Ladies and gentlemen, and all local music enthusiasts, welcome back to the fourth annual outing of our year-end daily local music spotlight, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’ll be showcasing a new band or artist on the cutting edge of the Northwest, presented by Verity Credit Union. Make sure to check the #100Bands100Days hashtag at Twitter daily to stay on top of all the bands featured, and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter and NW_Music_Scene as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored Northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today, on the second to last day of 2017, we’re upping the ante by looking at an esteemed, award-winning jazz outfit residing in the Northwest, the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band.
Fronted by a singer-songwriter that lives and actively performs within the Northwest, the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band has made a name for themselves over the course of the busy years they’ve been together, recognized as both a worthwhile studio band and one of the best in their genre today in the live setting. Frontwoman Jacqueline Tabor’s sizzling alto singing voice gives an elegance and sense of presence that few other contemporary jazz bands can capture, without deterring too far from accepted jazz standards. The way Tabor’s voice gently glides over the drifting, delicate jazz instrumentation makes for a satisfying listening experience every time.
The Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band’s sophomore studio album, The Jazz in You, perfectly captures the acute emotional weight of Tabor’s singing voice, accompanied by peppy instrumentation primarily driven by tender piano chords and slick, whiskey-soaked saxophone. Songs on the album like the short, but swinging and passionate “Under the Spell of the Blues,” the big band-esque ballad “Fly Me to the Moon,” and the profoundly sad closing track, “You’ve Changed” perfectly showcase the sheer emotional blows the album is willing to dish out, but each song on the album manages to contain a nice groove that’s rode to its fullest, and sensual vocals that you’ll fall in love with instantly.
The future of jazz is looking bright thanks to bands like the Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band.
A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner.