ABOUT 2018-02-06T23:02:32+00:00
Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer started her music career at 3-years old, singing on stage for her big sister’s Kindergarten graduation. Growing up, she was an active member in the church and she was a part of the praise & worship music leaders for her youth group for more than 6 years. She studied voice, dance, guitar, piano and theater. At the University of Florida, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering with a minor in Music. Jennifer has written and recorded multiple pop/rock and jazz albums including her all original children’s album, “Rise & Shine… It’s Time to Play” which is featured on Pandora. She has been performing across the U.S., in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Cincinnati for more than 20 years.

The Jennifer Ellis Jazz trio presents the perfect tone for casual conversation or elegant, intimate dining. Jennifer’s jazz repertoire focuses on the great standards of Cole Porter, Gershwin & Heyward, and many others including: Ain’t Misbehavin, All of Me, Bewitched, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, Embraceable You, Fly me to the moon, Girl from Impanema, I Can’t Give You Anything but love, I Got Rhythm, It’s Only a Paper Moon, It had to be you, It Don’t mean a thing, Love is here to stay, Lullaby of Birdland, Moon River, My Funny Valentine, My Favorite Things, Someone to Watch Over Me, Somewhere over the rainbow, and many more.

Jennifer has resided in Cincinnati, Ohio for more than 10 years, and she performs regularly for family-friendly concerts and jazz clubs.

Artswave Blue Ash Events Cincinnati Children's Hospital Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens Cincinnati Family Magazine The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Duke Energy Cincinnati Children's Museum Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets Kenwood Country Club   PNC Pavillion RiverbendFox 19 NowConquer the Hill - Indian Hill Foundation 5K Race and Walk Dav 5K

Past Performances

The Roxy-L.A., Hard Rock Café – LA, The Joint-L.A., Pershing Square-L.A., The Mint-L.A., Genghis Cohen-L.A., Luna Park-L.A., Prego-LA, Border’s Books & Music-L.A., Rusty’s Surf Ranch-L.A., TJ Charlie’s-L.A., Highland Grounds-LA, Crooked Bar-L.A., Max’s-L.A., Elbow Room-NYC, Chelsea Piers-NYC, Hard Rock Café-Atlanta, Eddie’s Attic-Atlanta, 191 Club-Atlanta, Border’s Books & Music-Atlanta, Limerick Junction-Atlanta, Front Page News-Atlanta, WXIA-TV Feature Musician on Peachtree Morning Atlanta, GA, Rio Bravo-Atlanta, Jocks-N-Jills-Atlanta, Frankie’s-Atlanta, Red Light Cafe-Atlanta, The Mill-Atlanta, Maestro’s Cafe-Atlanta, Oceanside Casino-San Diego, Heritage Club-Gainesville, FL, Thomas Center-Gainesville, FL, Downtown at the Gardens, FL, The Kravis Center, FL, Wonder Works Children’s Museum – Chicago

Cincinnati Tri-State Area

Kidchella sponsored by Cincinnati Family Magazine, Yesterday’s Cafe and Tea Room, Blue Ash Recreation Center, St. Paul, Cumin Eclectic Cuisine, Awakenings Hyde Park, Madiera Library, The Deupree House, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Blue Ash Concert Series on Blue Ash Square Ampitheater, Iron Horse Inn, Washington Opera House-Maysville, KY, Momtopia-Dayton Mall, OH, Hyde Park Square, Madeira Daisy & Junior Scouts, Meier’s Wine & Art Festival, Cincinnati Country Day School, Season’s, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Kenton County Public Library, Summer Shazaam Series at Beech Acres Park Amphitheater, Firehouse Grill, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Sawyer Point, Bluegrass for Babies , Cincinnati Children’s HospitalFox 19, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market,  Wee Folk Festival – Magic of Art with Children, Inc, Loveland Art Studios on main, Taste of BelgiumThrough the GardenCincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden , Diggs Bar & Grill, Summerfair, Relay for LifeRiverbend Music CenterWashington PlatformThe Mall at Fairfield Commons-Dayton,OH, The Phelps Bar/Top of the Park @ Residence Inn Downtown-Cincinnati, Wurst Bar in Mt. Lookout, Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle ShopHamilton County FairIvy Hills Country ClubKenwood Country ClubSymphony HotelMac’s Pizza PubDeSha’swww.dav5k.orgMVP Sports BarBrewRiver GastroPub

