Eugenie Jones

Eugenie Jones

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: Seattle

This is an extraordinary singer, songwriter, and a source of a light we are fortunate to experience.
—Reggie Workman, Bassist / NEA Jazz Master

Updated: March 11, 2022

Born: February 3

The connection between travel and the discovery and broadening of one’s artistic voice is a consistent theme in the jazz continuum: Louis Armstrong goes up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Chicago; Charlie Parker goes east from Kansas City to New York; Ornette Coleman moves from Fort Worth to California; and Ray Charles relocates from Florida to Seattle.

The places and spaces the award-winning vocalist/composer/lyricist Eugenie Jones has traveled in the eight years she’s been on the jazz scene cover a wide range of landscapes and longings, from her humble beginnings in West Virginia, to her move to Seattle where—through inspiration and an inexhaustible work ethic—she transformed herself into a jazz vocalist of impeccable taste, with a respect for the jazz tradition and the courage to try something new. Her first two recordings, Black Lace Blue Tears (2013) and Come Out Swingin’ (2015), both feature these attributes.

With the release of her new two-disc, 15-track recording Players, Jones takes jazz traveling to a whole new level. Four years in the making, Players— independently produced and recorded on her own Open Mic Records label— finds Jones crisscrossing the United States with stops in Dallas, New York, Chicago, and Seattle, where she recorded with a top-notch cadre of 32 jazz musicians, including the legendary bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, trombonist Julian Priester, percussionist Bobby Sanabria, and bassist Lonnie Plaxico, as well as Young Turks Marquis Hill (trumpet) and Jovan Johnson (trombone), to name a few. These players joined Jones on a musical magic carpet ride powered by standards by Irving Berlin, Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin, and Nina Simone, and ten of Jones’s original compositions.

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Jones, “has a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones. But she never overdoes it, never overflows with emotion, never goes too high or too low, but always sings with a restraint that’s cosmopolitan, yet not soulless. Charles Mundede, Associate Editor, The Stranger, Seattle, WA

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There Are Thorns

From: Players
By Eugenie Jones

Swing Me

From: Come Out Swingin'
By Eugenie Jones

I Could Get Lost In Your Eyes

From: Come Out Swingin'
By Eugenie Jones

Black Lace Blue Tears

From: Black Lace Blue Tears
By Eugenie Jones

A Good Day

From: Black Lace Blue Tears
By Eugenie Jones

Eugenie Jones Albums