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" Carrrie's winderful low range, total command and interpretaiton 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 thin of: certainly Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan...Jon Hagland, Back Stage."

 

" Ms. Jackson is one of the most sought after vocalists is 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..................Jerome Wilson, Cadence Jazz Magazine. "

Jazz Review: Saturday, March 19, 2005
SINGER PUTS OWN STAMP ON GREAT POPULAR TUNES
By: Zan Stewart, Star-Ledger Staff
The Star Ledger

"Carrie Jackson is a staunch 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"

"Jackson delivers these in just the right volume and vigor to reach all listeners; Jackson digs into her comely lower ranges, mixed with her own jazz smarts, and sings in a no-nonsense manner, and makes the number breathe"

The State of Jazz by Zan Stewart/ Carrie Jackson

Carrie Jackson - A life long resident of Newark, Jackson is a rich-voiced blues, ballads and standards singer who knows how to put a song across. She is a regular at rooms throughout New Jersey. Her CDs include "The Nearness of You" and "If I Had My Way" (CJay Records).

Jazz artist belts out tunes on local stages by Ruth Ross

What do you do when you're a widely popular local musical performer who wants to record a CD but lacks connections to the recording establishments? You roll up your sleeves, form your own entertainment company and do it yourself. That's just what Carrie Jackson, noted jazz interpreter, did in 1996 finally coming out with "The Nearness of You," a CD of jazz standards with a new twist, including two original songs by jazz greats Duke Anderson and Hubert Gresham.

Vocalist Carrie Jackson, guitarist Bob Devos play at Sesame Restaurant.

"An Evening of Classic Jazz" featuring vocalist Carrie Jackson with Bob DeVos on guitar, will take place on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., at Sesame Restaurant, 398 Bloomfield Ave. Cover charge is $5. Dinner seatings are at 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. For reservations, call (973) 746-2553.

Q. What would she say to aspiring jazz artists today?

A. What she would say, I think, would be to be yourself. She was a unique stylist. She didn't copy anybody else. Billy Eckstine said he never heard a voice like that before. She would say follow your own instincts. Be true to your art.

The audience was only not introuduced to three African-American woman of the past, but after a performance of the Arts High Jazz Band, they got to hear the music of Carrie Jackson, a Newark jazz singer and messages of inspiration from the Newark Superintendent of Schools Marion Bolden and state Secretary of State, Regena Thomas.

Swing duo

Newark-based singer Carrie Jackson can knock you out with her hard-swinging renditions, touch you with her emotive ballads. West Orange guitartist Bob Devos also has the capacity to build momentum when the mood calls for it. The duo performs Wednesday, 8 p.m., at Sesame Restaurant & Jazz Club, a new music venue at 398-402 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. $5 music charge, no minimum. Call (973) 746-2553 or visit www.sesamerestaurant.com

 

Zan Stewart
The Star-Ledger
The Montclair Times
The Priory Restaurant & Jazz Club
Swing by for some jazz by Jeffrey Cohen

Discovering or rediscovering jazz in Newark is easy; it just takes a little legwork. "Compared to the old days, when there were a number of jazz clubs, there's not as much," says Carrie Jackson, a local jazz singer and vice-president of the Jazz Institute of New Jersey. "But there are a number of places to perform around here. Newark is coming back to jazz.

Singer jazzes up the city with her music and business by Barbara Kukla

As a singer, Carrie Jackson knows how frustrating it can be to keep jazz alive at a time when heavy metal and rap dominate the industry. That's what's driven her to create her own record company -- C-Jay Records -- and related enterprise that books more than 50 acts a year for Newark-based clubs and beyond. Simply put, Jackson is Newark's jazz maven -- high-energy all the way despite her subdued singing style.
On many levels, tonight is a historic one for Jackson and Newark jazz lovers. Following the release of her second compact disc, "Carrie Jackson: If I Had My Way," she'll perform for the first time at the Bridge Club on Washington Street in the same upstairs room that was a fixture of the jazz scene in the 1960s.

Cool jazz and salsa at 'Renaissance' by Lisa Rose

There are intimate jazz clubs and then there are spots where the performers greet each audience member by name as they file in. At the Renaissance Cafe in Newark last Friday, jazz singer Carrie Jackson welcomed nearly everyone who strolled in and took a seat, calling out "Hey girl," "Hazel's in the house" and "How ya doin'?" between tunes. Most of the crowd was lounging at the communal table along the wall. Fingers snapped, heads bobbed and listeners hummed along with Jackson's honey-smoothed takes on material by Billie Holiday, George Gershwin and other jazz-age giants. Before the second set, there was a surprise birthday party for Jackson, complete with cake and a bebop rendition of the birthday song.
"It's such a warm feeling when you come in here," said Joyce Farr, of Montclair, who described herself age-wise as "a senior." You feel at home and you feel part of it. Carrie makes you feel so welcome, you want to come back again and again.

Absolut Sounds
Thump Taj Mahal
Capo D'anno
CD Release
Echo Leader
Essex News Paper
Jackson East Orange
Essex County Department Of Parks
Jazz Diva
Jazz Festival
Renaissance Cafe
Keeping The Legacy Of Jazz
Lenox
Newark Bears
Gordon Salley
21 Century
Abbysinian Baptist Church
Barnes & Noble Event
Star Ledger
Borders
City News Publishing Company
County College
The Donald Palmer Museum
Drew University
First Night
Hill Side Inn
Jazz Generation

Jazz Society Jersey City
Calabria's Restaurant
Priory Restaurant & Jazz Club

 

 

Great Falls Festival 2005

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