Carrie Jackson & Jazzin' All Star Ensemble swing and perform the music of "Duke" Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Loerner and Lowe, Rodgers and Hart, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, and tunes from 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, 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 this great Jazz Mecca of New Jersey that once had over 200 jazz spots. At the early age of 6 Carrie sang in the Childrens Choir, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, as a teenager competed and won numerous talent shows, as young adult went on tour with the WWRL Gospel Chorale, NYC. Carrie studied piano and voice with Howard "Duke" Anderson, teacher, composer, arranger and performed with Duke's Big Band for many years. Carrie also studied voice with Inez Mc Clendon and Nadine Herman (NCSA). 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 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 in 2007 include WBGO Radio 88.3 "Singers Unlimited Show" live interview Michael Bourne, On-Air Host, NJ 12 News Television "Spotlight" Della Crews, Anchorwoman, and Mark Blaustein, On-Air Host, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Her travels have taken her to Paris, France, touring in the U.S. and abroad; Carrie has worked with such greats as Barry Harris, 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 C-Jay Recording & Productions, Inc. t/n (C-Jay Records 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. Carrie currently serves on the Board of Directors (IWJ) International Women in Jazz, NY, and Board of Directors, New Jersey Jazz Society, NJ, past Vice President Jazz Institute of New Jersey, past Choir Director, Newark Public School (Diamond Girls) 50 Voice All Female Choir. Carrie has worked extensively in the New York/ New Jersey tri-state metropolitan areas performing at premier, top jazz clubs, and touring in the US and abroad.
Carrie's Highlighted Performances:
NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) NJ, Sanofi-Aventis Jazz Festival (New Jersey Jazz Fest Drew University, NJ, (OSPAC) Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, NJ, Cape May Jazz Festival, Cape May, NJ, Caveau De La Huchette and Espaces, Paris, France, Iridium Jazz Club, NYC, NY, Uptown Lounge Minton's Playhouse, NYC, NY, The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head Island, SC, Savannah Jazz Bistro, Bluffton, S.C. , Deer Head Inn, Delawater Water Gap, PA, Puffin Cultlural Forum, Teaneck, NJ, Trump Taj Maha
Carrie Jackson's Official Web Site: http://www.cjayrecords.com
Ms. Carrie Jackson & Jazzin' All Star Ensemble
Lou Rainone, Piano, Steve Freeman, Bass,
Gordon Lane, Drums, Virginia Mayhew, Tenor/sax
Lenny Argese, Guitar, Tony Signa, flute
Ms. Jackson's Critically-Acclaimed Debut CD, "THE NEARNESS OF YOU" (C-Jay Records) Carrie Jackson, vocals, Howard "Duke" Anderson, piano/music arrangements, Michael Logan, bs, Cecil Brooks, III, drms/ Co-Producer, Bruce Williams, ten/sax.
Her latest CD 'IF I HAD MY WAY" (C-Jay Records) Carrie Jackson, Vocals- Executive Producer, Lenny Argese, gtr-Co-Producer, Tomoko Ohno, piano-music arrangements, Steve Freeman, bs, Dr. Yusef Ali, drms/original music, Bob Braye, percussions, Joe Ford, alto/sax, Herbie Morgan, ten/sax.
Radio On-Air Play:
WBGO Radio FM 88.3 NJ WNYC Radio FM 93.9 NY
WRTI Radio FM 90.1 PA WKCR Radio FM 89.9 NY
WDUQ Radio FM 90.5 PA WNYC Radio FM 93.9 NY
WPSC Radio FM 88.7 NJ WFUV Radio FM 90.7 NY
WSOU RadioFM 89.5 NY WBAI Radio FM 99.5 NY
WPSC Radio FM 88.7 NJ WLIU Radio FM 88.3 NY
Star Ledger, Jazz Review
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"Carrie is an advocate of the Great American Popular Songbook; a timeless wealth of material; a... "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 ina no-nonsense manner, and makes the numbers breathe. Carrie Jackson is a rich-vooiced blues, ballads and jazz standards singer who knows how to put a song across"
WBGO FM 88.3 Jazz Radio NY
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"Ms Jackson is Pure Jazz with strong tunes, plenty of great phrasing and challenging singing, she is..."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
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"Ms. Jackson is one of the most sought aafter vocalist's in the metropolitan area, her resume looks ..."Ms. Jackson is one of the most sought aafter 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
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"Carrie truly swings, she has a great choice of tunes, interpretation of material, and quality ... "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"
The State Of Jazz
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Carrie Jackson dazzles her audiences and is a regular at rooms throughout the metropolitan areas. He...Carrie Jackson dazzles her audiences and is a regular at rooms throughout the metropolitan areas. Her CD's include "THE NEARNESS OF YOU" and latest CD "IF HAD MY WAY" (C-Jay Records)
Jazz Artist Belts Out Tunes
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Carrie Jackson is a widely popular musical performer. Carrie's CD " the Nearness Of You" a CD of jaz...Carrie Jackson is a widely popular musical performer. Carrie's CD " the Nearness Of You" a CD of jazz standards with a new twist, including two original songs by jazz greats "Duke" Anderson, composer, teacher, arranger and Hubert Gresham, writer.
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"Ms. Jackson's debut CD THE NEARNESS OF YOU is well received by critics and jazz radio stations thro..."Ms. Jackson's debut CD THE NEARNESS OF YOU is well received by critics and jazz radio stations throughout the country. Carrie makes the songs her own sultry feeling, mixing classics and original sounds. Carrie is a creative jazz singer with an abundance of character.... a relaxing, yet highly inspired interludes that are straight forward, soul-baring and perfect!".....
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Carrie has the "Diva" qualities of the great Dinah Washington, with a jazzy, soulful, sultry voice t...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."
New York Times
'Top rate Diva with a signature style'
'Forceful performer and first class talent'
Carrie Jackson is a delight......Cape May Jazz Festival
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Carrie Jackson is a delight.... with her rich broad-ranged voice singing blues, standards as she dev...Carrie Jackson is a delight.... with her rich broad-ranged voice singing blues, standards as she develops a strong connection with her audience .... and they keep asking for more!!!
The selection of tunes is a blend of Jazz & Blues favorites, Artistic improvisation, creative standards and original tunes. The music flows from Swing to The Big Band Era of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to Bebop, from Latin flavor right to Down Home Blues!!
“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 no-nonsense manner, and makes the numbers breathe”….. Zan Stewart, Star Ledger Review
“Carrie’s latest CD entitled “IF I HAD MY WAY” 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”….. Stan Myers, Jazz Historian/ New Jersey Jazz Society