“Re: SHADES OF LOVE... Jody Jaress sings with a warmth and soft, bluesy delivery that make it easy for an audience to just sit back and enjoy the experience. She exudes a sensual sound on every song personalizing and enhancing the lyrics. She took the audience through various stages of love, opening cleverly with a sultry take on " The Glory of Love." She then wove her way from puppy love..a soft, sweet version of "Too Young" to teenage angst..an introspective "You Don't Know Me" to marriage..a lilting "Embraceable You" and a delightful "Makin' Whoopee" to disillusion...a mellow "Sunny." One of several standout moments came when Jaress sang a slowed-down version of Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me To The End of Love" interpersed with her friend's original poetry creating a mesmerizing, haunting presentation. Fun with a hip-swiveling version of "Walkin After Midnight" After 70 minutes Jaress exited. The audience insisted on more! Unplanned, Jaress returned giving us a REAL encore.”
“Re: HAUNTING MOVIE MEMORIES Oct. 5, 2012 at Tom Rolla's Gardenia in West Hollywood, CA… Jody Jaress performed an ecclectic mix of movie songs that have stayed with her throughout the years, combining a deep, throaty voice with excellent acting abilities. Selections included the dramatic "Remember My Forgotten Man", a swinging "Zip A Dee-Doo-Dah", a resonant "Ruby" and a rarely heard "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte." She also sang a breathy version of "Put The Blame On Mame" where she swung her hips in a reasonable facsimile of Rita Hayworth's memorable dance moves. Jaress had strong backing from Dave Moscoe on piano, Tim Emmons on bass, and Dan Weinstein on trumpet, trombone and electric violin. A fourth musician stepped out of the audience...a very adept Matt Watson on harmonica to accompany Jaress on a bluesy version of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Ol Man River." Jaress sings in a relaxed, slightly jazzy style with excellent acting abilities.”
"Enjoyed one spectacular show last night with beautiful and extremely creative vocalists Jody Jaress at the Gardenia.... What fun! Thank you Jody!"
"One of my favorite singers, Jody Jaress, performing the Rogers and Hart classic, "My Funny Valentine", Jaress eased into the tune almost as if the she and the band were not in synch. Then, things locked up into a tight little bossa that helped settle the crowd. Jaress' voice and the band's virtuosity made this version entertaining."
“If I had to pick the best performance of the night, it had to be Jody Jaress. Her rendition of Hammerstein II/Kern's 'Can't Help Loving Dat Man' was truly magical. Great performances can't be ignored. They make you stop people from talking around you. That's what Jaress did on this night. Extremely patient (Shirley Horn-like), solid and thick vocals, trust in the band and just good old storytelling made her time on the mic a real pleasure. I'd like to hear this singer, live, as often as possible. Top-notch work here.”