Jazz singer Jacqui Magno dies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 21 2019 08:25 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2019 08:26 PM

Jacqui Magno performs in a 2017 episode of the concert variety show "ASAP." ABS-CBN

MANILA—Singer Jacqui Magno, best remembered for her jazz renditions and as part of The Circus Band, has passed away, her manager confirmed Friday. She was 65.

Magno died at a Quezon City hospital past 4 p.m. after a battle with pancreatic cancer, her manager, Anna Ylagan, confirmed with ABS-CBN News Friday night.

Details of the wake were still being finalized, as of writing, but Ylagan said it would be "celebration of her life and music."

Clad in colorful costumes and makeup, Magno shared the stage with Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro, Tillie Moreno, and Pat Castillo as The Circus Band, electrifying the local entertainment circuit in the 70s.

"Never in my wildest dreams" did Magno expect she would make a career out of singing, even as the first indications of her future as a jazz star came as early a elementary school, when she first became a glee club soloist.

When she was a freshman at Maryknoll College, Magno chanced upon a guitar inside a smoking lounge, resulting in a spontaneous performance that earned her a spot in a school production.

That production, a concert open to other schools, was where Magno got scouted as a potential member of Genesis Band. She went on to join the group, along with Basil Valdez.

That opportunity was short-lived, however, as Magno fell in love and welcomed a child, she had recalled in a DZMM interview in 2014.

Crossing paths again with Valdez after giving birth, Magno's music career got a second wind, this time as part of The Circus Band.

Admittedly, at the time, Magno had been focused on being a mother. Her lack of commitment, she said, led to her getting kicked out of the band. For a time, Magno retreated from the limelight to put her family first, and even became a missionary.

Magno, however, eventually found her way back to the stage, performing in a concert as recently as 2016, where she reprised her signature solo number "Bridges." — With a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News