Music Experience

  • Children’s Entertainer – Jennifer Ellis Music (2010-Present)
  • Lead Vocalist – Bobby Sharp Jazz Trio (2008-Present)
  • Band Leader – Jennifer Ellis Jazz Trio (2001-Present)
  • Music Director – Northside Christian Church (2017-2018)
  • Band Leader – Runaway Sidecar Acoustic Duo (2015-2017)
  • Director of IT, Communications & Business Development – Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts (2013-2017)
  • Music Instructor – Mehas Music (2012)
  • Music Teacher – St. Paul Preschool (2011-2013)
  • Voice Teacher – Jennifer Ellis Music (2001-2003)
  • Band Leader – Stirling Band (1997-2001)
  • Vocalist – Chamber Singers, Gainesville, FL (1995-1997)
  • Vocalist – Pizzazz, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1989-1993)
  • Winner (Vocalist) – All-State Musical Excellence Representative for Palm Beach County, FL (1991 & 1993)
  • Winner (Whistler) – Solider’s Song by Bemstein, Tampa Convention Center, FL (1991)
  • Youth Worship Leader – Maranatha, Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1987-1993)
  • Vocalist – Toured Florida with Ensemble (Summer 1992)
  • Vocalist – Toured France with Ensemble (Spring 1996)
  • Band Leader & Manager – Toured New York City (September 1999 & June 2000)


  • Bachelor’s Degree – Computer Science & Engineering, University of Florida (1997)
  • Minor in Music, University of Florida (1997)


  • Session Vocalist – (1998-Present)
  • Co-singer/songwriter – Everyone is Someone Album Single “What if Everyone Did” with David Kisor, Children’s Inc. (2012)
  • Singer/Songwriter/Arranger – Rise & Shine… It’s Time to Play full album (2011)
  • Singer/Songwriter/Arranger – Just a Little Jazz demo album (2002)
  • Singer/Songwriter/Arranger – Stirling demo album (1998)


  • Sight-reading, improvisation, music composition, and music directing
  • Music software editing experience including Logic Pro, Audacity, Sound Forge, Audition, ProTools, as well as other software including WordPress, Microsoft Office, PhotoShop, CSS
  • Management, marketing, sales, leadership, and consulting skills
  • Guitar Lessons with John Redell (2015-2016)
  • Guitar Lessons in Atlanta (1997-1999)
  • Voice/Opera Lessons with Malcolm Arnold (1993-1995)
  • Voice/Opera Lessons with Demetra George (1990-1993)
  • Additional instruments – ukulele, piano, whistle, maracas, shaker, tambourine


Jennifer has a way of being able to engage her audience and draw them into the evening’s festivities making it fun and enjoyable for everyone. Hits the old standards with a contemporary feel and energy.”

Keith Lehker, Assistant General Manager, Iron Horse Restaurant, www.ironhorseinn.com

Jennifer Ellis is an entertainer of children of all ages.  From young toddlers to pre-teens, Jennifer has the ability to mesmerize any audience with her lively music. She even uses Jazz music to teach about History.  We’ve enjoyed working with Jennifer at Cincinnati Museum Center and look forward to working with her in the future.”

Claire Pollock, Director of Public Education, Cincinnati Museum Center, www.cincymuseum.org

Vocalist Jennifer Ellis delivers the lyrics of the Great American Songbook with love and freshness; smooth vocals and heartfelt sincerity.  Her up-beat personality shines through connecting to audiences of all ages.”

Mike Thomas, Producing Director of Washington Opera House.

“Jennifer is a musical smorgasbord.  When we first met she was singing jazz standards with a good friends trio.  Her voice was terrific, full bodied and right on everything.  Later, when we got to talking, she told me that she had chased the star-maker machine in LA in a band with her twin sister!  She sent me the LA demos and, boom, there was a whole other side fab of Jen. Then, in a subsequent chat, Jennifer told me that both she and her sister wrote songs for children and that she was planning on doing a jazzish children’s album. Jen knows what she wants, has the palette to pull it off, the experience and the entertainment skills, conceptually, vocally and instrumentally, to reach her goals which she sets very high.”

Stan Hertzman, Artist Manager

Jennifer’s enthusiasm for music is apparent every time she steps into the classroom. Her talent and zest set her apart from so many others. Because of her natural way with children and her understanding of their needs, the students want to learn and please. Her music classes are always the first to fill up. She is a favorite of our students and our parents. She is always professional, appropriate and fun. She is truly one of a kind!”

Julie Rammacher, Director of St. Paul Nursery School, www.stpaulns.com

We recently had the opportunity to have the Jennifer Ellis band perform at our Christmas party at the Savannah Center.  Never having entertainment at any of our past Christmas parties, we were a little unsure of the direction to take for entertainment.  Jennifer’s band played in a jazz format and they were absolutely amazing.  They performed a variety of music that set a perfect tone for the rest of the evening.  The music was never overpowering; just a perfect compliment to the party.  In fact, they actually had one of our employees join them for a couple of songs.  I received so many positive comments from our employees.  I am sure we will use Jennifer’s band in the future and would recommend to anyone that wants to enjoy top-notch entertainment.

Lisa Bibee, Executive Assistant, Home Care by Black Stone, www.blackstonehc.com