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The talent that is Jackie Greggs shows up as exquisite demanding your undivided attention and gently caresses the musical beat and rhythm of your heart. Jackie Greggs, a Shreveport, Louisiana native and 14 year professional vocalist did not begin her musical journey into the world of jazz early on but instead grew up listening to Rhythm and Blues and Gospel music. She performs throughout the tri-state areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Greggs, is accompanied by the finest, seasoned and extremely talented musicians. She also loves to perform duos with her vocals with the melodic strings of an acoustic guitar, or upright bass. This elegant combination allows the beautiful timbre of her voice to melt into the lushness of the each note she releases. These musical duos are “ear candy” for the listener.
Many musicians praise Greggs’ impeccable phrasing abilities and the emotional feelings that are expressed when she sings. When asked about her approach to jazz she says, “I am Jazz and Jazz is me. I connect spiritually, physically, and emotionally to the music. It’s almost indescribable what happens when I open my mouth to sing. I get lost in another world it’s as if the music and I become one. I don’t know where it ends and where I begin or vice versa. That’s the powerful effect music has on me. But in all things I do, i.e. music I let myself be used, like a vessel and what comes out is always magical and I always marvel at how the Creator expresses itself through me in the form of music. I’m always in awe. ”
Greggs, was the first to bring a “Tribute to Billie Holiday, Her Life and Music” in 2004 to a standing room only audience. In 2005, Jackie focused on the blues in her “Welcome to Jackie’s Blues Café” performance in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Southern University Shreveport Louisiana called on Jackie Greggs to perform in The Cotton Club Returns with an “Evening with Ella” in 2008, and A “Tribute to the Legendary Nat King Cole” in 2009.
In 2010, Greggs took her “Remembering Mr. Nat King Cole” Tribute to St. Joseph, Louisiana for a special Valentine’s Day performance. She continues to wow audiences in the Tri-State area with her “Great Ladies of Jazz Series” which focuses on the legendary work of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and Peggy Lee.
Like many musicians and vocalists she began her early singing in the church. It wasn’t until much later after listening to Dianne Reeve’s “Better Days” was the light for the love of Jazz lit. She’s studied the greats: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Gloria Lynn, Dinah Washington, Betty Carter, Carmen McCrae, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Lester Young, Cannonball Adderley just to name a few.
Jackie has continued to invest in her Vocal Development and craft by attending the University of Texas’ “Summer Jazz Vocalist Workshop” 2002 in Denton, Texas; “Pamela Hart’s Vocal Jazz Workshop” Austin, Texas 2004; Recording Vocal Jazz Artists Suzie Stern & Roseanne Vitro’s “Vocal and Performance workshop,” Houston, Texas w/Jane Vandiver 2004; The International Jazz Educators Association Conference, Long Beach, California, 2005; The Houston Jazz Institute’s Vocal Workshop with Horace Young Alexander, Houston, Texas 2009.
Jackie Greggs can often be found performing in jazz clubs and venues from New Orleans to Houston, Texas and soon internationally. Jackie, also performs “The Great American Songbook”, “The Gershwin Songbook” and “Great Ladies Sing the Blues” solo concerts.
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What others say about Vocalist, Jackie Greggs:
“Jackie Greggs glides effortlessly between R&B and Jazz. In so doing, her voice seems to channel those of great singers like Sarah Vaughn, Phyllis Hyman and Anita Baker. Her stage presence is impeccable. Her audiences know that they are in for one hell of a show every time she takes the stage.”
-Rob Lloyd, Radio Personality, 97.3 FM “The Soul of the City”, Monroe, La
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Please see above. I have toured all over the state of Louisiana and some in the Tri-State area.
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Here are Jackie Greggs' Basic Requirements for a live performance on stage. These requirements can be used in small, medium, and large size concert halls, event centers, large clubs, ball/banquet rooms, and many other venue formats. Smaller venue formats (club, residence, office, small event room, etc.) will not require many of the specifications listed below.
Most of the specifications are negotiable and interchangeable.
The band size may be reduced to a quartet, trio, or duo to meet client requirements.
If selected for Juried Showcase, musicians will bring their instruments with them.
Load In time: Approximately 30 minutes
We will need:
Vocalist: Mic and monitor
Monitors for Bass Player, Saxophone, Drums, Guitar
- Stage Size = 16 x 12 minimum (negotiable)
Lighting: Standard stage cans lighting
- High quality 24-channel mixing console
- EQ Rack with reverb on both main and monitor mixes
- Monitor mixes depending on size of band (4 mixes are optimum)
- Floor monitors depending on size of band (6 wedges are optimum)
Backline: If backline is supplied by requestor:
- 5-piece drum kit with 20" or 22" kick
- Bass amplifier
- Guitar amplifier
- Two dressing rooms minimum: (1) accommodate for one female, and (2) accommodate 4 males
- Hotel accommodations for 5 rooms, non-smoking in a 3 to 5 star rating hotel
- Provide air or ground transportation to venues exceeding a 200 mile radius from Monroe, LA, USA.
- Provide ground transportation to/from airport, train, or bus stations
- Provide ground transportation to/from performance venues and hotel.
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Upper End is
$3500 for full quartet
$2000 - 2500 for duo or trio performances (depends on distance of travel)
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