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Jean Lenke


Crossover Jazz Folk Fusion artist Jean Lenke has been creating diverse live music for many years in the Philadelphia area and is now starting new adventures in Washington’s great northwest. As a performing artist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader she brings the joy of her parent’s music of the 1940’s together with the spirit of the Folk & Jazz-Rock Fusion soundtrack of her own youth in an eclectic mix ~ familiar, yet slightly off center, with haunting appeal.

Musically, Jean’s approach is free spirited and bold, crossing boundaries and mixing genres with a wild creative hand. Artfully blending the magic of the past with the energy of the future Jean's delivery is transportive, melting hearts with her a crystal clear tone and sultry warmth.

“I started my musical career late in life, so there’s never been any time to waste! My love of music had always been there - I just needed to tap into my own voice. Over the past 10 years I’ve learned that it’s never too late to recreate yourself.”

Jean Lenke's debut album, Restless (12.13.19) is as diverse as Jean is and highlights her musical creativity brilliantly! Restless! includes covers & original material by Jean, Philadelphia songwriters James Soloman, Danie Ocean and Canadian David R. Miller. Fresh lyrics to classic instrumental standards and new interpretations of Joni Mitchel & Steely Dan favorites round out the project brilliantly!

"Everything I know about music, I learned in Philadelphia. Philly tough me to sing, to write, and to fly free. When I realized I as moving west to Seattle, I knew I had to record my musical experiences before I left. Sometimes you just need to get off the couch and go for it! Whatever is pulling you forward, don’t settle. Give in to your own restlessness. Be brave! Just go for it and see where things land! You'll never regret it.” ~ Jean Lenke

Jean is also the creator and manager of the The Red Rose Project, and all women's Jazz performance collective that celebrates women composers & lyricist. Visit for more information. www.tinyurl.com/redrosecombo


Betty Carter
voice / vocals
Al Jarreau
voice / vocals
Abbey Lincoln
voice / vocals
Carmen McRae
voice / vocals
Joni Mitchell
voice / vocals
Anita O'Day
voice / vocals
Eva Cassidy
voice / vocals
Gregory Porter
voice / vocals
Anita Baker
voice / vocals


Concert Schedule

Nov 17 Fri

Album Discography

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