She’s most known for her Ella Fitzgerald-style cover of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” with Postmodern Jukebox.
Aubrey Logan is an award-winning jazz singer and trombone soloist. She tours the world performing vintage covers of pop songs and jazz originals for sold-out shows in legendary jazz clubs.
But she got her start in Snohomish.
Logan is headlining two shows at Seattle’s Triple Door on Friday, featuring songs from her debut album “Impossible.” She’s back for the third time after performing at the historic Seattle venue in 2015 and 2017.
“I’ve been singing and playing my whole life, all the while trying to figure out who I am as an artist,” Logan said in a phone interview with The Herald while on her way to a tour stop in Sacramento, California. “Now I feel like I know what that is.”
The 30-year-old picked up the trombone when she was in seventh grade. All of her friends at Valley View Middle School were in band, so she played an instrument to spend more time with them. She may have done it for friendship, but what she found was a love for the trombone.
“My favorite genre is jazz, so the trombone was a perfect fit,” said Logan, a 2006 Jackson High School graduate.
While studying trombone performance at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Logan took first place in the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2009. It was that win and a network of jazz musicians at the festival in Switzerland that jump-started her career.
As a trombonist and jazz vocalist, Logan writes and performs genre-bending songs that mix in sounds of pop, rap and R&B. In addition to that Taylor Swift cover — which has amassed nearly 2.5 million views on YouTube — she’s also done popular covers of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”
“As much as my music has a wide appeal, it still has those jazz roots because you output what you input,” said Logan, who took private lessons in voice and trombone throughout childhood. “I binged on jazz and R&B when I was a kid.”
Logan, whose influences include Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, has performed with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Josh Groban, Dave Koz, Sheila E and the Boston Pops Orchestra. She also competed in “American Idol” in 2009, where Simon Cowell deemed her “too jazzy.”
A featured artist with Postmodern Jukebox since 2015, Logan has been touring on and off with the musical collective known for its viral videos in the U.S. and Europe for the last 2½ years. Right now she’s on her own national tour.
“What I love about PMJ is that it’s one big family,” Logan said. “We all have the same fans and the fans are extremely supportive and extremely encouraging. I have (Postmodern Jukebox founder) Scott Bradlee to thank for a pretty big jump in fans.”
Her cross-genre album “Impossible,” released last year, reached No. 2 on the iTunes and No. 13 on the Billboard jazz album charts. It features three cover songs and nine originals, including the single “Pity Party,” which placed first in the jazz division of the USA Songwriting Competition.
Logan, who got married and moved to Los Angeles in 2010, will be recording her second independent album this summer.
Having accomplished so much in her career already, Logan has to remind herself to pause and reflect on where she’s come from and where she’s headed as an artist.
“I’ve had to learn to stop and smell the roses,” she said. “I stop and tell myself, ‘Wow. Enjoy this moment, Aubrey.’ Why always live in the future and why always be rushing to the next thing? I write songs about that a lot.”
Logan is looking forward to her performances in Seattle — which she has been promoting as “hometown shows” — because most of her fans in the audience will have known her since she was a band kid at Valley View and Jackson.
“I love playing the Triple Door,” she said. “It’s like my favorite venue ever.”
Sara Bruestle: 425-339-3046; email@example.com. Twitter: @sarabruestle.
If you go
Aubrey Logan performs at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. March 23 at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of. The 6 p.m. show is all ages; 9 p.m. is for 21 and older.
Order tickets online at www.thetripledoor.net or by calling 206-838-4333.
Learn more about Aubrey Logan at www.aubreylogan.com.
From a fan
I’ve known Aubrey Logan since we were both students at Jackson High School. We had band together.
This is actually the second time I have written about Aubrey for a newspaper.
Aubrey reminded me during our phone interview that I also wrote about her for our school newspaper, The Stiqayu. I had no memory of it, so I dug it out of a tub in my garage. That 2004 story called her a “musical extraordinaire,” and detailed her band and choir accomplishments.
A lot of us — students and teachers — recognized her talent and potential as an artist even back then.
Here’s a good quote from that story: “She will be famous,” said band teacher Leslie Moffat. “I don’t know if she’ll be doing Broadway or commercial jingles, but she’ll be on a stage doing something for the rest of her life.”
I can’t wait to see Aubrey perform at the Triple Door. It will be my first time since high school.
— Sara Bruestle, Herald writer