Beverly Taft

Since 1995, Toronto-born Beverly Taft has performed regularly throughout Ontario, in Japan, and in select cities in the United States. Venues in Ontario include: Cherry Street Restaurant, Dominion on Queen, Homesmith Bar at The Old Mill, The Montreal Bistro, The Reservoir Lounge, The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, U of T's "Friday Jazz at Oscar's" Series, and jazz festivals in Barrie, Markham, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Peterborough, and Southampton, as well as The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival - every year for at least eight years. Her repertoire includes bossa nova in English and Portuguese, French jazz, 20s and 30s swing and novelty numbers, jazzy originals, and favourite standards from the Great American Songbook. She has always approached music as a storyteller, with a keen interest in the lyrics of each song, and how best to communicate them to an audience. Her 2003 CD featured one original ("Dreams They Say") and she’s written lyrics for Charlie Parker's "Quasimodo" and "Barbados," as well as Japanese saxophonist Ken G's composition, "Last Winter." Best known for her interpretations of jazz standards (described by critics as "delightful," "charming," "all full of energy," and "100 per cent pure beautiful jazz"), Beverly is very excited about a new creative venture with collaborator Nathan Hiltz.

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