Jackie Paris


About Jackie Paris

"Jackie Paris is representative of that rare genius, the male jazz singer. Paris is one of the handful of male singers who have retained the true jazz sound."
Leonard Feather

Anyone can appreciate Jackie without having to be a music fanatic, a "jazz head" or without knowing anything about Jackie's life. However, his story is a remarkable part of the history of jazz.


Click here to see what Will Friedwald of the Village Voice has to say about Jackie

He toured with and performed with the Charlie Parker Quintet which included Miles Davis, Max Roach, Duke Jordan and Tommy Potter. Jackie is featured this other article from the Village Voice as well.

Jackie introduced the first vocal recording of Thelonious Monk's classic standard "Round Midnight". He was one of Charles Mingus' favorite singers, and was the first vocal artist on Mingus' label Debut, recording "Portrait" and "Paris in Blue", which Mingus wrote for him.

He toured and performed with the Lionel Hampton Big Band for two years, where he was billed as "The Voice". He also recorded with the original Dizzy Gillespie Big Band.

"Jackie, whether in a club or on a recording, is able to so reach listeners, one at a time, that they in turn join their powers of concentration to his and so a microcosm is formed. He is an original!"
Nat Hentoff

At one time or another he won just about every jazz poll and award, including the Downbeat, Playboy, Swing Journal and Metronome polls/awards. As a leader or a sideman he has worked with virtually every great jazz musician.

Jackie's story is so incredible that it can't be done justice on this page. However, if you want to learn more, a good place to start is Will Friedwald's Village Voice article.

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