Drummer and vocalist
Jimmy Fenno was born on Bastille Day,
1958 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. At a very early age,
his family moved to southern California.
At age eight he began drumming on the family pots and pans while singing along with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Louis Jordan. With encouragement from his father and his many music teachers, Jimmy played drums in bands and sang in vocal groups from elementary school through college.
Jimmy began experimenting with jazz, African rhythms and non-traditional percussion while in college in Santa Ana, California. Jimmy’s musical roots are firmly planted in the Swing, R&B, Motown, Blues and Rock. His vocal leanings are definitely swinging. His interpretations of Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Louis Jordan and Louis Armstrong are always a hit at our performances.
Some of notable performers Jimmy has performed and toured with are The W.C. Clark Blues Revue, Mr. Fabulous & Casino Royale, Joe Detroit Junior, Chicago Bob Nelson, The Shrimp City Slim Band, and many others.
His wife, Lucinda, is also a woodwind player who recently retired from the National Guard band at Camp Mabry. Together they are raising two young boys, both of whom have musical aspirations.
He has performed jazz at venues such as Disneyland and the LA Jazz Bakery. Past musical collaborations include performances with groups as diverse as the Redlands Zanja 8, East Babylon Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently the Sangeet Millenium ensemble, an Indian-jazz fusion group. As a composer he is currently focusing on music that combines aspects of the classical and jazz genres.
Monte gained his experience through his travels and is no stranger to the road. From 1997-2003, Monte toured the US, Canada and Japan with "Yesterday–A Tribute To The Beatles," performing the role of George Harrison.
Monte has entertained solo, armed only with his acoustic guitar and outstanding singing style. He has provided music for a wide variety of events and has the capability to 'read the audience' and give them what they want. Monte is equally comfortable providing background music at a corporate mixer as he is presenting a high-energy show.
He is fluent in and sings in Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese and insists that, though a native Texan, he is still studying English as a foreign language. He clearly has no idea what he wants to do if he grows up. All suggestions will be indulged. Nerds of the world, unite!