209 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
Multi-talented Jennifer Hart has been capturing hearts in Southern California since she settled here in 1990 after a decade of performing in jazz clubs, festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Scandinavia, Northern Europe and Singapore. She truly is an International talent, and has received the highest critical acclaim both here and abroad.
She grew up in Iowa and had many early musical experiences singing and playing the piano and saxophone with her 4 older sisters and in church and school groups. After getting her music degree in college, she taught music in Milwaukee where she discovered jazz. Although Jennifer always loved to sing and tell stories through music, she engaged in several other careers before deciding in 1986 to take a chance and become a fulltime singer. She worked in clubs in Denver, CO and recorded her debut album, “FACES OF THE HeART” with award winning pianist Rob Mullins, which won second place as “Best Vocalist” in the Colorado Composer’s Classic Competition.
Opportunities arose to perform in Europe so for 4 years she divided her time between Colorado and Europe, performing and recording with the late internationally know bassist Red Mitchel, (a former member of Gerry Mulligan’s quartet) and Swedish jazz pianist Jan Strinnholm. Palm Springs beckoned next along with Singapore and a cruise ship stint. Eventually she moved to Orange County, got married and spent some time outside of music.
But Jennifer Hart loved music too much and was too much of a talent to stay away for long. Since her return, she has appeared as guest vocalist for the Cypress Pops Orchestra and the Capistrano Valley Symphony and became the featured vocalist with the Frank Amoss Orchestra, Arlene and the Guys Big Band, Slide FX Band, Windmill Big Band, the Jerry Mandel Jazz band and the Jazz Lite Octet. Currently she is the vocalist with the South Coast Swing Band. She has been featured in one-woman shows, performed with her niece, opera singer Laurinda Nikkel, in the Nikkel-Hart Revue and has been showcased in dinner shows as a singer-pianist on the Queen Mary and at the Mission Inn, as well as other local restaurants and clubs. Her second CD Close to My Heart, was completed in 2004 and she was chosen as the June 2004 winner in the KLAC radio FABULOUS FINDS contest. Recently with the Hart & Soul duo, she collaborated with pianist-arranger-composer Llew Matthews, having a very successful show at the Orange County Pavilion that is available on CD and DVD, as well as the Hart and Soul CD.
Jennifer sings phonetically in eight languages, plays soulful and swinging piano and has a huge repertoire ranging from jazz and vintage standards to country and contemporary pop tunes, spanning from Duke Ellington to Elton John. She also performs inspirational material in New Thought churches throughout Southern California and brightens the lives of hundreds of residents in Senior Living facilities in the Orange County/Los Angeles area.
Wherever and whatever songs she sings, Jennifer Hart’s music is straight from the HEART!!!
Michael Le Van
Michael Le Van began his lifetime pursuit of music at nine years old. Classically trained, he graduated from California State University, Fullerton, California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition. There he studied with master teacher Earl Voorhies, himself a pupil of Alexander Siloti, one of Liszt’s favorite students.
As a jazz pianist, he studied for some time with Buddy Motsinger, accompanist for Billie Holiday. Largely self taught, he learned much through numerous collaborations and by listening intently to the masters. His most notable influences include Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Clark, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock.
He has performed extensively in both classical and jazz venues and with musicians such as Barbara Morrison, David Enos, John Ferraro, Putter Smith, Kevin Tullius, Ramon Banda, Tim Pleasant, Jeff Littleton, Peter Buck, Chuck Manning, Bruce Lett, Luther Hughes, Kendall Kaye, Dustin Haner, Jotty Johnson, and Isla Eckinjer.
His trio has played to the acclaim of music critics and record reviewers, who have written widely about Michael’s uniquely lyrical and harmonically subtle style.