Meghan McKown

Meghan McKown


Meghan McKown is a straight-ahead jazz vocalist with a distinctly modern sound. Her influences include Carmen McRae, Kurt Elling, Sarah Vaughan, and Jon Hendricks.


“Meghan McKown’s beguiling vocals…leave you on the edge of your seat”
Jazz Monthy

“What a wonderful alto”
Singout! Magazine

Meghan McKown is a straight-ahead jazz vocalist with a distinctly modern sound. Equally at home in Jazz, Blues and Latin, she brings her own fresh approach to everything she sings. A versatile vocalist, she possesses outstanding control of her instrument. Her tone ranges from rich and soulful to clear and pristine.

In May 2004, Meghan received her B.A. in Jazz Performance from Michigan State University. She has performed with the legendary Jon Hendricks, as well as other great jazz talents including bassist Rodney Whitaker of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and trombonist/composer Wycliffe Gordan. Since moving to Chicago in late 2005, Meghan has done commercial work for SoundSlave recording studio and gained a following as lead vocalist for the praised folk band, Dyed in the Wool.

With Meghan, every show is distinctive and captivating. She draws in her audience with breathtaking vocals and uninhibited improvisation, creating an inspired and unforgettable performance.


"At Any Minute" 2004
Shawn Glydes "Alternate Rhythm" 2006
"Stranded" 2006

Set List

Sample Set List

Meghan’s repertoire consists of a mixture of traditional and contemporary jazz and blues tunes.

Set 1
How Insensitive
Don’t go to Strangers
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Detour Ahead
All Blues
Don’t Explain
Comes Love
In Walked Bud
Black Coffee
Well you Needn’t

Set 2
Honeysuckle Rose
You are there
April in Paris
All of Me
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You
Night in Tunisia
I’ll Be Seeing You
Stormy Monday

Set 3
Autumn in New York
500 Miles High
The Nearness of You
Round Midnight