Newark's Ubiquitous Songstress
Carrie Jackson, an extremely accomplished jazz singer with deep Newark roots, sings in widely separated venues all around the Tristate Metropolitan Area, but mostly in NJ and NYC rather than NYC and its northern and eastern suburbs. I thought to ask, after many emailings that detailed her wanderings, "You DO get around, don't you? How many miles do you have on your car? 100,000?" I underestimated.
She replied, "I try to stay on top of everything, odometer says 154,000. Time for a new car, (smile) gotta keep working to get one." What a great dame (that's jazztalk, not disrespect).
I met Carrie at a concert in the 2009 Essex County Parks concert series, in Weequahic Park. My post of October 10, 2009 includes three videos of her performance. Even then I was running far behind in trying to show how much happens in Newark.
I was disappointed, at the time, with my October 10th blogpost. Now, however, with the perspective of chronological distance, it seems more than fine. Carrie and her company come across as highly professional, which they assuredly are. My only complaint is that I was not able to keep the camera steady, which I can remedy simply by opening the trunk of my car and whipping out my monopod, if my tripod would seem excessive.
In any case, if you see "Carrie Jackson" mentioned in advertising for a jazz venue, know that she is a Newarker, born and bred, proud to be so, and a credit to this fine city.