Jackie Greggs has heard that Atlantic City simply isn’t a “jazz town,” that is, somewhere that people appreciate this unique style of music more than other places in the country.
“I beg to differ,” she says. “I think jazz is wherever you’re doing it.”
Greggs is showing that as a talented vocalist performing in and around the city over the last couple years. She now regularly performs at Kelsey’s restaurant on the corner of Pacific and Kentucky avenues, one of the only places in the area to regularly host live jazz, blues and R&B.
"There aren’t a lot of venues where you can go and enjoy this wonderful American art form,” Greggs says.
The Louisiana native has been singing most of her life, whether in the church choir, with party cover bands or on her own, until she says she “got bit by the jazz bug.” She has since been focusing on performing a lot of old jazz standards as well as R&B songs with a jazzy vibe.
Some locals might remember Greggs as a news anchor on WMGM-TV 40 during the early ’90s, a position she held before moving back to the South. She recently returned to South Jersey to be with family.
Her goal now is to release a full-length album by the end of the year, with original music that she says will reflect her life’s journey, including a successful fight with breast cancer.
She also hopes to steadily convince people here that they should support live music in their area, especially something so quintessentially American as jazz.
“I will continue to be one of the torchbearers to keep jazz alive and out there as long as I have this ability,” she says.
Hear her music: ReverbNation.com/JackieGreggsVocalist
Band members: Daryl Robinson, bass, and Jeff Burnside, drums.
See her live:
Saturday, March 23: Kelsey’s, 1545 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: Kelsey’s, 1545 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 7 p.m.