About Jean Fineberg


Sister Sledge (“We Are Family") 
Chic (“Freak Out”)
Laura Nyro
David Bowie
Luther Vandross
Bo Diddley
The Four Tops
Martha and the Vandellas
Joe Cocker
Cornell Dupree
Leslie Gore
James Moseley Band
Linda Tillery & Skin Tight


Melba Liston Octet
Montclair Women’s Big Band
Manhattan Jazz Composers’ Orch. (Slide Hampton, Dir.)
Joe Henderson Memorial Big Band
Larry Elgart Orchestra
Ernie Small Big Band
Stan Rubin OrchestraWe Are Family album cover
Universal Jazz Coalition Big Apple Orchestra


Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock & Soul,

     Irwin Stambler, St. Martin’s Press, Cover
Saxophone Journal,Cover Feature
Feminists Who Changed America,
     Barbara Lowe, American Library Association
Stormy Weather,
     Linda Dahl, Pantheon Books
Madame Jazz, Leslie Gours  Oxford University Press 
AmerMWBB albumican Women in Jazz,
     Sally Placksin, Wideview Books 
  Eden Built By Eves,
     Bonnie J. Morris, Alyson Books
  For The Record,
 Irene Young, Olivia Records & Books


The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA, faculty
Penn State University, Clinician
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, faculty
Michigan Women’s Music Festival, Clinician
Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival., All-Star
Music Works, El Cerrito, CA


Penn State University, MEd, BS, BA
Indiana University Jazz Dept., Graduate study with David Baker
Private Saxophone study with: Joe Allard, George Coleman, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Sonny Stitt, Dave Liebman, Eddie Daniels
Private Drum study with: Alan Hall, David Garibaldi, John Mader


ASCAP Composers Awards (3 years)
Nat’l Endowment for the Arts Jazz Composition Fellowship Grant
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, Music Composition Grant
Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, Artist Residency in Music Composition
Anderson Center for the Arts, Minnesota, Artist Residency in Music Composition
The Studios of Key West, Florida, Artist Residency in MusicCompositionMeet the Composer Grants (3)
Panelist, San Francisco Arts Council
National Merit Music Scholarship
Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival, All-Star saxophonist and Combo Winner
 Stormy Weather


David Bowie, Young Americans
Sister Sledge, We Are Family
Chic, C’est Chic
Chic, Risque
Laura Nyro, Seasons of Light
Montclair Women’s Big Band, Montclair Women’s Big Band
DEUCE, Windjammer
ISIS, Breaking Through
ISIS, Ain’t No Backin’ Up Now
ISIS, Isis
John Tropea, Short Trip to Space
June Millington, Ticket to Wonderful
Michigan Women’s Music Fest, Live ‘85
Tammy Hall, Blue Soul
Latin Fever, Latin Fever
Teresa Trull, Let It Be Known
David Sydney Scott, David Sydney Scott

 Encyclopedia Pop Rock & SoulFeminists Who Changed AmericaMadame Jazz Cover

From The Press

Jean Fineberg is exceptionally promising.

New York Daily News

Gifted saxophonist Jean Fineberg’s skill and musicality on tenor and flute were obvious. Her sound is strong-toned, vigorous, intense and technically accomplished. She is potentially a major player with a distinctive personal presence.

New York Post

The Jean Fineberg Quartet played with a strongly directed, swinging drive that got its impetus from Fineberg’s use of the assertive saxophone phrasing associated with Sonny Rollins. To this, she added her own broad full tone and strong gutsy attack.

New York Times