‘Like a fine red wine, Lenni’s sound is full, vibrant, smoky and sensual, and where a good vintage might carry hints of cherry or chocolate, her rich and velvety voice and style is reminiscent of the 20th century’s best loved female jazz vocalists.’ J.D. Carpenter, Author/Jazz Poet
Lenni’s performance style and sound is reminiscent of the early popular jazz vocalists and popular singers such as Peggy Lee, Doris Day and Judy Garland. Classy, sassy and sophisticated, she is a highly versatile entertainer. Her strong stage presence, musicality, diverse repertoire and sense of humour make for a truly enjoyable and memorable audience experience.
Sun Media’s County Weekly News described her as ‘…quickly becoming recognized as an amazing talent, having a distinctive vocal magic. Her voice is beautiful, sensual and vibrant.’ Her vocal prowess is immediately evident, expressing the romance, energy, pathos and humour in traditional jazz and Broadway classics penned by the great composers of the American Songbook, Swing, and Torch Ballads. ‘I am passionate about the music I sing, and have great respect for the lyrics and being true to their story’.
The Lenni Stewart Jazz Trio with bassist Howard Baer and guitarist Michael Monis perform throughout Ontario in a wide variety of venues, in concert and for private events. Lenni also collaborates as lead vocalist with a number of groups including ‘Talk of the Town’, The Starpainters and Stewart & Gallo. In addition, she has featured as guest vocalist with the Lenny Graf’s Platinum Orchestra, The Commodores, Dan Shaer’s Variety Dance Band, Cadillacs Showband, the Trentones, and the Big 8 Harmonizers. A favorite career highlight is when she toured twice across Canada as opening act for Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney with tenor Julian Gallo in the nostalgic production’Let’s Put On A Show’, travelling from Whitehorse to Sydney and appearing in many of Canada’s most beautiful theatres.
Born in Toronto, Lenni moved with her family to a hobby farm in Prince Edward County at the age of 10. It was there that she continued playing her 6-string guitar and singing folk and popular songs as a solo performer and with the original Lenni Stewart (acoustic) Trio. Before long, she was getting a reputation as a ‘County Sweetheart’, working with local area singers Jeanette Arsenault, Emily Fennel, Suzanne Pasternak and author Janet Kellough in a series of concerts entitled the ‘Madwomen of Marysburgh’. Performing all-original material, with short stories weaved in, the group soon established a strong following, adding special guests over the latter few concerts including award-winning Canadian blues singer Georgette Fry. It was a great way to promote an already growing career and Lenni soon became known as a major local talent, eventually branching out into Broadway, Jazz and Big Band music, and working with many talented Canadian musicians. She continues this path however occasionally brings out her sturdy 6-string to revisit her roots with some good old-fashioned folk and contemporary hits. She is reviving the original acoustic trio with Eric Fry and John Devries and plans on a jazz CD in the very near future.