Born: July 27 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Recording artist, Jennifer Bryce At Last) serves up a cocktail of classic jazz, originals and vintage and contemporary pop & soul a la Tuck and Patti with a shot of Aretha, Annie Lennox and John Mayer stirred in. While her tone and phrasing has been compared to Sarah Vaughn, legendary gospel singer, Dr. Horace Boyer called her delivery “testifyin” and avant garde singer Meredith Monk says “Jennifer has an unusual musical gift.” Jennifer has toured domestically and in Europe and is the recipient of a Whammie Award for her vocal stylings. Jennifer Bryce was moved to sing at age 7 when she first heard a recording of Ella Fitzgerald. Since then her musical influences have ranged from Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, Etta James .to Gal Costa Her mother, Julia Banks Bryce, a well-known regional painter and father, writer, A.W. Bryce, gave her a childhood steeped in the contrasts of high-culture urban New York and the lush forests of Vermont on her grandparents farm. The contrast of the natural world and the urban mosaic continue to inform her sensibility to this day: a sense of color and balance, rhythm and stillness. On her own at age 15, Jennifer opened the door to all the variety Life has to offer: gypsies and prep schools, the streets and the rivers, the sacred and the profane. At 16 she made her professional debut and toured with classical and flamenco guitarist, Juan de la Sierra and toured New England, Spain and Portugal for several years.
She attended school at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and went on to get her Bachelor¹s degree in Theater after studying with many noted teachers: Simone Forti, Anne Bogart, Samuel Avital and John O¹Keefe, amongst others.
While in college she also was Artistic Director of New Studio Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts where such notables as writer, James Baldwin, dancer, Nancy Stark Smith and sax man, Archie Shepp graced the stage along with much experimental dance and theater.
Jennifer has played the Torch Singer in the West Coast touring production of Torch Song Trilogy, appeared as Hathor in John O¹Keefe¹s version of Osiris and Inga in LBD a film by Stacey Foiles which received the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She has also written and appeared in her own original theater work at Highways, in Los Angeles, First Night in Boston, The San Francisco Fringe Festival and many other venues.
In addition, Jennifer is the recipient of a Whammie Award for her vocal stylings. Jennifer currently lives and sings in San Francisco, California.