In Ken Burns' words, "Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and ... unusually moving." Playing with "the jazz/classical improvisational spirit of Keith Jarrett and the touch of George Winston ...." (New England Folk Almanac), pianist Jacqueline Schwab has been heard on a dozen of Burns' documentaries, including his Grammy award-winning Civil War, his Emmy award-winning Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, The War, and The National Parks: America's Best Idea. She will be heard this year on his new documentary on the Dust Bowl. She has also been heard on The Irish in America and Ric Burns' New York: A Documentary Film and other PBS documentaries. She has performed at the White House for President Clinton, celebrating Burns' Lewis and Clark series, and also, with singer Jean Redpath, on Minnesota Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. Schwab's playing will be heard on radio host John Birge's Giving Thanks program, airing nationally from Minnesota Public Radio, on Thanksgiving Day, 2012. Schwab has performed her arrangements of vintage American music and traditional Celtic and English music at solo concerts and festivals throughout the US, including at the Savannah Music Festival and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in Cincinnati.
Jacqueline's solo performances feature a wide repertoire of vintage American music from Mark Twain's era and beyond-Stephen Foster and Civil War song tunes from North and South, Victorian ballroom dance tunes, Scots and Irish songs and dance tunes brought over by settlers, hymns and spirituals, ragtime, plus 20th-century tango and Billie Holiday blues, as well contemporary-style Celtic and English traditional music. Jacqueline's arrangements of American heart songs honor the community and improvisational spirit of music making reported in Twain's times but also have a contemporary sound.