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2012 JUNO Awards “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” Nominee, Fern Lindzon, is a muti-faceted pianist/vocalist/composer with a technique Whole Note Magazine called “intricate, yet commanding”, and her latest CD “breathtakingly beautiful.” Montreal critic Irwin Block writes that Fern is a “rare and fascinating talent”, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene’s Scott Yanow describes her as having “a warm and haunting voice along with excellent technique on the piano and an adverturous spirit.” From Jobim to Norma Winstone, with stop-overs in Brazil, Eastern Europe and Basin Street, Fern's highly original arrangements fly gracefully on the winds of contemporary jazz.
Her CDs Moments Like These (2008) and Two Kites (2011) have been well received critically in such publications as Whole Note, Coda, Now and LA Jazz Scene. Two Kites has been nominated for a 2012 JUNO Award as Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. It also won a Special Projects award from Toronto Downtown Jazz, received much airplay on CBC and JAZZ-FM and was “CD of the Week” and reached the Top 10 on many campus charts.
Fern has performed at leading jazz clubs in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Victoria, and on CBC’s Canada Live. In 2010 Fern led her own sextet in several performances of her original score for Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. at TIFF’s Bell Lightbox. In 2011, she introduced Forgotten Melodies, which brings klezmer/Eastern European music to contemporary jazz, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Also in 2011, she presented a concert in tribute to Mary Lou Williams at the Barrie Jazz Festival.