24-year old vocalist Judi Jackson released her debut EP ‘Blame It On My Youth’ in 2017. Blending elements of soul, jazz and R&B, adorned with lush harmonic textures and melodic touchstones on themes of love and family, the EP features seven original tracks which present an introduction to a pre-eminent young vocal talent whose star is firmly on the rise. Jackson’s music has been heard by many, following a guest appearance on Snarky Puppy’s Grammy-winning album Family Dinner – Volume One, for which she composed and performed the track “Only Love”, and as a result of a high profile support slot with Mavis Staples.
Performing since the age of 12, Jackson was fully set on her path following an impromptu encounter with Wynton Marsalis who subsequently sent her a box of music that became the seed of inspiration for her development as a vocalist. Jackson began listening to and studying the sounds of Blossom Dearie, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson amongst many others and was soon performing across America and the UK.
Although lauded for her popular tribute shows, which see her perform the works of Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse, it’s through her own music that Jackson’s unique talent truly shines. As accomplished a songwriter as she is a performer, Jackson has been described as possessing a tone and poise beyond her years and at the age of 24 the singer-songwriter from Raonoke, Virginia is set for a lengthy and fascinating career.
Judi Jackson – Lead vocals
Jamie Safir – Piano / Keys
Joe Downard – Bass
Will Cleasby – Drums
PAARD | Second Stage | Time: 00:15 – 01:15 hrs.