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


MWBB albumMelba 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 Orchestra

Universal Jazz Coalition Big Apple Orchestra



Madame Jazz Cover Stormy Weather Feminists Who Changed America
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 Gourse,
     Oxford University Press 
American 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

Private Drum study with: Alan Hall, John Mader


ASCAP Composers Award3

Nat’l Endowment for the Arts Jazz Composition Fellowship Grant

Meet the Composer Grants

Panelist, San Francisco Arts Council
National Merit Music Scholarship
Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival, All-Star saxophonist and Combo Winner


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


From The Press

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

Fineberg displayed a remarkable range on saxophone and flute . . . delicate leads & robust sax solos.

Kansas City Star

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