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In April of 2012 this singer was awarded 2011 NW Vocalist of the Year with the Golden Ear Award.
Jacqueline Tabor, who won the annual Kobe Jazz Queen Competition held at Jazz Alley in March 2011, has released her debut album. “What a Wonderful World,” which features renditions of the classics such as “The Very Thought of You” and “Pennies from Heaven”. Her songs are delivered with understated emotional intensity that pulls the listener in and holds them there.
Tabor is most heavily influenced by Sarah Vaughn and her deep melodic style. However being the God Daughter of the late and great Seattle Icon Edmonia Jarrett her work and sacrifices have inspired Tabor to craft a style that is powerful, expressive and touching. Her other influences include Diane Reeves, Jill Scott, Adele and Mel Torme.
While Tabor has always had vocal talent, it wasn’t until 2004 that she began to study from well-known Cornish College of the Arts instructor and local jazz artist Andrienne Wilson. Under Wilson’s tutelage, Tabor flourished and gained confidence to take her artistry to a new level, performing at Tula’s in Seattle. In 2005, she joined with the Black Lab Trio where she continued to hone her craft until becoming a solo artist in December 2010.
It was shortly after going solo, that Tabor won the Kobe Jazz Queen Vocalist competition, which allowed her to travel to Kobe, Japan where she performed for an audience of 500 at Asahi Hall on May 14th, 2011.
To produce her CD, Tabor gathered around her a close-knit, but all-star, cast of musicians who know her style and can intuitively follow the musical direction she sets. Her in-studio musicians included: Hans Brehmer on Piano, Larry Holloway on Bass, Ken French on Drums and Alexey Nikolaev on Saxophone.
On December 4th, 2011 she performed with the well known Lake Union Civic Orchestra at Town Hall ,under the direction of Christophe Chagnard, singing “The Christmas Song” and “White Christmas”, it was quite a success.
Jacqueline has been honored to be nominated for the Golden Ear award in the category of NW Vocalist of the year, a ceremony will be held on April 11th at Tulas Jazz Club.
She happily lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and three children.