Our Sunday Singers series presents an evening with jazz vocalist Judi Jackson.
Doors at 6:00pm. Set times: 7:30pm and 9:00pm.
No music charge. Two-item minimum per person at tables. Reserve a table.
Ari Hoenig: drums // Wayne Escoffery: saxophone // Jon Michel: bass // Mike King: keyboards // Judi Jackson: vocals
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Judi Jackson is a multi-talented actor and jazz vocalist from Roanoke, Virginia born in 1993. With a “great tone, and poise that is beyond her years (Roanoke Times),” Judi has performed on a variety of stages with a myriad of world-class talents. Judi was introduced to the world of jazz through the Jefferson Center's Music Lab, a school for young artists and musicians to learn, practice, and perform their talents. At the age of 14 Judi was fortunate enough to meet Wynton Marsalis at the Jefferson Center performance hall after a show. He sent her a box of music the following Christmas that became the seed of inspiration for her development as a jazz vocalist. She began listening to and studying the sounds of Blossom Dearie, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mahalia Jackson, amongst many other greats. She continued studying over the next several years and started gaining more experience as a performer by opening for acts such as Mavis Staples. Shortly thereafter she released her first album, “Crashing down” with Judi and the Giants, on the Music Lab's label. Judi has shared the stage with Snarky Puppy, and recorded her original piece, “Only Love”, last spring with the Grammy award winning group.
Judi's love for storytelling as a Jazz vocalist has also transferred over into other areas of her career. She is an actor who has starred in a variety of shows, including the University of Mary Washington’s productions of Rent, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening and Sunday in the Park with George. She made her professional debut performance in Ithaca, New York where she played Sunny in Slashes of Light by Judy Tate at the Kitchen Theatre. Currently at the age of 22, Judi is now living in New York City performing and collaborating on projects with several musicians, Tivon Pennicott, Sullivan Fortner, and Michael Mwenso, to name a few. She aspires to continue performing as a vehicle for sharing love to all willing to receive it.