Award Winning singer/songwriter Eugenie Jones performs the music of Nina Simone to honor Simone’s 92nd birthday. Jones will also perform music from her own compositions.
Eugenie Jones is a performer that makes audiences feel jazz. Jones is an emotive, engaging song stylist that entertains, dazzles and decisively wins over audiences. Reminiscent of style and sophistication of iconic vocalists of the past, Jones sings and scats her way vivaciously through mainstream jazz, but also draws listeners inside contemporary storylines, sharing original tunes that have earned her recognition as a cleverly gifted lyricist. Jones has self-produced two primarily original vocal jazz projects earning her ranking on Jazz Week Review Top-50, #1 spots on CMJ charts, favorable reviews from Down Beat, Jazziz, All About Jazz, and numerous other industry mediums, and her original single, “A Good Day” has been downloaded more than 9,000 times. “In that overcrowded arena known as “female jazz singers”, Seattle-based Eugenie Jones manages to stand apart from the crowd. Ms. Jones has filled both of her outstanding albums with her own engaging compositions. This fact alone differentiates her as she is one of the very few African-American women singer-songwriters in jazz today. And finally, the lady can sing as well as she can write. She is an intelligent, thoughtful composer in the tradition of Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone. Fans of true jazz singing, it’s time for you to sit up and take notice.” – C. Davenport/Curt’s Jazz
“ …brimming with confidence and authority; impressive,” Kirk Silsbee/Down Beat
“ … Full of passion & raw emotion, a rare breed of artist,” Brent Black/Critical Jazz
“..has a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones.” Charles Mudede, The Stranger Arts & Performance
Friday, February 21st | 7:30pm
$15 student, $30 VCA Members, $35 General, $40 first two rows