"Jackie Ryan isn't simply a singer; she's a force of nature. Her voice possesses a weighty power, yet soars with grace and ease. Her ability to transmute into different forms, as dictated by the song lyrics and style, makes her one in a million."
- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Jackie Ryan CD Release Show for Listen Here
Featuring: Xavier Davis, piano
Greg Feingold, bass
Neal Smith, drums
Jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan has been thrilling audiences across the globe with her powerful 3 ½ octave range and her amazing stage presence. She has a style that is uniquely her own. Born of a Mexican mother who sang in Operettas in Mexico and an Irish father who sang classical tenor in many languages, she was, as one critic put it, "simply born to sing."
She has sung all over the world from the famous Ronnie Scott's Club in London (where she was asked to record for their label) to Jazz at Lincoln Center and Birdland in New York to Oakland's Yoshi's, as well as many of the major jazz festivals.
Her style includes an amazing range from gospel and blues to Braziian Bossa Novas. From Latin to Bebop, from Vocalese to the most heartfelt ballads. She sings in several languages. "Everything she sings comes off beautifully, with amazing control. If she sings loud and brassy, she nails it; if she goes soft and silky, she owns it." (Baker and Taylor's CD Hotlist review)
Jackie Ryan teamed with GRAMMY Award winner John Clayton to deliver her latest chart-topping CD, “Listen Here” - a tour de force featuring luscious love songs, a soaring Spanish ballad, a Gershwin classic, pulsating samba rhythms, an original from Oscar winner lyricists– all culminating in a stunning duet with 3-time GRAMMY nominee Gerald Clayton. “Listen Here” has held the coveted number one #1 spot nationwide for 4 straight weeks, making three back-to-back consecutive chart-topping #1 CDs for Ms. Ryan.
Jackie Ryan was a featured artist on NPR, Voice of America, CNN Español, and PRIMETIME A&E. She has shared the stage and/or recorded with: Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Barry Harris, The Jeff Hamilton Trio, Amina Figarova, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Alexander, Jeremy Pelt, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, Red Holloway, Romero Lubambo, and Jon Hendricks, to name just a few.
She is "one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time. She is the thoroughbred vocal equivalent of the Triple Crown, rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall."
- Christopher Loudon, JAZZTIMES