Recently recognized as the New England Music Awards "Female Performer of the Year" 2021, Jennifer Tefft is a fired up, energizing presence that creates earthy music from its roots and breathes fresh, soulful, rock and roll life into them. Her music combines intense rhythms with melancholy textures and haunting vocals that wind easily from darkly ethereal to outspoken, creating her own brand of Gritty-Lush Alternative Rock.
After getting her start playing for change in the subways and streets of Cambridge, MA, Jennifer Tefft met guitarist John Parrillo many years ago and they began writing and playing together as a duo. Following several years playing the circuit in Boston and Cambridge, they released their first album “Dig This Thing” along with bass player Jeff St. Pierre and drummer Phil Antoniades. They soon hit the road, playing shows along the Eastern seaboard and the Midwest. Since then, Jennifer has gone on to release four more albums with her band on the label Gypsy Spin Music that she owns.
All five releases have received critical acclaim such as a New England Music Award Nomination for "Best In State" 2019, a nomination from the prestigious Boston Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist, and a “Boston’s Best Unsigned Band" nod by local press. Her album “Shift” was awarded “Best Alternative Album” by the Just Plain Folks association in Hollywood, CA, 12 MyFm Local Music Award nominations and 4 Local Music Awards. Songs from all of Jennifer's projects continue to be used on National Television shows such as Cruel Summer, CSI, MTV, Stargate Universe, One Life To Live, The Young & The Restless, General Hospital and many others.
Jennifer has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists, from Aerosmith, Warrant & Quiet Riot, Sarah McLachlan at the legendary Lilith Fair, Missing Persons, Grant Hart, The Sheila Divine, Ellis Paul, and many more at a variety of renowned venues, festivals and events across the country.
With an eye on both performance and new music, Jennifer brings exciting changes to the band lineup to 2023 with the addition of Chris Georgenes on drums and Stephen "Sharky" Beccia on bass and background vocals. The two join John Parrillo and Jennifer to form the latest iteration of JTB with a brand new name, Jennifer Tefft & The Strange.
When she’s not performing with the band or doing select solo shows, Jennifer spends her time writing and recording new music, hanging out with her family, and living the life of a successful music entrepreneur and business owner just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
Meet the band
Jennifer Tefft — Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter
A hard-hitting rock and roller, Jennifer Tefft is known for her "earnest lyrics delivered with both power and grace".
Whether performing with her band or solo, Jennifer is always an energizing force — skillfully creating earthy music from its roots and breathing fresh, soulful, rock and roll life into them.
With five albums under her belt and most recently several single releases leading up to new projects coming out in 2023, Jennifer's music combines intense rhythms with melancholy textures and haunting vocals that wind easily from darkly ethereal to outspoken, creating her own brand of Gritty-Lush Alternative Rock.