Jen de Ness Bio 2020

International Singer, Songwriter

Director Jen de Ness Music:  Entertainment, Compositions & Workshops

International Singer Songwriter Jen de Ness is a highly skilled, soulful performer who gives her all at every show, be it outdoor festivals or intimate clubs Jen “knows how to entertain an audience” (Crazy Coqs London) and from the moment this “accomplished performer” steps on stage her “distinct style is soothing and has the audience relaxing into the comfortable atmosphere she creates.”(Glam Adelaide)  Jen is often joined by her husband and fellow composer Bill Atkinson on guitar in various bands including Jen de Ness Sextet and de Ness Nu Vox.  

Previous performances have received rave reviews from Broadway World Review who declared their shows to be “Top Quality Cabaret!” with “ excellent song writing, magnificent singing and storytelling and very fine guitar playing” , Australian Theatre Guide describing it as “both polished and intimate”, Glam Adelaide giving 4.5 Stars and Pheasantry Club in London saying Jen’s performance was “sultry, scintillating, and completely mesmerising." 

Jen and Bill joined forces  again this year to present their original Musical "Green Tile Tango" for Perth Fringe where Weekendnotes declared that Jen's performance was " Engaging, relaxed and humorous, and (that she) had the audience in the palm of her metaphorical Parisian evening gloves... even 'dancing on the table' at one point."  declaring Jen to be "A natural between-songs 'chatter' and seasoned performer, having toured nationally and internationally, (who)  warmly connected with the audience.", noting  "the sold out crowd was lapping it up  and even getting involved..."  and concluding that this "lighthearted show with love-tinged jazz vocals and sassy moves should hit the spot and soothe the heart." 
 

“ Hopefully this accomplished performer will return to Adelaide soon. ★★★★ 1/2" GLAM ADELAIDE, 2016

" TOP QUALITY Cabaret" BROADWAY WORLD REVIEW 2016

"Sultry, scintillating and completely mesmerising.” Pheasantry club LONDON

RECORDING ARTIST:
Jen de Ness and her partner Bill Atkinson have produced various CDs including 4  original CDs Storyteller, Voice of Soul  (with a 20 piece women's choir conducted by Jen) & Give Your Heart (which was a not for profit CD with all the proceeds going to the National Heart Foundation) and the recent "See things like you" with 10 musicians featuring Vocals, Piano, Guitars, Saxophone, Bass, Drums, percussion, cello and violin. 

BUY CD HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/see-things-like-you/id1135281295

 

“SEE THINGS LIKE YOU IS TOP QUALITY!  This is one of those albums that you will find yourself listening to time and again. With a very fine group of musicians behind her, and de Ness using her exceptionally expressive voice to its full, this will become one of your favourite Albums. ” BROADWAY WORLD ALBUM REVIEW, 9th September 2016

“.. a stunning version of Cry Me a River which is worth buying the album for. Hopefully this accomplished performer will return to Adelaide soon. ★★★★ 1/2” Glam Adelaide, 2016

 

Jen de Ness Corporate and Festival Duo/Trio/Quartet: Previous clients include:  private and corporate clients,  Main Stage Fremantle Festival, Main Stage Victor Harbour Music Festival, Armadale Spring Festival, Fashion Show and Art Arwards, City of Stirling Sunset Veranda, Belmont Jazz in the Park 3 years, City of Subiaco 3 different Shows - Sunset at Subi and Subicaco Theatre, City of Perth in Forrest Chase concerts,  Hyatt Hotel Christmas Function and Restaurant, Sandalford Wineries, Government House Ballroom, Perth Concert Hall, Hamptons City Beach, Mindarie Quays, Fig Restaurants, Laneway Lounge, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Ellington Jazz Club, Fremantle Jazz Club

Jen de Ness Septet: Vocals, piano, guitar, saxophone, bass, percussion, hammond or drums.  Previous clients and performances include  Ellington Jazz Club, Subiaco Theatre, Fremantle Jazz Club, Jazz in the Park, corporate events, 

de Ness Sextet (with strings attached)  : Jen de Ness: Voice, Bill Atkinson:guitar, with bass, cello, violin and percussion: previous clients and performances include Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ellington Jazz Club, Subiaco Theatre, Fremantle Jazz Club and private corporate events. 

 Jen is also very popular as a solo artist and in duo with one of her jazz pianists or guitarists. Over the years Jen has had various long-term Jazz Duo & Trio residencies including Vic Hotel, Albion, Fig restaurants, Creatures Loft & Mindarie Marina, Gypsy Tapas and Mojos with other Perth performances at Ellington Jazz Club, Fremantle Jazz Club,  Subiaco Theatre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Kulcha Club, Laneway Lounge, Perth Concert Hall, Fly by night Club, and Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne, and La Boheme & Nexus Arts in Adelaide.

