Born: August 25, 1959 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Ms. Carrie Jackson & Her Jazzin' All Star Ensemble swings and performs the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Louis Satchmo Armstrong, Miles, Coltrane, Diz and the Great American Song Book.
Carrie attributes her vocal style of singing to her mentors, the Great Ladies of Jazz, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington, and Carmen Mc Rae, but, Carrie truly has a Jazzin' style that is uniquely her own. She has a sound that is honey laden, soulful , sultry, and sings a pop, and blues tune that has a poignant mellow sound; her timing is right on and the subtle twists and turns in her phrasing make her that comparatively rarity, a real jazz singer with a great Sound!!. Carrie is dedicated to preserving this unique jazz music culture and encourages an awareness of it's history through music appreciation and understanding.
Ms. Jackson is a native Newarker' who honed her early talents in Newark, the Jazz Mecca of New Jersey. Carrie studied piano and voice with Howard Duke Anderson, teacher, composer, arranger and also performed with Duke's Big Band for many years. Her voice training and natural talents are evident providing for classical performances in Jazz & Pop favorites. Ms. Jackson rekindles thoughts of Newark's great jazz history when it had more than 200 jazz spots and great artist's were in great demand to include Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw, James Moody Hank Mobley, Ike Quebec and Sassy Ms. Sarah Vaughan.
Carrie's latest CD IF I HAD MY WAY has put her in the Critic's poll list of Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. Her radio appearances an Television in 2006 include Singers Unlimited Show WBGO Jazz Radio 88.3, Newark, NJ, a live interview with On-Air Host, Michael Bourne, and a a live interview/performance on NJ 12 News Spotlight with Della Crews, Anchorwoman, and with On-Air Host, Mark Blaustein, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Her travels have taken her to Paris, France, touring in the U.S. and abroad, and most recently in 2006 performed as the Featured Artist at the Grand Opening of The Savannah Jazz & Blues Bistro, Bluffton, So. Carolina, Iridium Jazz Club, NYC, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Newark, NJ, Shanghai Jazz, Madison, NJ. in 2006 a featured artist Cape May Jazz Festival 2006, Cape May, NJ. Carrie has worked with Norman Simmons, Earl May, Stanley Jordan, Chris White, Virginia Mayhew, Lisle Atkinson, Vince Ector, Willie Williams, Paul Ellington, Ellington Legacy Band, and many others. The spontaneous interplay with her long time band mates, Lou Rainone, Tomoko Ohno, Steve Freeman, and Gordon Lane, creates a unique and captivating ensemble.
Ms. Jackson is President/Ceo of C-Jay Records t/n(C-Jay Recording & Productions, Inc.) established in 1996. She has produced several CD's including her Debut release in entitled THE NEARNESS OF YOU, a collaboration with musician and band leader, Cecil Brooks III, her most recent CD entitled IF I HAD MY WAY, featuring Ms. Jackson & Her All Star Ensemble.
Zan Stewart, Jazz Critic
Carrie is an advocate of the Great American Popular Songbook; a timeless wealth of material; and presents it with spirit and feeling, her renditions have a personal, not derivative, ring.
Ms. Jackson delivers these in just the right volume and vigor to reach all listeners; she digs into her comely lower ranges, mixed with her own jazz smarts, and sings in a no-nonsense manner, and makes the numbers breathe. Carrie Jackson is a rich-voiced blues, ballads and jazz standards singer who knows how to put a song across
WBGO FM 88.3 Jazz Radio NY
Ben Duncan, On-Air Host
Ms Jackson is Pure Jazz with strong tunes, plenty of great phrasing and challenging singing, she is truly abd exciting, and consummate jazz vocalist. Carrie's wonderful low range, total command and interpretation of lyrics and an amazingly quick ability to run beautiful variations on a theme are gifts that have been possessed by only one or two artist's that I can think of- certainly Ms. Sassy Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald!
Cadence Jazz Magazine
Jerome Wilson, Jazz Review
Ms. Jackson is one of the most sought after vocalist's in the metropolitan area, her resume looks like Who's Who of Jazz... Extraordinary! She electrifies her audiences with her dynamic music and takes the audience by storm with her charm and temperament!
NJ Jazz Society
Stan Myers, Jazz Historian
Carrie truly swings, she has a great choice of tunes, interpretation of material, and quality of accompaniment giving it Sass, still bringing out all of it's nuances. Carrie demonstrates that she can handle challenging material, adding new meaning and breadth giving it fresh new life and meaning
Carrie Jackson Extraordinary Jazz Singer
Time Out New York 2006
Carrie has the Diva qualities of the great Dinah Washington, with a jazzy, soulful, sultry voice that hints traces of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. there's a noticeable tinge of Southern Soul in her voice and her jazz phrasing is flexible and strong.
Carrie electrifies her audience with her warm, personable and engaging style, she also carries the torch of the jazz legacy and takes it to higher vistas.
Disclaimer: All About Jazz is not responsible for the accuracy of the discographical data at the website(s) provided. If a link is no longer valid, please contact email@example.com. Thank you.