Canadian jazz songstress. Sophisticated and Eclectic.
CBC Rising Star Winner
Jaclyn’s first experience as a performer was at the age of 2 when she jumped up on stage during the intermission of her sister’s dance recital. She began her career quickly after that moment when her mother, a local dressmaker for the dance school, enrolled her in voice, dance and music lessons and she has never looked back.
Vancouver born and raised Jaclyn Guillou (pronounced Ghee-you) is an emerging Canadian jazz vocalist who performs music that is diverse, eclectic and carefree. Her newly released, independently produced debut studio album, To The City, boasts original jazz music with infectious vocal talent that exhibits a polished and playful new sound.
In 2009 Jaclyn was honoured to be the recipient of a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and has been setting good stride since then. She has toured throughout Europe, Canada and the United States in some of the most recognized jazz clubs and festivals with sold out shows at Birdland Jazz Club, Yardbird Suite, Cory Weeds' Cellar Jazz Club, The Rex Jazz Club, Hermann’s Jazz Club, Vernon Jazz Club, Beat Niq Jazz Club, Uptown Kitchener-Waterloo Jazz Festival and the 25th Anniversary 2010 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Jaclyn’s music has led her on various tours and she has performed in cities/countries worldwide that include New York, Moscow, Puerto Vallarta, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Portland and Toronto. She has had the pleasure of studying with some of the world’s best jazz singers which include American vocal luminaries Nancy King, Sheila Jordan and Vancouver’s very own Jennifer Scott.
To The City, her debut album is a colourful album full of texture and rich melody, highlighting Guillou’s compositional prowess. The album features eight original songs performed that includes special guest artist and Juno-nominated Verve recording artist Denzal Sinclaire, New York vibraphonist Tom Beckham and Portland based pianist Randy Porter. Interesting, unusual, undeniably bold and full of life, To The City has a cosmopolitan approach with shades of Guillou’s life story taking full swing across the entire album. Surely capable of wooing all sorts of music lovers of jazz, pop, soul and folk. Recorded to tape with vintage gear and microphones, To The City blends the perfect mixture of old meets new. Guillou is supported beautifully with an impressive cast of musicians from across North America.
As a vocalist, composer and bandleader, Guillou brings a unique style of songwriting to the jazz idiom. She unites jazz form and structure with deep sensible lyrics that incorporate texture and complex harmony. Guillou yields a creative vocal flexibility and has become well known for her strong sense of rhythmic phrasing, colourful tone and distinct articulation. A dynamic and versatile performer singing in 4 different languages, Guillou brings a wide selection of original tunes and jazz standards to her diverse repertoire. Her compositional skills showcase interesting and unusual arrangements with eclectic influences ranging from the queen of the blues Dinah Washington, the passionate Diane Reeves, Canadian folk hero Joni Mitchell and Brazilian legend Elis Regina.
This young twenty-something artist strives to merge the sound of deep jazz roots and hip modern themes which as a result provides something new and interesting for music lovers of all sorts. Her voice is raw and emotional and it lingers long after the last note.
"Guillou puts a slightly more organic contemporary jazz spin on music steeped in tradition and thus makes old school become new cool, the sign of a true artist." - Critical Jazz
"An album that is so rich with dimension you need a pair of 3D glasses to listen to it." - Earshot Magazine
"BC has produced another rising star, someone perhaps to follow in the footsteps of international jazz artist Diana Krall in the years to come." - Review Vancouver