Jeannine Otis

Singer, actress, and pianist Jeannine Otis has musical roots founded in the pure sounds of gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz. She is a graduate of Wellesley College where she was a Presser Music Scholar, the first and only African-American to win that award, and she also holds a Masters Degree from Emerson College in Boston where she was a teaching fellow.

She first toured as a vocalist with the group Kool & The Gang whose co-founder, George Brown, continues to be one of her musical mentors.

Another important collaborator and supporter has been saxophone legend Grover Washington, Jr. Her talents can be heard on the recording Do Dot, a smooth jazz classic she performed with Washington. Ms. Otis has also worked with trumpeter Donald Byrd, folk hero Pete Seeger, and Oscar winning film composer Eliot Goldenthal, to name a few.

Her recordings include the recently re-released “Magic Song”, performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic. You can read more about her dynamic career at

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
Actor Birdland 1978-79 Season