Mahalia Jackson – The Queen of Gospel

Tammy McCann & The Eyal Vilner Big Band

Tammy McCann began her career as a classical musician, until Jazz stole her heart.

Named “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for several years by the Chicago Tribune, McCann is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist who’s powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging classical vocal technique and Gospel aesthetics with Jazz, to create a sound that is completely her own.

She is a storyteller, who draws emotion from her audience worldwide.  Her warm delivery and her engaging personality leaves a memorable impression. 

Tammy McCann has performed with Chicago’s own Ramsey Lewis & NEA Jazz Master, Von Freeman, and toured as a “Raelette” with the great Ray Charles. McCann has thrilled audiences in festivals and clubs worldwide as well as the nation’s premier Jazz venues such as Birdland, The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Chicago’s own Jazz Showcase. 

She will be performing in Israel with the Eyal Vilner Big Band. Vilner, a saxophonist and composer, is one of the leading names in the rising New York Big Band scene, and together with McCann they will bring to the stage a moving, exciting performance with the beloved songs of the “Queen of Gospel”, Mahalia Jackson.


“A voice that soars in all registers, at all tempos, on all occasions… a voice that inspires wonder!”— Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“She came bearing natural gifts and with raw talent in hand, she stepped up to the mic and into the hearts of everyone in the room.” — Nora McCarthy, Inside Jazz Magazine Music Critic

“There are many fine jazz singers on the scene today but few are on Tammy McCann’s level”– Scott Yanow, columnist: Los Angeles Jazz Scene.

“Her pitch is superb…clear on the top and startling at the bottom, while all of the steps in between are polished with swing… I have not heard a voice like hers in decades.” — Stanley Crouch, Jazz Critic