CARRIE JACKSON BIO
Carrie is a New Jersey native who nurtured and honed her talents in Newark, the former Jazz Mecca of New Jersey. She has acquired a vast amount of experience in a wide variety of musical genres. She began her musical career when she was 6 years old singing in the children's choir at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, NJ. Carrie studied piano and voice with Howard "Duke" Anderson, teacher, composer and arranger. She is a protégé of Duke's artistry and learned the music business from him. Under "Duke's tutelage she became an accomplished seasoned singer as well as band leader. Carrie has been hailed a "Diva," as principal performer in Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller’s Musical Production, "Ain't Misbehavin,” a principal performer in Musical “49th Street Jazz, NY, and a principle performer Musical, ‘Nunsense”.
The spontaneous interplay with her longtime bandmates, Tomoko Ohno, Lou Rainone, Steve Freeman, Gordon Lane, Lenny Argese, creates a unique and captivating ensemble….
Carrie Jackson is President/CEO of C-Jay Recording & Productions, Inc. t/n C-Jay Records established in 1996 and has produced several CD's including her critically-acclaimed CD, "The Nearness of You," and her latest CD, “If I Had My Way." Carrie currently serves as Board Member/Secretary, International Women. Board Member/Director, New Jersey Jazz Society, past Vice President, Jazz Institute of New Jersey, and past Choir Director, Diamond Girls, Newark Public School System, Newark, NJ. Carrie has toured the U.S. and abroad, can be seen regularly around the New York, New Jersey metropolitan areas. Please visit Carrie’s official web site: www.CJ-ayRecords.com. “New Jersey/New York—based jazz vocalist Ms. Carrie Jackson is considered one of the most consistently interesting vocalists on the New York scene” and “one of the top jazz singers around today” She combines jazz originals, standards, pop/blues tunes, and open improvisation in an adventurous, genre-bending style that’s inspirational and original; a singer with a sound” Jerome Wilson, Cadence Jazz “
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I had a great time at your birthday bash. As always, still on the road. Florida, but around till feb. 10th, then in april, then maybe august...life is good. You're the best. the world should know that. give gil my best as well.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."