Jackie Ryan

Jackie Ryan

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: San Francisco

"One of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time... rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall."
—Christopher Loudon, JAZZ TIMES

Updated: May 25, 2022

Jackie teamed with GRAMMY Award winner John Clayton to deliver her chart- topping CD “Listen Here” - a tour de force through a myriad of jazz idioms — from blues and gospel flavored jazz gems, to luscious love songs, a soaring Spanish ballad, a Gershwin classic, pulsating samba rhythms, an original with lyrics penned by GRAMMY/Oscar/Emmy Award winners — all culminating with the title track: a stunning duet with 3-time GRAMMY nominee Gerald Clayton.

“Those who hear her are the fortunate ones,” writes Howard Mandel - president, Jazz Journalists Association; “An astonishing contralto voice,” (DOWNBEAT), thrilling audiences across the globe with her powerful 3 & 1/2 octave range and her magnetic stage presence - and amassing, along the way, an impressive array of records (three back-to-back #1 CDs on JazzWeek's nationwide chart) and glowing reviews.

Her previous outing - a double CD, “DOOZY” - featured Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Alexander, Jeremy Pelt, Carl Allen, Ray Drummond and Romero Lubambo, garnered universal praise (4-Stars from both DOWNBEAT and AMG), and held the #1 position nationwide on JazzWeek's industry-standard chart for a record-breaking 7 solid weeks. Her previous CD, “You and The Night and The Music” featuring Red Holloway, Tamir Hendelman, and Jeff Hamilton among others, also received 4 stars from AMG and DOWNBEAT

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”Extraordinary Is The Word! . . . A World Class Talent. Jazz singing at its very best.” — Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times

”Extravagantly Gifted! . . . Astonishing range - both emotionally and stylistically. A true jazz original.” — Andrew Gilbert, jazz critic

”Sweeping vocal powers. . . A real discovery of a singer. . . Jackie Ryan's chemistry of passion is truly sensational.” — John Fordham, The London Guardian

”The fiery multilingual Ryan is mightily impressive!” — Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

”Singing from the heart

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