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Jackie Ryan

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Jackie Ryan

“Extraordinary -- a world-class talent!” Don Heckman, jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times, calls her. And it's no wonder. She has a magnetic stage presence. Wherever she performs - domestically, or in Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada -- it's the same story. She's been such a hit at London's famed Ronnie Scott's Club (where she has been a regular for the last eight years) that the owner, Pete King, asked Jackie to appear on Ronnie Scott's own prestigious Jazz House label and the London Evening Standard called her “one of the finest singers to perform at Ronnie's since Shirley Horn.” Among the many jazz greats Jackie has sung, recorded, or toured with are: Clark Terry (at the Monterey Jazz Festival), Toots Thielemans, Barry Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Red Holloway, Eric Alexander, Jeremy Pelt, Ernie Watts, Roy McCurdy, George Gaffney, Amina Figarova, Mike Wofford, Larry Vuckovich, Jon Mayer, and Jon Hendricks - just a few of the legends with whom she has shared the stage, and who sing her praises as well....
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”Extraordinary Is The Word! . . . A World Class Talent. Jazz singing at its very best.” -- Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times

”Extravagantly Gifted! . . . Astonishing range - both emotionally and stylistically. A true jazz original.” -- Andrew Gilbert, jazz critic

”Sweeping vocal powers. . . A real discovery of a singer. . . Jackie Ryan's chemistry of passion is truly sensational.” -- John Fordham, The London Guardian

”The fiery multilingual Ryan is mightily impressive!” -- Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

”Singing from the heart. . . Jackie bridges gaps between both geography and generations!” -- Steven Graybow, Billboard

”Deftly Assured! Savvy interpretive jazz vocalizing.” -- Variety

”Superb! The bell-like resonance of her smokey voice coupled with her heartfelt emotion. . . puts Jackie at the top of her game.” -- Jesse Varela, Latin Beat

”A True Jazz Singer! I've had the pleasure of concertizing with her, so I know. Give a good listen. . . and when you have a chance to catch her in person - do it!” -- Clark Terry

”One loves to hear a great singer -- especially one with style, control, pitch and a wonderful sense of rhythm. Jackie Ryan is one of those rare talents -- she has it all, and is destined to become a major star! I just love her sound.” -- Teo Macero

”Listen to Jackie Ryan's voice and consider this: how important is it to you that vocal jazz come from the heart? Ryan's latest release proves that nothing works better on your soul than the real thing....a charm seldom seen in today's crowded singers' market. She's genuine.” -- Jim Santella, All About Jazz

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