Vocalist of the Year,
Earshot Award Winner.
Jacqueline Tabor, the award-winning Pacific Northwest vocalist, is both a student of music and one of its most sought-after Emerald City performers. Skills, of course, are honed, experience is earned, and Tabor has amassed a great deal of both in her time as an artist. She first studied jazz in high school under pianist Jack Halm before continuing her education in the blues at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Later, Tabor worked with the accomplished Cornish College vocalist, Andrienne Wilson, and followed that with performances in Kobe, Japan, upon winning the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association Female Jazz Vocalist Award.
In 2011, she released her debut LP, What a Wonderful World, which helped Tabor earn the prestigious Earshot Jazz Award for Northwest Vocalist of the Year in 2012. Tabor released her second album in 2014, The Jazz in You, which was recorded live by KNKX’s (formerly KPLU’s) Jim Wilke at the Seattle Jazz Vespers. This project received national acclaim and exposure to airways. Late it went on to be showcased in a coveted KNKX in-studio session in 2016, now available on YouTube/NPR. This experience later inspired her next step that turned into an evolution of her career.
In 2018, Tabor’s third album, The Lady in the Gown, was released. This project has fifteen jazz tunes including the original title track.
As she prepared for her third album, Tabor was on the hunt for a fresh sound and decided to collaborate with the wonderful 200 Trio. Max Holmberg on drums is an inspiration to rhythm and brings a coolness and savvy more seasoned musicians yearn to obtain. Greg Feingold is a bass playing purist, meaning one who can play without electronic amplification. The strength of his strumming is simultaneously tremendous and subtle. Cole Schuster is a beautiful guitarist who keeps a very “cool customer” look on his face while playing monster licks that move your heart and make your mind think. These men have really created a space for Tabor to broaden her song list with great support and respect.
Tabor went on to accept an Earshot Jazz Award for the second time, receiving the 2018 Vocalist of the Year honor, while also being nominated in the Album of the Year category for The Lady in the Gown.
In February 2019, she was featured at Benaroya Hall, Kirkland Performance Center, and Edmonds Center for the Arts with the legendary Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. In fine form, Tabor received a standing ovation in tribute and celebration of the great singers who collaborated with the Count Basie Orchestra.
Tabor is a true performer and can be bold on stage. She is unafraid to showcase what her music offers to listeners. Jacqueline has an uncanny ability to make you feel at home no matter where you are sitting and handles a jazz standard with purity and confidence.
You can catch the Seattle Chanteuse and her group performing at standing gigs at famed Tula’s Jazz Club, the elegant Sorrento Hotel, and The Cottage in Bothell.
“Tabor's surprise is her own composition, the namesake of the CD, "Lady in the Gown." Relating a jazz singer's life, this song is jammed with an upbeat spirit of confidence. Tabor lets us know with pluck and humor that she "loves her music just like her man" and that she "rocks it like a queen that's proud." Tabor's love of life and love of music sparkles and beckons through all her songs.”–Lucienne Aggarwal, Earshot Magazine
"Jacqueline Tabor’s voice seems to transcend those modest goals by the sheer perfection of the execution. I know this is a personal thing, but there's something about Tabor's voice that is so exquisitely rendering and so flawless. I don't think she sings one single note that isn't the right note, with the perfect amount of sustained vibrato. Yet there's nothing about her voice that isn't deeply human and touched by the emotions contained in the lyrics."-Marc Phillips, The Vinyl Anachronist
“The Pacific Northwest is ripe with talent from creative talents that lean towards the avant-garde, to rock-based jazz enterprises, to straight-ahead aficionados, to bluesy chanteuses. Vocalist Jacqueline D. Tabor fits squarely in the latter category."-Geannine Reid, All About Jazz
“Tabor has a grasp on multiple genres of music, from jazz, to blues, to Americana to traditional ballads. On her latest release, "The Lady in The Gown," she showcases them all with a voice that is very sweet and pervasively easy to listen to.”-Paul Wilson, Audiophile Review
Jacqueline Tabor - Autumn Leaves
Jacqueline Tabor - Boy from Ipanema
Jacqueline Tabor - Pennies from Heaven
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Photography by Christine Quetola