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Eugenie Jones

With her lavishly praised 2013 debut album Black Lace Blue Tears under her belt, late-blooming jazz vocalist and composer Eugenie Jones immediately faced questions about whether she was a one-hit wonder or a real contender. Sure, she displayed quick rhythmic reflexes, a silken tone, and real songwriting savvy, but did Jones have what it takes to go the distance, to sustain a career in jazz’s cruelly competitive ring.

Her even more impressive second album, Come Out Swingin’, makes a persuasive case for Jones’s status as a heavyweight talent. Seasoned by several years of steady work following the release of Black Lace, the Seattle-area singer displays the rhythmic authority, emotional insight, and melodic invention of an artist who can hold her own in any company. “With Black Lace Blue Tears behind me I wondered, was that a fluke? Do I really have a gift, can I continue? Almost immediately I started writing again,” says Jones, “and put those questions to rest. This CD was a deliberate attempt to continue to grow and progress. I set that desire for improvement as a bull’s-eye to shoot for and kept that focus through each step of this project.”

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Seattle Washington is perhaps the best kept secret in jazz. When asked to name the jazz hot beds in the United States the usual suspect top the list in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City and to a slightly lesser extent Los Angeles. The city of Seattle can boast Jelly Roll Morton, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones and that is just scratching the surface. The jazz scene in Seattle is alive and well with the debut release from Seattle native vocalist Eugenie Jones. Black Lace and Blue Tears will street on May 28th 2013 and continues in the fine tradition Seattle has become famous for.

Nine of the eleven tunes on the release are original compositions showcasing the unique individuality and style of a vocalist with mad skills and unlimited potential not only as a singer but as an accomplished lyricist

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