Jacquelyn West was born to a family of musicians and surrounded by the croons and celebrations of jazz from an early age. Her uncle was drummer Ernie West--and her grandfather was a crooner. Her grandmother was a jazz dancer who frequently hosted Sarah Vaughn at her dinners. While she grew up listening to the rock n roll her father played, Jacquelyn was taken care of by her grandmother who exposed her to swing, bebop and the compositions of great cousin, Henry Mancini. Jacquelyn studied tap dancing and poetry, then turned to the microphone.
Jacquelyn brings a fascination to the spontaneous, collaborative aspects of jazz. She studied with master vocalists over the years and performance at the New York Jazz Academy. Her style is rooted in tradition, having spent time learning the blues in St. Louis, Missouri. Poets and musicians describe Jacquelyn's voice as "soft, honest, and playful with no maneuvers" and "like having a peppermint and a cigarette at the same time".
The musicians Jacquelyn plays with share a similar appreciation for poetry, engaging audiences with buoyancy and fragility--a combination which speaks directly to that mystical, yet familiar place inside ourselves.
Jacquelyn West currently lives and sings with her trio in New York City.