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"From being the best, she's only gotten better. She's found her niche in jazz, where she can express the depth of her emotions. A seasoned performer, Cheryl is one of those rare vocalists that gives one chills of something extraordinary when she sings."
     --Diane Hadley, The Brokaw Company, Los Angeles


"Cheryl's got 'it', as they say. She's a marvelous talent.  You just have to hear a few notes to know she's going to be fantastic."
     --Paul Sorensen, Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra


"Cheryl is a versatile performer and an extraordinary singer.  To top it off, she has a fun, engaging style that our audiences love.  Surrounded by a top-notch band, this is one of the best jazz shows around."
     --Rick Star, Proprietor, the Rockfish Grill


"What a great show!  The texture and tapestry of your voice is truly awe inspiring.  When I try to describe your voice, I say it is an instrument."
     --A fan, the Blue Horse Gallery show


"Jewell, aptly named, shines on stage and adds pizzazz…a powerful voice and playful charm."
     --Music Connection magazine, V.F. Nadsady
        Review of Jewell's performance with Tin Star (The Music Machine, L.A.)


"…big voiced."
     --LA Times, Steven Hochman
        Review of Jewell's performance with Tin Star (Opening for Don McLean at The Palace, L.A.)


"(Cheryl has)…the voice of an angel."
     --Lou Rawls
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My Blue Heaven
Intelligent, yet accessible arrangements and interpretations of jazz standards, as well as a few lost treasures from the golden era adorn this freshman jazz release by critically acclaimed singer Cheryl Jewell.

While best known for her rock and soul styling, it is with jazz that Jewell shines brightest.

The album kicks off with the title track My Blue Heaven, a joyous interpretation of Lena Horn's classic American fantasy, augmented with lively big band horns enhancing Cheryl's optimistic vocals.

When Do the Bells Ring For Me, conveys the emotion of the protagonist so achingly that the attentive listener is advised to keep the tissue handy.

Lover, Come Back to Me, another big band romp, sets the stage nicely for the most intimate cut of the collection, Cry Me A River. Accompanied only by guitarist extraordinaire Milo Petersen (who also plays drums on most of the other tracks), Jewell's poignant delivery achingly conveys the stark hurt and anger that accompany the hallow promises of fickle ex-lovers.

Pianist Blake Angelos' arrangement of At Last, is perhaps the most ambitious interpretation of this classic one can find, while still retaining enough of the original to please listeners of all stripes.

Truly surprising is Somewhere Over The Rainbow, a brave choice given this song's pedigree of renditions. Here, Jewell again delivers a singularly gorgeous take on this universal dream. Angelos' brilliant piano performance deserves its own honorable mention, as does the tastefully restrained performances of bassist Larry Holloway and the aforementioned Petersen, here showing his impeccable taste on the drum kit.

Jewell's maturity is subtly reinforced with her interpretation of the classic Get Happy.
Eschewing the temptation to indulge in vocal acrobatics so often found in modern takes on jazz standards, here she leaves the garnishment chores to her equally refined rhythm section, and the whole is a refreshing reminder of jazz's initial appeal.

What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, beautifully rendered with strings by Darin Clendenin, is a spine tingling affair, on par with any other interpretation of this classic composition.

Rounding out the album are Wayfaring Stranger and People Get Ready, both in organ trio format.
Deftly threading the needle of jazz back to folk, blues and gospel, both tunes showcase Jewell's soul roots without pretension.

A refreshing outing, My Blue Heaven will delight jazz aficionados and general audiences alike.
      --Kent Des Moines, Independent Jazz Review