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Jennifer Grantham

Jennifer Grantham

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Jennifer Grantham is an educator and musician based in New York City, and is
    currently serving as the Program and Production Coordinator for Jazz House KiDS
    newest partnership, Jazz House @ Trinity, located in lower Manhattan.

    Grantham’s career began in Michigan, where, while attending Central Michigan
    University studying saxophone with Professor John Nichol, she discovered the impact
    one can have on the lives of children through music education. She continued her
    education at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where
    she was able to explore jazz studies and jazz education with Professor Rick VanMatre
    and Dr. James Bunte. After graduating with her Masters degree, she worked for the
    Preparatory Department at CCM, going on to found the CCM Summer Jazz Academy,
    the Cincinnati Youth Jazz Orchestra, and manage a thriving jazz program that impacted
    the lives of hundreds of kids throughout her tenure. In addition to her work at CCM
    Preparatory Department, Jennifer was an in-demand private lesson instructor, working
    with students at all levels, from beginners creating their first, wonderful sounds to
    student artists with burgeoning careers in jazz and classical performance.
    Jennifer’s crowning achievement while in Cincinnati was being selected to serve on the
    council that produced the We Create Jazz festival, a women–focused jazz performance
    and education event throughout the greater–Cincinnati area. In addition to managing
    events and marketing for this multi–venue, multi–date festival, Jennifer founded and
    directed Cincinnati’s first all–female big band.

    As a classical and commercial musician in Cincinnati, Grantham performed with the
    Springfield Symphony, Seven Hills Sinfonietta, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra,
    Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Flying Circus Big Band, and with
    international performers such as Idina Menzel and The Temptations. Grantham has also
    performed at numerous regional, national, and international conferences of the North
    American Saxophone Alliance and World Saxophone Congress, and was a featured
    soloist at the Midwest Clinic. Additionally, Jennifer performs in a variety of other styles
    and settings, including salsa, funk and fusion, wedding bands, and as a reed player, has
    performed in over 50 musicals.

    Bachelor of Music (2001), Central Michigan University
    Master of Music (2005), University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
    Doctor of Musical Arts (anticipated 2023), University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

    Professional Experience

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education


    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • Chicago/Midwest

    Interested in touring?

    • Yes

    Maestra Expertise

    • Music Director/Conductor (Baton)
    • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
    • Music Transcriber
    • Voice Teacher (Educational Institution)

    Primary Instruments

    • Bassoon
    • Clarinet
    • Flute
    • Piccolo
    • Saxophone


    • Finale

    Current Student?

    • Yes