Two successful partnerships, two strong voices, two excellent musicians unite to form a great musical format.
Kay and Kent Ellingson and Jennifer Martin and her husband Greg Herring combine to double your pleasure, double your fun!
The music is an exciting blend of Jazz standards, Latin tunes, Pop, and even a little Country. Kay and Jennifer both sing lead and harmony with Kent, sometimes, throwing in that third harmony part. Kent is magical on keys and Greg on drums creates the groups infectious rhythms. Bass and horns are added to the mix for larger venues.
Together their vast experience, talent, and passion create a sound you won’t want to miss!
Kent Ellingson has been active in the Dallas/Ft. Worth music scene since arriving to the area in the early 1980’s. He graduated with a master’s in Music from University of North Texas in 1983. Kent is the jazz piano instructor for Collin County Community College in Plano and is a performing member with the faculty jazz group. Kent has appeared in concert with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Bob Mincer, Greg Bissonett, Chris Vadala, Kevin Mahogany, and others. Kent is the music director of the Booker T. Washington High School for the performing and visual arts. He is also the music director for the Cathedral of Light Church in Carrollton, where he has been involved musically since 1991.
Jennifer Martin is a dynamic vocalist and entertainer. She began her musical career in New York City’s famous Greenwich Village at Gerde’s Folk City. Jennifer played numerous clubs in New York. She was recruited by the Bitter End Coffee House Circuit and appeared in Colleges and Universities across the country.
She moved to Toronto, Canada and established a successful Country Rock band where she was the lead singer and the band’s bass player.
She returned to the US and toured extensively playing hotels and clubs performing jazz, standards, and pop.
Though Jennifer’s focus is jazz, her vast experience with various musical genres has given her a style all her own which appeals to a wide variety of audiences.
Kay Ellingson’s smooth and silky style has earned Kay Ellingson a loyal fan base that circles the globe. That is no surprise, though, to anyone who has enjoyed a performance by this “small but mighty” singer with a dynamic range of voice and style. Beloved by audiences for years, she is a staple at local college jazz programs when she is not performing with the Center Stage party band and her own jazz group. She has performed at the Dallas Museum of Art, appeared in the Sammons Center Cabaret Series, and is a regular in the Dallas/Fort Worth club scene.
Greg Herring is an experienced drummer, versatile in all genres. Greg is the Canadian husband of Jennifer Martin. He was the drummer in her band in Canada in the 70’s, playing the famous Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Greg has been a professional for many years beginning with leading his own group in university. He taught drums and was the drummer for various bands playing pop, country and jazz in clubs through out Canada including playing at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta. Now he is playing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, appearing at The Kitchen, Stoney’s Wine Lounge and is a regular at Soho.