A native of Colorado, pianist Jackie Warren originally came to Ohio upon the recommendations of her teachers Patricia Warren, Myra Boitos, Charles Day, and Steve Barta to study classical piano at Oberlin Conservatory with Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein, where she graduated with a B.M. in performance. While at Oberlin, she also studied jazz arranging, composition, and theory with Director of Jazz Studies Wendell Logan, who became a mentor to her, and encouraged her to study jazz piano with Neal Creque and jazz improvisation with Kenny Davis. Jackie received a M.M. from Cleveland State University in classical piano performance, studying with Andrius Kuprevicius and Daniel Barber, but continued her lessons with Creque, and has been based in Cleveland ever since.
Jackie performs regularly as a soloist, but has her own jazz trio, which includes bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Ron Godale. She also arranges and plays salsa and Latin jazz with percussionist Sammy Deleon y su orquesta. In addition to these groups, Jackie has performed locally and nationally with such artists and groups as David Fathead Newman, Richie Cole, Leroy Jenkins, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Frank Morgan, Bobby Watson, the Bhinda Keidel Quartet, Frank Foster, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra/Five Play, Othello Mollineaux, Donald Harrison, Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Ayodele Casel, Ray De La Paz, Impacto Nuevo, Humberto Ramirez, Mitch Frohman, Cano Estremera, Tommy Olivencia, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Tito Puente, Jr., Hector Tricoche, Percy Sledge, King Solomon, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Sean Jones, and the Afro Cleveland Orchestra. Jackie is currently performing off Broadway with Maurice Hines and Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra in “Tappin’ Thru Life.”
Jackie can be heard regularly at such local Cleveland venues as The Velvet Tango Room, Nighttown, Take 5 Jazz Club, the Music Box Supper Club, the Grog Shop, and Belinda’s Nightclub, and also on numerous recordings, including “Near You” and “Live at the Wi-Fi Café” under her own name, “Steppin’ Out” (Jazz Heritage Orchestra), “Salsa con Sabor” (Sammy Deleon y su Orquesta featuring Bhinda Keidel), “Midwest Coast” and “Into the Night” (Josh Rzepka), and her soon to be released Latin trio recording “Oblivion.” Jackie is also an educator and clinician, and has taught jazz arranging and composition and coached jazz combos at Oberlin; she is currently on the Jazz Studies Faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus, where she coaches jazz ensembles, and teaches piano class and private lessons. She is also on the faculty at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.