air – Ashland, OR
ROOTSTIME Radio Show – Belgium
KLDR - 102.7 - Grants Pass, OR
KROG – 96.9 – Medford, OR
Pacific Songwriting Competition – Selected Artist on the Podcast Show @ Pacific Songwriting Competition – podcast show #PSC011: http//:www.pacificsongwritingcompetition.com/psc/podcast.php
2003 Oasis Blues Sampler
2007 Concerts in the Park CD
Soundtrack Express Interactive Media – http:///www.transmx.com
Imaginary Records – CD Distribution: http://imaginaryrecords.com
CDBaby – CD Distribution: http://cdbaby.com
LIVE RADIO SHOWS AND INTERVIEWS:
KROG – 96.9 - Medford, OR
The Voice of Vashon – Vashon, WA – http://voiceofvashon.org
Portland Indy Media – Portland, OR – http://portlandindymedia.org