The incomparable San Francisco-based vocalist Jackie Ryan was a revelation Friday night at Bake's Place, the premier jazz and blues supper club in Issaquah! She eloquently echoed the sentiments of those who lost and those who found love with her exquisite ballads and brought the house all the way down with smokin' hot blues numbers. Jackie's exuberant Brazilian songs of Carnival and searing love songs sung in Portuguese were memorable and she pulled out all the stops that evening! Her banter with the audience was both spontaneous and infectious, and I especially enjoyed the loving anecdotes she shared about great composers as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Abbey Lincoln and Johnny Mercer. Jackie's rendition of classic songs as "Old Black Magic", "No More Blues" and "Throw It Away" was further testament that she is indeed in a class of her own.
I've seen Jackie a number of times in an intimate house concert setting, and this performance with a remarkable rhythm section equally showcased her myriad of amazing talents. Pianist extraordinaire Randy Halberstadt never sounded better and was buoyed so masterfully by the great Jeff Johnson on bass and esteemed drummer Gary Hobbs.
It was truly an evening to savor and remember at Bake's Place and am eagerly anticipating the next time Jackie Ryan is in town. For all of Jackie's stellar Cd's, bio information and upcoming gigs, please visit her wonderful website at jackieryanmusic.com