BOOK JEN FOR ORIGINAL AND SOULFUL, ENTERTAINMENT IN SOLO, DUO, OR TRIO OR LARGER UPTEMPO ACT: 0434 880 695 

“An Internationally seasoned performer ... had the audience in the palm of her metaphorical Parisian evening gloves.. Engaging, relaxed and humorous, Jen warmly connected with her audience, switching from Parisian character accents to cheerful, relaxo Australian The SOLD OUT crowd was lapping it up. ★★★★” — FRINGEWORLD 2019 WEEKEND NOTES

“De Ness’ distinct style is soothing and has the audience relaxing into the comfortable atmosphere she creates. Hopefully this accomplished performer will return to Adelaide soon. ★★★★ 1/2” — GLAM ADELAIDE

“Jen impressed us all at The Crazy Coqs in London - her musicality, her humour - she gets it, and she knows how to entertain an audience. We can't wait for her return!” - Crazy Coqs, LONDON

"Jen de Ness is an absolute tour de force! Sultry, scintillating and completely mesmerising. Jen knows how to command the stage, her musicality and sheer skill was evident at her Pheasantry performance - Fantastic!" - Pheasantry Club  LONDON


“Jen’s warm, smooth voice supported by great players and arrangements and a room full of smiles - the best night I've had at the Paris Cat. Please move to Melbourne so we can see more of Jen de Ness.” -Gregg Boalch fan at PARIS CAT JAZZ CLUB (Dec 2014)

"de Ness & Friends" & "Le Kabaret de Vous" 
Along with sound producer/guitarist/composer Bill Atkinson, Jen produced and directed her own live music, poetry and performance venue in Fremantle from 2007-2009 called, "de Ness & Friends".   de Ness & Friends  became a popular platform for professional singer/songwriters, poets, actors and Jen's own singing students to perform their shows and creative works in a supportive environment.

RECORDING ARTIST: 
Jen de Ness and her partner Bill Atkinson have produced various CDs including 3 all original CDs, “Storyteller”, “Voice of Soul” (with a 20 piece women's choir conducted by Jen) & “Give Your Heart” (which was a not for profit CD with all the proceeds going to the National Heart Foundation) 
“See things like you” is due for release in June 2016 and features 10 Australian Jazz and classical and contemporary musicians playing mostly Jen’s original compositions. 
Jen and Bill have also started recording their first Dance Groove Jazz CD entitled “Song in your Heart" 

CABARET FLOORSHOWS: GREEN TILE TANGO & FORGET ABOUT PIERRE!

"Everyone fits in, at the Green Tile Tango Club.” 

“An Internationally seasoned performer ... had the audience in the palm of her metaphorical Parisian evening gloves.. Engaging, relaxed and humorous, Jen warmly connected with her audience, switching from Parisian character accents to cheerful, relaxo Australian The SOLD OUT crowd was lapping it up. ★★★★”  FRINGEWORLD 2019 WEEKEND NOTES

“De Ness’ distinct style is soothing and has the audience relaxing into the comfortable atmosphere she creates. Hopefully this accomplished performer will return to Adelaide soon. ★★★★ 1/2” — GLAM ADELAIDE


A fun, entertaining story about the power of community as told by the characters who frequent the Green Tile Tango club. Their intertwining stories come to life through quick costume changes, fun, passionate storytelling, and a smorgasbord of original music and Tango dancing , crossed with fun sing-a-longs and French Cabaret to Boot! 

Sam gets his story, Jack gets his lesson, Esta and Michele find love and we all belt out, ‘Forget About Pierre!’ to help Jaquie reinvent herself. A visual and aural musical storytelling sing-a-long feast, with live musicians/singers and Tango dancers. 

International Singer Songwriter Jen de Ness is a highly skilled, soulful performer who gives her all at every show, be it outdoor concerts with thousands of festival goers or intimate jazz and cabaret clubs Jen "knows how to entertain an audience" (Crazy Coqs London) and from the moment this "accomplished performer" steps on stage her "distinct style is soothing and has the audience relaxing into the comfortable atmosphere she creates."(Glam Adelaide). 

In Green Tile Tango Jen is joined by fellow composer/guitarist Bill Atkinson, whose, “superb guitar work and vocal harmonies” (Broadway World Review) and “skilful playing and complimentary harmonies” (Glam Adelaide) helps “bring the stories to life as Jen inhabits her exotic characters… through attraction, passion and betrayal, all to the rhythm of the tango!” (Adelaide Theatre Guide) Jen and Bill first locked eyes in 1992 over the recording of Jen’s debut single at ABC Radio Perth (where Bill was Senior Music Producer/ Sound Tech for 12 years, recording numerous local and International Orchestras, jazz bands and original artists.) Jen and Bill began producing and writing songs together in 1996 and have been performing, writing, recording and producing original music and shows together ever since. 

Previous performances have received rave reviews in London and Nationally including Broadway World Review who concluded it to be “Top Quality Cabaret!" with " excellent song writing, magnificent singing and storytelling and very fine guitar playing." Weekend Notes WA noted that while “the sold-out crowd was lapping it up and even getting involved in the deliberately tongue-in-cheek ‘audience participation’ moments” that there was also a “beautiful original composition which evoked gorgeous, romantic carousel vibes.” . Australian Theatre Guide described their performance as "both polished and intimate", Glam Adelaide gave Jen's Nexus Show 4.5 Stars and Pheasantry Club in London said Jen is a “tour de force” and that her performance with her London jazz musicians, was "sultry, scintillating, and completely mesmerising."

“We loved every moment! A polished but warm and intimate performance, oozing incredible talent & passion. ★★★★★”


“Jen’s warm, smooth voice supported by great players and arrangements and a room full of smiles - the best night I've had at the Paris Cat. Please move to Melbourne so we can see more of Jen de Ness.” - PARIS CAT JAZZ CLUB (Dec 2014)

"de Ness & Friends" & "Le Kabaret de Vous" 
Along with sound producer/guitarist/composer Bill Atkinson, Jen produced and directed her own live music, poetry and performance venue in Fremantle from 2007-2009 called, "de Ness & Friends".   de Ness & Friends  became a popular platform for professional singer/songwriters, poets, actors and Jen's own singing students to perform their shows and creative works in a supportive environment.