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Jill Salkin

Jill Salkin describes herself to be a hybrid singer and songwriter. Her many musical influences include Motown, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, and Steely Dan.

Jill started writing poetry at 14, and and then began writing songs, accompanying herself with guitar and piano. Her voice study began at 16, which she continued through college and beyond.

Her earliest performances were in coffee houses, and through the years, Jill has honed her craft as a singer and performer in a variety of venues such as clubs, in casino lounges and as a background vocalist for showroom headliners in Atlantic City, recording projects, and jazz clubs in Philadelphia and New York City.

In 2001, Jill released her first CD, Heart’s Desire, a collection of her original songs, which had some select airplay. 2009 brought the release of The Very Thought of You, a compilation of jazz standards and one of her original songs. The new CD has been featured on jazz radio stations in the U.S.

Jill’s son, Jordan Howell, is a fine drummer, coming into his own in the jazz scene in Philadelphia and New York. When you listen to the songs on Jill’s first CD, you can hear the inspiration her young son brought to her life. Now, Jill is excited about bringing that full circle by having Jordan play on her gigs.

With ongoing radio airplay and live performances, Jill looks forward to broadening her audience, bringing her unique style and stage presence to many new listeners.



Performance / Tour

Vocalist Jill Salkin In Cheltenham on Wednesday Dec. 5th

Vocalist Jill Salkin In Cheltenham on Wednesday Dec. 5th

Source: Jim Miller

Jazz Bridge in Cheltenham! presents singer Jill Salkin, appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts—439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham—on December 5th. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30. WRTI Radio’s Bob Perkins described Jill Salkin as a genuinely fine jazz voice. Critic and author Scott Yanow wrote that she is an excellent singer/songwriter with a clear and appealing voice. Jill Salkin’s versatility is noteworthy as well, as she’s been ...



Jill Salkin featured on JazzOn2.org

Source: Jill Salkin

Selections from Jill Salkin's CD, The Very Thought of You were featured this week on JazzOn2.org, by host Joe Cataldo. Four songs from Jill's latest release were played, including one original composition. As Jill continues to be heard on stations around the country, she has garnered some fine reviews: “How sweet it is for a radio jazz DJ to now and then receive music from a talented vocalist, he or she has not heard before. Jill is by no means ...

"Jill Salkin is one of those rare artists for whom a song’s meaning is as important as its melody. Her personal, fresh interpretation of standards on her latest release slow the heartbeat and raise the mental senseswith great musicianship and a wonderful group backing her up, Jill delivers vocal artistryat the highest level on this collection andI would recommend it to any jazz fan." Eric Cohen - WAER, Syracuse

"How sweet it is for a radio jazz DJ to now and then receive music from a talented vocalist, he or she has not heard before. A jazz programmer’s show is as good as the artists presented on the show. So, stacking the deck with good stuff is paramount.

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