Jacqueline D. Tabor translates her music in an emotional yet understated delivery that always tells a story. She has been performing professionally for 6 years and loves the music she performs and allows the audience to experience the words in a song with passion, soul and love.
In the past, Jacqueline has performed in many venues throughout Louisiana, and Northern Florida.
As an a native of the Greater Seattle area, she was taught by legendary Jack Halm in her early years and who currently remains a director of music in the Bellevue School District at Seattle Pacific University. During that time she took first place for vocals at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Competition three years in a row (1985-1988). After high school she studied Music and History at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she developed a deep
understanding of jazz and the historical origins of the music she sings today. In the past, Jacqueline has performed in few venues throughout Louisiana, and Northern Florida.
After taking a break, Jacqueline decided to move back to Seattle where she got married and had 3 children. Her strong support from family and friends encouraged her to start singing seriously again, and from 2003 to March 2005, Jacqueline received the opportunity to study voice with an instructor who is the well known local jazz artist Andrienne Wilson at Cornish College of the Arts. During this time she flourished and gained confidence and decided to take her singing to another level and opportunity opened up for her to perform in the nationally acclaimed top 100 Jazz Club called Tula’s in Seattle. From March 2005 to December 2010 Jacqueline joined with the Black Lab Trio. Working with the Black Lab Trio was a great experience but she decided it was time to go out on her own to perform. On March 21, 2011 Jacqueline was crowned the Kobe Jazz Queen Vocalist winner and in May visited and performed in Kobe Japan.
Tabor has just finished her Debut CD titled “What a Wonderful World” which is now available. Her influences include Diane Reeves, Jill Scott, Adele, Mel Torme, and her all time favorite: Sarah Vaughan who Jacqueline thinks is the best jazz vocalist of all time.