All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Jackie Paris

Jackie Paris

Anyone can appreciate Jackie without having to be a music fanatic, a “jazz head” or without knowing anything about Jackie's life. However, his story is a remarkable part of the history of jazz.

He toured with and performed with the Charlie Parker Quintet which included Miles Davis, Max Roach, Duke Jordan and Tommy Potter.

Jackie introduced the first vocal recording of Thelonious Monk's classic standard “Round Midnight”. He was one of Charles Mingus' favorite singers, and was the first vocal artist on Mingus' label Debut, recording “Portrait” and “Paris in Blue”, which Mingus wrote for him.

He toured and performed with the Lionel Hampton Big Band for two years, where he was billed as “The Voice”. He also recorded with the original Dizzy Gillespie Big Band.

At one time or another he won just about every jazz poll and award, including the Downbeat, Playboy, Swing Journal and Metronome polls/awards. As a leader or a sideman he has worked with virtually every great jazz musician.


Tags

”Jackie Paris is representative of that rare genius, the male jazz singer. Paris is one of the handful of male singers who have retained the true jazz sound.” --Leonard Feather

”Jackie, whether in a club or on a recording, is able to so reach listeners, one at a time, that they in turn join their powers of concentration to his and so a microcosm is formed. He is an original!” --Nat Hentoff

Albums

'Tis Autumn: The...

Unknown label
2009

buy

The Song Is Paris

Naxos Jazz
1962

buy

Watch

Similar

Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Sarah Vaughan
voice / vocals
Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Mark Murphy
voice / vocals
Carmen McRae
voice / vocals
Tony Bennett
voice / vocals
Billy Eckstine
voice / vocals
Arthur Prysock
voice / vocals
Joe Williams
voice / vocals
Johnny Hartman
voice / vocals
Chris Connor
voice / vocals
Al Hibbler
voice / vocals
Irene Kral
voice / vocals
Jimmy Witherspoon
voice / vocals
Mary Stallings
voice / vocals

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.