Philadelphia native, Jill Salkin describes herself as a hybrid singer and songwriter. Her many musical influences include Motown, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, and Steely Dan. Jill started writing poetry at 14, then began writing songs, accompany herself with guitar and piano. Her voice study began at 16, which she continued through college and beyond.
Jill’s earliest performances were in coffee houses, and through the years, Jill has honed her craft as a singer and performer in small concert settings and clubs. She performed in Atlantic City casinos, both in lounges, and as a background vocalist for showroom headliners. Jill has performed in jazz clubs in New York City, Philadelphia, and Wilmington.
In 2001, Jill released her first CD, Heart’s Desire, a compilation of original songs, which had airplay on her hometown radio stations. Her second CD, The Very Thought of You, a collection of jazz standards, was released in 2009, and has been heard on radio and internet stations worldwide. What the World Needs Now, released in 2014, shows Jill’s versatility, as she sings jazz, blues, original compositions, and some classic pop.
Jill is excited about making her first appearance at Jamey’s House of Music, having performed at Jamey’s Psalm Salon. Accompanying her will be Frank Strauss, keyboard, Chico Huff, bass, and Keith Hollis, drums; three of the finest, seasoned musicians in the area.