Friday, June 20, 2014
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jackie Ryan
Jackie Ryan is a jazz singer from San Francisco. She has been recording on her own label since 2000 and has worked with many jazz luminaries. Her father is a classically trained Irish baritone. Her mother moved from Acapulco, Mexico to San Francisco with her family. Her mom died when Jackie was 15. Jackie got a big break when legendary jazz singer Eddie Jefferson took a liking to her and this led to her moving to England to be the house singer at the famed Ronnie Scott's club in London. When she returned to San Francisco, she recorded and toured with a who's who of jazz including Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Barry Harris and Red Holloway. She records for her own label Open Art Records. Speak Low is from the 2009 2CD set Doozy. Her musical director is pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Other musicians are Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Eric Alexander on sax, Romero Lubambo on guitar, Ray Drummond on bass and Carl Allen on drums. Speak Low was written by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash and sung by Mary Martin in the 1943 show One Touch Of Venus. Guy Lombardo had a hit with Speak Low in 1944. Since then, Speak Low has become a jazz standard that has been recorded by Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Clark, Stan Kenton and many others. Jackie Ryan's latest solo CD Listen Here was released Jan. 2013. She also appears on Swing Fever by Grandmasters Of Jazz featuring Clark Terry, Buddy Defranco and Terry Gibbs which was released Oct. 2013. Jazz vocal fans should check out Jackie Ryan. Here's Jackie Ryan with Steve Campos on flugelhorn, Larry Dunlap on piano, Ruth Davies on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums performing Speak Low at Yoshi's in San Francisco 2009.