WATCHUNG, NJ -Jazz vocalist Carrie Jackson will perform songs from the Great American Songbook at the Watchung Arts Center on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8 PM. Joining Ms. Jackson for the concert, “An Evening of Elegance in Song”, will be Lou Rainone on piano, Thaddeus Expose on bass and Gordon Lane on drums. The spontaneous interplay with her longtime bandmates, creates a unique and captivating ensemble. A dessert reception will follow the performance, offering an opportunity to meet Ms. Jackson.

“Carrie Jackson is an impressive vocalist and her voice swings with life. Deep and Soulful, she’s sensual at the same time she’s playful…Carrie has many talents, and is never afraid to use them.” JAZZ IMPROV

Carrie Jackson is a New York based vocalist who rekindles thoughts of America's great jazz history. She has performed at Top Jazz Venues in the New York Tri-State metropolitan area as well as touring in the USA and abroad. Ms. Jackson attributes her vocal style of singing to her mentors, the Great Ladies of Jazz, Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Carmen Mc Rae. She has taken all of her mentors and made them a part of her, bringing new horizons to this classical art form called Jazz. She is a performer who shares her joy and well-honed expertise on the stage.  With her multifaceted singing style, Carrie can harmonize swing, scat, swing standards with sweet soul, or wail the blues, ballads, or Gospel, all complimented by her engaging stage presence and graceful moves. Carrie has a wide range with a strong command of the classic elements of jazz vocalizing. She is also a gifted lyricist, has great timing and truly sings from her heart and is comfortable performing with a small combo, big band and twenty-one  piece orchestra.

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Carrie’s renditions of the Great American Songbook “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” according to Zan Stewart of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Carrie has acquired a vast amount of experience in a wide variety of musical genres. This versatile singer began performing at age six in the children’s and young adult choirs in Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, NJ. She studied voice and jazz piano improvisation with  Howard “Duke” Anderson, bandleader, teacher, composer, and arranger. She is a protégé of Duke's artistry and learned the music business from him and members of his big band. Under Duke's tutelage she became an accomplished seasoned singer as well as band leader. Carrie has been hailed as a principal performer in Thomas “Fats” Waller’s musical production of “Ain't Misbehavin’”, a principal performer in the musical “49th Street Jazz, NYC”, and a principal performer in the musical production, “Nunsense”.

“Ms. Jackson is one of the most sought after vocalists in the metropolitan area, her resume looks like a 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

Carrie graces the stage at renowned top jazz venues in NYC, NJ and the metropolitan areas including Birdland, Blue Note, Iridium, Zinc Bar, 55 Bar, Lenox Lounge, Saint Peters Church, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Chez Lucienne, The Metropolitan Room, International Association For Jazz Education Conferences, Cape May Jazz Festival, Shanghai Jazz, Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, William Paterson University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, McLoones Supper Club, Watchung Arts Center, and the Bickford Theatre.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 WAC members, $10 students) at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at watchungartscenter.eventbrite.com. To obtain more information about upcoming performances, classes and workshops, and monthly art exhibitions, please visit WatchungArts.org or call 908-753-0190.

The Watchung Arts Center, located at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung on the Watchung Circle, is a multi-disciplinary arts facility serving Watchung, the surrounding communities and the Tri-State Area.