Sweet, calming, warm and soothing – all ways that listeners describe vocalist Jackie Gage.
There’s an intimate and hushed feeling present in her live concerts. It’s as if she’s reading your heart, sharing personal memories of love and loss – at times vulnerable, and equally sweet and sincere. It’s an uplifting experience that’s not to miss.
She is a musical storyteller; her debut album Siren Songs found praise from the likes of AFROPUNK, All About Jazz, and Singersroom alike, celebrating her youthful nod to the future of jazz.
Originally from San Jose, California, Jackie was a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist, and one of the recipients of the inaugural Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award.
It wasn’t much later when she moved to New York and began to perform with East Coast bandleaders Marc Cary, Winard Harper, and Antoinette Montague. She has opened for Darlene Love, El Debarge, Eric Benét, The Brand New Heavies, Digable Planets, and Tony Toni Toné, among others. Her music has also been heard internationally, from KCSM, KCRW and Hawaii’s CUH, all the way to Jazz FM in England.
Recent opportunities led by Music Director Marc Cary have also immersed her in the music of Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter, playing with the likes of Terri Lyne Carrington, Marion Cowings, Reggie Workman, John Webber, Curtis Lundy, Kenyatta Beasley, JD Allen, and Clarence Penn, among others.
She has also been heard performing with LA’s electronic disco producer Captain Supernova, Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born, Vermont pianist Joshua David Washington, and NY rapper Dane Lawrence. She can be seen visiting California regularly, touring the state from Harlow’s in Sacramento, down to The Mint and Blue Whale in Los Angeles. Additional past performances include BB King’s and The Bitter End in New York, Minton’s in Harlem, DC’s Howard Theatre, Philadelphia’s South Kitchen, Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, Harlem Stage, the Pittsburg Cultural Trust, Fillmore Jazz Festival, and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. East Coast residencies include Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, the Cell Theatre, and the George’s, here in Astoria.