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.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!