"I've been immersed in the music business, notably with singers (Nat Cole, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, etc.) for almost 60 years, so I consider myself a good judge of the arena and the people who inhabit it.
To anyone who really listens, it becomes immediately apparent that Jackie Ryan ranks very high among all other present day singers - no matter what the category to which they belong - and that she's probably the most skilled.
She draws out the very essence of a song just by singing the lyrics and the notes with unadorned sincerity. She makes every song fresh and full-faced, as if each were important news. She's never strident or over-expressive, and always completely locked into the spirit of the song.
Like Lady Day, Sassy, Peggy, Carmen, and only a few others, Jackie makes everything she sings matter. There's an intimacy between herself and whoever is listening. You can play her cds in the privacy of your bedroom, or hear her in a concert hall. Either way, it's always the same; a one-on-one experience. It's as if she's sharing a secret with only you. And you'll believe every word.
There's nothing I can praise about her singing and performance that doesn't,
in some way, sell her short. Jackie Ryan is, quite simply, an extraordinarily
gifted artist with her own unmistakable identity."
"...a true jazz singer - and a damn good one, too! I've had the pleasure of concertizing with her so I know. Be sure to give a good listen to this CD, and when you have a chance to catch her in person - do it!"
"I had the pleasure of working with Jackie Ryan and she really knocked me out every time she sang. If you want to hear somebody with good pipes, good time, good feeling, good sound, good intonation and can swing - listen to Jackie Ryan."
"One of the best singers to sing at Ronnie's since Shirley Horn."
"'It's Jackie!'. . . which means: it's sparklin' and swingin' - like good Jazz singin."
"One loves to hear a great singer - especially one with style, control, pitch and a wonderful sense of rhythm. Jackie Ryan is one of those rare talents - she has it all, plus beauty. I love her sound. She is destined to become a major star."
"A real discovery of a singer - a theatrical, spontaneous and technically immaculate American with a Betty Carter flavour called Jackie Ryan... We'll be hearing from her."
"Volition and Vocalese
"EXTRAORDINARY IS THE WORD! . . . A WORLD CLASS TALENT. Jazz singing at its very best."
"EXTRAVAGANTLY GIFTED! . . . Astonishing range - both emotionally and stylistically. A TRUE JAZZ ORIGINAL."
"SWEEPING VOCAL POWERS. . . A real discovery of a singer. . . Jackie Ryan's chemistry of passion is truly sensational."
"The fiery multilingual Ryan is MIGHTILY IMPRESSIVE!"
"SINGING FROM THE HEART. . . Jackie bridges gaps between both geography and generations!"
"DEFTLY ASSURED! Savvy interpretive jazz vocalizing."
"SUPERB! The bell-like resonance of her smokey voice coupled with her heartfelt emotion. . . puts Jackie at the top of her game."
"Listen to Jackie Ryan's voice and consider this: how important is it to you that vocal jazz come from the heart? Ryan's latest release proves that nothing works better on your soul than the real thing....a charm seldom seen in today's crowded singers' market. She's genuine."