Jackie Kroczynski

“It’s important to always remember to look for the little things,'' says Jackie K, on her new EP that was released on November 26th, 2021, an album she recorded at Riverdale Recorders in Edmonton. “During stressful times, it’s even more important to find moments of gratitude.”

Her new EP, Look for the Little Things, came from a desire to get out of the house and dream of spring. The optimistic “Dandelions Everywhere” was written with Evelyn Saungikar (Toronto) over ZOOM in the dead of winter last February. The song features ukulele, 12-string guitar, and tenor sax. “Dandelions everywhere/Now the snow has gone/They tell me better weather’s coming on.”

With a variety of influences ranging from Brandy Clark, Elvis Costello, The Jayhawks and Diana Krall to songwriters Ron Sexsmith, Tom Waits and Nancy Griffith, (and her love of “everything Jazz’),  Jackie has a diverse group of influences. Some of which can be heard in the off-kilter waltz “Green Heals Me”. “Green Heals Me” is the second in a trio of songs about the out-of-doors. It shows Jackie looking at the backyard through happy and tired eyes. Producer Sean Davis Newton incorporates a variety of atmospheric effects through the entire album, and his use of tape delay here ties beautifully with the sounds of the vibraphone and Jackie’s Thelonius Monk-inspired piano solo.

“In My Oasis” is a summary of the trilogy of outside songs. “I had received a big red teacup filled with purple flowers, a gift for Mother’s Day, from my kids,” she begins, “another reminder of the little things”. Phil (drums) and Tom (bass) do a great job to kick the energy level of this tune up in the last section. Connor (tenor sax) adds horn lines to give it a bit of a seventies, Steely Dan vibe.

"Night at the Opry” was re-recorded  for her EP release. Jackie’s “beautiful composition and voice” helped this song rise up the Canadian Indie Country Countdown Top 100 to #4 in February 2021. Jackie was inspired to write this song as a tribute to her father after visiting the Grand Ole Opry on a band trip with 30 students in March 2020. 

Unexpected instrumentation often brings genres together in Jackie’s music . The guitar, fiddle, and Jackie’s  “warm, expressive vocals” are beautifully supported by a tenor saxophone solo in “Night at the Opry”. Jackie’s “great arrangement of instrumentation” included accordion, muted trumpet, and scratching sounds amidst a bluesy vibe to tell the painful story of “Nurse Jane”. A spooky story of a troubled nurse who worked at the tuberculosis sanatorium in Fort San, Saskatchewan. 

Jackie is continuing to write music to prepare to record a new LP later this year. Jackie is so excited to have Eric Alper (Toronto) on board as her Publicist and she is very excited about what this year will bring. She can't wait to get out and play more live shows this year!

Jackie is regularly out playing music around Saskatchewan. Over the summer she had a great time playing in Saskatoon, Regina, Toronto, Dalmeny and and in the Battlefords.She enjoyed recording the“Unplugged” show on CJWW Radio in Saskatoon last winter. In October 2021, she had the great pleasure of performing for Colonel Chris Hadfield with her band Jivin’ Jackie & Big Baby T, a group that celebrates the music of New Orleans.

Jackie is a recent recipient of a grant from Creative Saskatchewan that she will be using for Marketing and Export. When she isn’t writing or performing, Jackie teaches band and guitar to high school students at North Battleford Comprehensive High School. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art. Jackie is a member of SaskMusic, SOCAN, BMI, SAC,SCMA, AFM#553 and the Americana Music Association.