FEATURED ARTIST: Jacqueline Tabor
Jacqueline Tabor, the award-winning Pacific Northwest vocalist, is both a student of music and one of its most sought-after Emerald City performers. Skills, of course, are honed, experience is earned, and Tabor has amassed a great deal of both in her time as an artist. She first studied jazz in high school under pianist Jack Halm before continuing her education in the blues at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Later, Tabor worked with the accomplished Cornish College vocalist, Andrienne Wilson, and followed that with performances in Kobe, Japan, upon winning the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association Female Jazz Vocalist Award.
In 2011, she released her debut LP, What a Wonderful World, which helped Tabor earn the prestigious Earshot Jazz Award for Northwest Vocalist of the Year in 2012. Tabor released her second album in 2014, The Jazz in You, which was recorded live by KNKX’s (formerly KPLU’s) Jim Wilke at the Seattle Jazz Vespers. In 2018, Tabor’s third album, The Lady in the Gown, was released. This project has fifteen jazz tunes including the original title track.
Tabor went on to accept an Earshot Jazz Award again, receiving the 2018 Vocalist of the Year honor, while also being nominated in the Album of the Year category for The Lady in the Gown.
In February 2019, she was featured at Benaroya Hall, Kirkland Performance Center, and Edmonds Center for the Arts with the legendary Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. In fine form, Tabor received a standing ovation in tribute and celebration of the great singers who collaborated with the Count Basie Orchestra.
In May 2020, Jacqueline received the 2019 Earshot Vocalist of the Year award for the third time and is a valued member of the Seattle jazz community.