JENNA ESPOSITO has been the MetroJam host since June, 2009, when MetroJam's founder, Joe Bachana, stepped down from his hosting duties and passed the torch to her. As MetroJam's host, Jenna has had the pleasure of welcoming many talented guests to the MetroJam stage, including Broadway's Emily Bergl and Ruby Rakos; Emmy Award winners Bill Boggs and Dave Konig; award-winning vocalists KT Sullivan, Susan Winter, and Deb Berman, comedians Tom Ragu, Steven Scott and Mike Toro; and many, many more talented performers including Kate Luckinbill, Frank Basile, Bill Zeffiro, Carrie Jackson, Brianna Thomas, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Jonathan Russell, Richie Eisenberg, and jazzy Canadian crooners Vincent Wolf and Renee Yoxon.
In addition to MetroJam, Jenna has an active solo career as a vocalist. She made her New York nightclub debut in August, 2004, and has since performed solo shows at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, The Metropolitan Room, BACKSTAGE dopo teatro, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, and Danny's Skylight Room, and has also performed many shows in Manhattan's historic Little Italy, including a solo show at the famed San Gennaro Festival. Her shows That's Amore: Jenna Sings Love, Italian Style, Jenna Esposito Sings Connie Francis, Takin' A Chance On Love, A Hint of Rosemary: The Songs of Rosemary Clooney, SMOOCH!, and I Hate Men: Songs for the Scorned have all received critical acclaim, and her annual "All-Star Birthday Bash" is a fun-filled evening during which she has shared the stage with a number of New York's finest performers. Jenna has also performed shows at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance, CA, and The M Bar in Hollywood, CA. A 3-time MAC Award nominee for Outstanding Female Vocalist, Jenna recently made her debut at Manhattan's historic Town Hall, where she shared the stage with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Lucie Arnaz, Larry Gatlin and Marilyn Maye.
In November, 2009, Jenna celebrated the release of her second CD, To Connie...Love, Jenna. The CD is a live recording of Jenna's Connie Francis tribute show, which was recorded during her June-July, 2009 run of the show at The Metropolitan Room in New York City. 13 Men...and Me!, Jenna's debut CD, showcases her silky, wide-ranging voice and stylistic versatility with well loved standards such as "Just In Time" and "Down With Love," pop hits including "One Less Bell To Answer," and "Since I Fell For You," as well as contemporary jazz/pop songs. Both discs are available at iTunes and CDBaby.com.
STAN GILBERT - One of the leading Big Band singers of the new swing era, Mr. Gilbert has been a featured performer with a variety of orchestras throughout the country. His dynamic good looks and rich baritone has garnered praise from fans and critics alike. The Baltimore Pioneer called Mr. Gilbert "a dynamic entertainer with a suave demeanor".
JOHN DIPINTO is a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director and arranger. Recently he was musical director for I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking it On The Road as part of the York theatre's' MUFTI series. He also music directed Music Theatre Group's Saturnalia, and was musical director and arranger for NYMF 2010's production of Trav'lin', a new musical featuring the songs of composer J.C. Johnson. He has conducted on Broadway (Footloose) and Off-Broadway (Langston In Harlem, Altar Boyz). Other Broadway credits: [title of show], Victor/ Victoria, Laughing Room Only. Off Broadway: Summer Of '42, Streakin'!, Nor'mal, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, A Man Of No Importance. Regional musical director credits include The Blackamoor Angel at Bard Summerscape, Songs For A New World at George Street Playhouse, and The Honky Tonk Angels at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
As an actor John has appeared in the New York revivals of Oil City Symphony and The Good Doctor, and regionally in Pump Boys And Dinettes, Smoke On The Mountain, King Mackerel And The Blues Are Running, Billy Bishop Goes To War and A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine. He is currently performing in a vocal duo with singer Mary Foster Conklin. Their show Maybe It's Because Of Love has played at the Metropolitan Room, Don't Tell Mama and Caffe Vivaldi. The children's environmental show Kid Power And The Planet Protectors, for which John composed the music, is currently touring schools across the country.
RITT HENN plays bass, writes songs and lives in New York City. He's played "Johnny B. Goode" with Chuck Berry, "Stand By Me" with Ben E. King, and "If I Had a Hammer" with Peter Yarrow, as well as released 3 CDs of original music, produced hundreds of episodes of "ManBassBoxTV" (as seen on TV in NYC and on the web at YouTube), toured the U.S. and Europe, performed Off-Broadway, and garnered Bistro and MAC awards. His co-writer of choice is Mary Liz McNamara, with whom he's created the musical romp, TAKE THAT! Tunes by McNamara & Henn. And lest we forget to mention, Mr. Henn also whistles and plays the ukulele. RittHenn.com
New York born drummer/percussionist Bobby Sher, started playing professionally as a young 14 year old. Bandleaders had to lie about his age so he would be able to play in venues that served alcohol. He studied privately with numerous drum instructors and also studied as a percussionist. As a young musician, his career was aided after being endorsed by Wolfman Jack, who at the time was one of the most powerful forces on the N.Y. radio scene and was the host of the famed "Midnight Special" TV show. This proved to be a fortuitous situation for Bobby in the 1970s, as it became the start of a successful career as a studio musician and played on numerous TV commercials. Bobby played for several rock bands, one in particular, the "New Breed," which opened for many luminaries such as Billy Joel. He honed his skills while playing for many celebrities at the now defunct "Catskill" mountain region. He has played for, to name a few, Cab Calloway, John Lennon , Al Martino, the Barry Sisters, Joey Heatherton, Jimmy Rosselli,numerous Doo-Wop acts and worked on a project with Connie Francis . Presently, Bobby can be found playing for various artists around town and is the "house drummer" at the world renowned New York Friars Club.