Jill spent most of her childhood in her bedroom absorbing her DJ-dad’s vast record collection: big bands, soul, 60’s/70’s rock, Motown, R&B, and the blues. Inspired by the
greats-Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, and Janis Joplin-she learned that she possessed a rare talent. After fronting the Chicago blues rock band Nora Blue and touring to promote the album Wish You Were Mine, Jill landed in Charlotte, NC. Her emotive, edgy vocals ignited audiences throughout the Southeast as she formed and fronted the highly acclaimed Jill Dineen Band. There, Jillwas honored by the Charlotte Music Awards Blues Showcase and in the CharlotteBlues Society’s Blues Contest and produced two albums.
Jill has studied vocal performance with The San Francisco Girls Chorus and the California Jazz Conservatory, with gospel great Laura Davis, jazz greats Laurie Antonioli and Theo Bleckmann and with opera great Mary Beth Puton in Paris. Jill has shared the stage with: Robin Rogers, Bob Margolin, Marcus King, Mookie Brill, Lydia Pense, Bob Corritore, Matt Hill, Mac Arnold, Albert Cummings, Amy Hart, and many other blues artists.
Regionally, Jill has performed at the Club Fox, Little Lou’s, The Impulse Room, Almost Famous Wine Company, The Longboard, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, The Smoking Pig, The Poor House Bistro, The Great American Music Hall, The Saloon, Throckmorton, The Torch Club, Lucca’s, The Warehouse Cafe, and numerous festivals and private events. Her distinctively powerful, soulful, and passionately raw vocals coupled with authentic original music have moved audiences across the country, andnow she has returned to her homeland of San Francisco, CA to re-emerge by the Bay.
In 2019, Jill joined The Carmen Ratti Band as its featured vocalist.