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Sunday, June 21 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Eugenie Jones Jazz Quartet

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With her lavishly praised 2013 debut album Black Lace Blue Tears under her belt, late-blooming jazz vocalist 

and composer Eugenie Jones immediately faced questions about whether she was a one-hit 

wonder or a real contender. Sure, she displayed quick rhythmic reflexes, a silken tone, and real 

songwriting savvy, but did Jones have what it takes to go the distance, to sustain a career in jazz’s 

cruelly competitive ring. 

Her even more impressive second album, Come Out Swingin’, makes a persuasive case for Jones’s status as a 

heavyweight talent. Seasoned by several years of steady work following the release of Black Lace, the Seattle-area singer 

displays the rhythmic authority, emotional insight, and melodic invention of an artist who can hold her own in any company. 

“With Black Lace Blue Tears behind me I wondered, was that a fluke? Do I really have a gift, 

can I continue? Almost immediately I started writing again,” says Jones, “and put those questions 

to rest. This CD was a deliberate attempt to continue to grow and progress. I set that desire for 

improvement as a bull’s-eye to shoot for and kept that focus through each step of this project.” 

For starters, Jones possesses the wisdom to keep essentially the same battle-tested band in her 

corner, most importantly the incisive and consummately supportive pianist/arranger Bill 

Anschell. Veteran bassist Clipper Anderson and versatile guitarist Michael Powers also 

returned to action. Three new faces joined Jones’ line up this round. Seattle native, multi-

instrumentalist horn man extraordinaire: Jay Thomas; drummer D’Vonne Lewis, a rising 

force on the Seattle scene who plays with tremendous poise and spirit and the incomparable percussionist, Ernesto 


“I was looking for quality musicians and personalities that would mesh with my own,” Jones 

says. “Already having had great experiences with the other musicians, I added Jay for his 

enormous talent and newcomer D’Vonne Lewis for his smooth, yet intense playing ability.”

In this high-energy swing project, it doesn’t take long for the musicians’ combustible chemistry 

to ignite. 

Like her first album, Come Out Swingin’ focuses on Jones’s original songs. She 

announces her rhythmic agenda with the first track, “Swing Me,” a self-possessed celebration of 

unbridled desire. Her brief, exciting version of the standard “All of Me,” almost serves as a 

thematic preamble to her slinky “A Way About You,” a song that could easily be mistaken for a 

sophisticated piece of Bacharach/David.

Jones cast a wide net when it comes to finding inspiration as a composer. She takes the 

smoldering up a notch with “Sweet Summer Love,” a song that emerged after watching Marvin 

Ritt’s moody and sweat-streaked 1958 film The Long Hot Summer, a kind of mashup of Faulkner 

and Tennessee Williams. Her love of cinema returns on “Rain Rain Don’t Go Away,” a 

seductive song about self-comfort that never lapses into self-pity. She’s at her most sleek and 

self-assured on “I’m Alright,” a soulful declaration of independence propelled by some tasty 

D’Vonne Lewis samba-fused trap work. 

With a tinge of sweet sass, Jones’s “24/7” brings contemporary sexuality into the discussion 

while her “I Could Get Lost in Your Eyes” is a beautifully crafted ballad. The final original 

tune, “Run Devil Run,” opens with an anachronistic needle-drop, then spins a tale of relationship 

reckoning while veteran guitarist Michael Powers sets a cool swinging tempo throughout.

By closing the album with a searing version of James Brown’s 1966 chart-topping R&B hit “It’s 

a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” Jones leaves listeners wondering just what else she’s got up her 

sleeve. Belting R&B with such authority after her sultry jazz vocals, Jones seems to promise 

more revelations in the future. 

“Black Lace was a look into my personality, and begins a story,” she says. “Come Out Swingin’ 

continues that story. And of course the more you tell a story, the deeper you go. That’s what’s 

happening here in terms of lyrics and songs.”

Sunday June 21, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Armory Main Stage Seattle Center

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