Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Zanni, Eve, vocalist, composer, lyricist; b. Hollywood, CA, 1954. She grew up
Southern California and the Bay Area, then moved to Europe at age 17 for 9 years. Her father is Herman (born South Philadelphia 1911). He played harmonica (was member of Harmonicats in the 1930's) and was a guitarist/clarinetist/vocalist/artist/ Hollywood film studio set builder/carpenter/political activist. Her mother, Frances (b. 1918, southern New Jersey, d. 1965), was a vocalist/homemaker/political activist. Her brother Stuart (b. 1943, Philadelphia, PA), is a bass player, cello-bass, player and Balkan telinka player. He has classical and jazz training and became internationally known playing in bands such as Canned Heat, Kaleidoscope, Brave Old World, Geoff Muldaur, Ry Cooder, Aman and numerous World Music/traditional music ensembles including Bulgarian, Klezmer, Gypsy, Greek, Persian, Cajun.
Eve studied voice, cello, violin, guitar (childhood) then worked as solo vocalist and in harmony ensembles from high school on, studied jazz vocals (standard repertoire) and vocal harmony in family, Berkeley High School, collected/studied ethnic music in Ireland, England, Scotland, Greece, Bachelor of Music-major in Voice, minor in Theory/Composition from Hunter College, studied vocal jazz/jazz theory with Barry Harris, Judy Niemack; Latin & Brasilian song and percussion with Lazaro Pedroso (in Cuba), Cafe, Vanderlei Perreira, Vera Mara, Annette Lipson, studied Irish song, penny whistle, percussion with The Keenan Family in Ireland.
She was leader/founder of the vocal group The Sweethots (FOUNDED WHAT YEAR?). She's been the organizer and performer in The Annual Lester Young Celebration at Saint Peter's Church, NYC. She was married to John Keenan (deceased in 2000) Irish tenor banjo/whistle virtuoso of the famed Irish traveling family (brother Paddy Keenan, Uileann piper). She gave birth to son Sean-Francis (KEENAN OR ZANNI?) in 1975 who is vocalist/guitarist/songwriter.
Songs for Modern Mermaids (2000); She's featured on tenor saxophonist Billy Smith's CD and Tennessee Jazz Festival compilation
"The Big Broadcast" WFUV with The Sweethots, 1980, 1990
"What's Ailing/Healing America" with Sue Maskaleris, Jazzbeaux Collins with The Sweethots
Vocals, tin whistle in soundtrack of "The Swashbuckler"
Mentioned in Jazz Singing by Will Friedwald, Ella Fitzgerald Biography by Stuart
Nicholson, Lester Leaps In, by Dr. Douglas Henry Daniels
Won first place, for vocals in international music competition at UCLA in 1979