Jazz Vocalist, Educator, Composer, & Arranger
"Jamie Shew has a strong, clear and attractive voice, sounding very comfortable in all registers. On A Place For Me, Jamie Shew shows that she can swing at every tempo, sounds at home interacting with jazz musicians, and is a subtle but creative improviser. Among the highlights are a cooking “Love Me Or Leave Me,” getting to hear the verse of “Get Out Of Town,” the singer’s joyful interpretation of “Put On A Happy Face” (she has no problem nailing the notes of the melody which covers a wide range), the arrangement of “What Is This Thing Called Love” and her warm version of “Skylark.” The upbeat title song and the jazz waltz “The Game” (co-written with Royce Campbell) are also well worth hearing. A Place For Me is a fine CD, easily recommended to listeners who enjoy discovering new and talented jazz singers.
(author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76)
"Jamie Shew is a jazz vocalist that's got it all -- style, talent, looks, and boundless enthusiasm for the music.
She's an effervescent entertainer sure to please the crowd as well as the discriminating jazz aficionado -- my kind of singer!"
"She is an intelligent singer, approaching scat singing with a decidedly instrumental cast. She has impeccable time and a fluid emerging style."
"Jamie Shew projects a warm, sensual sound combined with impeccable timing. Her material is choice, and her arrangements are original."
"Our musical discovery this morning, singer Jamie Shew, studied with one of America's finest
vocal jazz teachers - Sunny Wilkinson who lives in Lansing, Michigan. You can tell that Ms. Shew learned her lessons well!"
.......WEMU 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn