I learnt to sing by listening to as many vocalists as possible - and still do. Among my favourites, as well as the famous jazz greats, are artists that include Blossom Dearie, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Jefferson and John Hendricks.
I worked in and around the London's West End with 'Lush Life' - a band influenced by New Orleans jazz , film noir and contemporary artists including Tom Waits and Dr John. We played at so many different venues including Ronnie Scotts, 100 Club, The Vortex, Quaglino's, the Cafe de Paris and Le Cafconce in Casablanca. We wrote and recorded the album "Alligator Lounge" released on 33Records. It was exciting to be able to write and arrange our own music and then play it all live.
As a solo performer I sing regularly at the 606 Club in Chelsea, Boisdale's of Belgravia and Ronnie Scott's.
I have recorded one album - so far
"A Whisper of Love A Whisper of Hate" which has received airplay on Smooth fm and Jazz Fm.
'Parker is a bon vivant, a kittenish version of Madeleine Peyroux in love with the glamorous 'old world' pleasures of cocktails, vampy femme fatales and indoor smoking, well aren't we all? ' Jazzwise
‘The splendidly retro Jane Parker arrived in high heels and lacy little
black number to sing Sugar and The Man I Love, emoting with a breathless wide-eyed devotion that recalled Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot.
Jack Masserick, Evening Standard
‘Jane Parker’s breathy vocals,
reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones
or sometimes Billie Holliday,
are both sultry and steamy as
the bayou itself’
I still love writing. I am fascinated by lyric writing as a craft and am in awe of the wonderful lyrics written by the great American songbook composers.
This Summer I will be releasing a version of 'Le Coiffeur " recorded with the wonderful guitarist Dave Colton - and written by the famous Blue Note saxophonist Dexter Gordon. I have always loved the tune and worked closely with Dexter's publisher in New York to write this vocal version called "Doin' Allright".
'Her hypnotic renditions of classic standards are quite special, possessing a timeless elegance that is both wistful and sweet' Steve Rubie 606 Club