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Jazz Vocalist Jackie Ryan on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | May 24, 2013 10:59 AM

Saturday, May 25 at 8 p.m. on witf's Center Stage


The reviews for the concerts and recordings of singer Jackie Ryan are numerous and lavish with praise. One example from JazzTimes  said that she is

one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time. She is the thoroughbred vocal equivalent of the Triple Crown, rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall.

Her double-cd set called Doozy stayed at the number 1 spot nationwide on the jazz charts for seven weeks, a record for a vocal recording only matched by Diana Krall’s From This Moment On.  Her latest recording. Listen Here, also went to the top of the jazz charts.

Jackie Ryan was a featured artist on NPR, Voice of America, CNN Español, and Primetime A&E.

Her appearance on Center Stage is from a concert presented by the Central PA Friends of Jazz at the Ware Center in Lancaster in November of 2012.

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As part of that series of concerts, CPFOJ also presented the legendary bassist Rufus Reid and the Out Front Trio. Reid is an honored member of the CPFOJ Hall of Fame. Our Center Stage Spotlight feature on this program provides an interview with him and a sampling of some of his music.


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