Fleming’s CD release goes on despite of weather

In performance, Jeni Fleming’s group from left includes Craig Hall on guitar, Fleming on vocals, Sean Lehmann on bass, Jake Fleming on saxophone, and Adam Greenberg on drums. Not pictured is keyboardist Chris Cundy.

Winter’s first appearance in Billings didn’t keep about a hundred friends and fans of Jeni Fleming from turning out for the Bozeman-based jazz artist’s CD release party on Friday evening at the Billings Depot.

In the Depot’s dimly lit space Fleming expressed gratitude to her fans for braving the roads. “It is so nice to be back in Billings,” she said.

With a sense of humor about her, Fleming joked her band only seems to travel to Billings when the weather is terrible. Leaving for Billings at the “crack of noon,” she said, the group embarked on treacherous travel across I-90. Fleming estimated they were witness to more than 15 wrecks before arriving in Billings—only to snap the key off in the trailer’s lock due to the frigid temperatures. After breaking into their own trailer, the group quickly prepped for the evening, appearing only a bit shaken.
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Bozeman’s Jeni Fleming releases seventh album

Jeni Fleming brings her new album to the Billings Depot Nov. 19.

Bozeman’s classically trained jazz artist Jeni Fleming comes to the Depot on Friday, Nov. 19 to celebrate the release of her seventh album, “Come to Life.” Of her seventh album, Fleming said, “the other six albums were a warm-up. I feel like I’m finally discovering how to sing, how to honestly represent myself as a musician.”

“Come to Life” is a collection of original songs, jazz standards and re-arranged pop/rock tunes, and Fleming’s first recording with her current six-piece group. The album features several original tunes written by Fleming’s husband and bandmate Jake Fleming, as well as covers of Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground” and Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”

The group performs Friday at the Billings Depot. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, costing $15, are available at the door or in advance at Rimrock Mall Guest Services Kiosk, online at www.tickets300.com, or by phone at 1-800-514-2849.

Fleming also performs Missoula on Nov. 20, and has concerts scheduled in Whitefish on Dec. 18 and in Kalispell on Dec. 19. Visit www.jenifleming.com for details.

Jeni Fleming returns to Red Lodge

Jeni Fleming’s “December”

Jeni Fleming returns to Red Lodge’s Roman Theater for a concert Dec. 17 as part of a regional tour to support her new album, “December.”

Fleming will appear with her five-piece band, composed of Chris Cundy-Hammond on piano, Sean Lehman on bass, Adam Greenberg on drums, Craig Hall on electric guitar, and her husband Jake Fleming on acoustic guitar and saxophone.

The sophisticated and graceful Bozeman-based songstress is heavily influenced by jazz but delivers emotional performances rooted in a variety of genres. On albums her voice soars through a medley of classically based jazz and pop tunes.

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