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Abigail Riccards

Since arriving on the New York scene in 2003, vocalist Abigail Riccards has garnered much attention from the jazz community for her effortless swing, heartbreaking tone, and personalized approach to lyrics. Abigail's inimitable approach to the Great American Songbook has made her one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of her generation.

In 2000, she was also selected to participate in the Jazz in July workshop at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and competed in the 2006 Fish Middleton Competition, where she was a semi-finalist. In 2004, Abigail was selected to be a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, where she competed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C for judges such as Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Jimmy Scott and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Over the past decade in New York, Abigail has repeatedly performed at many of the most treasured venues in NYC, including Birdland, Jazz Standard, Smoke, Smalls, Kitano Hotel, Sweet Rhythm, and 55Bar. Abigail has also collaborated with many of the best jazz musicians in the world including Michael Kanan, David Berkman, Mulgrew Miller, Spike Wilner, Neal Miner, Jay Leonhart, Steve LaSpina, Lee Hudson, Tony Romano, Brad Shepnik, Matt Wilson, Bill Goodwin, Rick Montalbano, Elliot Zigmund, Joel Frahm, Adam Kolker, and Ron Horton.

Abigail's first album, When the Night Is New was released to rave reviews. It featured the talents of David Berkman, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Adam Kolker, Ron Horton, Lage Lund, Rogerio Boccato and was produced by Dena DeRose. Ken Dryden calls it “an outstanding debut effort by the promising jazz vocalist Abigail Riccards.” Abigail followed it up with her 2011 release Soft Rains Fall, an intimate collection of jazz and popular standards, recorded in a duo setting with nylon string guitarist, Tony Romano.

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”You know that cliché about a voice so beautiful that you wouldn't mind it singing the phone book? I'm ashamed to say that I've got to dust that one off for Abigail Riccards. The song [I'll be seeing you] itself has been done by so many singers that I was surprised to find myself looking up from my writing pad as the first verse passed. Guitarist Lund floats a gorgeous chord melody underneath the vocals...and oh, the vocals! Riccards has a lovely, finely textured voice and the delicate trills added at each line's end made me wish I'd known this version forever.” Mark Saleski - www.jazz.com

“She can also make outstanding drama with her naked voice on Billie Holiday's “Left Alone” and bring a smile to your face with her spunky delivery” James Hale - Downbeat Magazine

Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Location

Chicago

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Discography

Every Little Star

Every Little Star

Self Produced
2013

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When The Night Is New

When The Night Is New

Jazz Excursion Records
2008

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When The Night Is New

When The Night Is New

Jazz Excursion Records
2007

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