Heather Bambrick & Friends featuring Elizabeth Shepherd

Date: 
Fri Jun 21 7:30pm
Ticket Price: 
$45 + service charge

Hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”, velvety-voiced pianist and composer Elizabeth Shepherd has been praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. The Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today, and is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans.

The four-time JUNO nominee is the only jazz vocalist to ever have been nominated (twice) for the Polaris Prize. She has released five widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe, Japan and Mexico. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, played major festivals like Elb Jazz and the North Sea Jazz Festivals, and opened for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl.

Elizabeth's new album MONTREAL is a film and music project devoted to her vibrant hometown.
Praise for MONTREAL:
• "Shepherd's voice imbues with dreamy splendour" - The Gazette
• "Smart, progressive lyrics over concise but richly textured compositions that ride contemporary, funky grooves" - Ottawa Citizen
• "Chick Corea-like space jazz piano meets French jazz pop intricacies" - The Globe and Mail
• "Shepherd sounds entirely on top of her game here, on every level; the resulting work is the best thing she's ever done." - The Record

When Anita O’Day first heard Heather Bambrick sing, the Jazz vocal legend exclaimed “You’re good! You should have your own show!” After inviting Heather to jam with him, renowned Jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell said to her “Wow, you’re the real deal!” To this day, flugelhorn icon Guido Basso calls Heather his favourite singer.

This is the sort of praise that JUNO-nominated vocalist Heather Bambrick consistently receives from fellow musicians. Critics love her, as well. “Heather hits every right note”, says Mark Rheume of CBC Radio. WholeNote Magazine calls her “one of the finest jazz singers in this country”, and All About Jazz says her voice is a “paragon of clarity” and that “she’s the real deal in every way”.

As one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists, Heather has collaborated with some of the best around, including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard. She’s a founding member of vocal ensembles The Beehive Singers and Broadsway, and has appeared as a guest performer with numerous Jazz ensembles, as well as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

Heather’s solo recordings include It’s About Time and Those Were The Days, both of which were nominated for East Coast Music Awards and resulted in international airplay and critical acclaim. Her latest recording, You’ll Never Know, was nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the 2017 JUNO Awards, and Jazz Recording of the Year at the 2018 East Coast Music Awards. It’s been praised by critics and industry leaders, and has risen to the top of Canadian Jazz radio charts. Heather’s been a guest artist on diverse recording projects, from those of the Caliban Bassoon Quartet, to Sophisticated Ladies (the final recording of Jazz great Peter Appleyard), and Just Passing Through (the award-winning recording from Jeff and Don Breithaupt). She’s been honoured with Canada’s National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year.

Not one to wear a single hat, Heather is one of Canada’s busiest voice actors, heard in commercial campaigns and on several Emmy Award-winning animation series. She is also an award-winning broadcaster, hosting and producing shows for over 15 years on JAZZ.FM91 in Toronto, and most recently as the co-founder of JAZZCAST, a 24-hour internet-based Jazz station out of Toronto.

Heather’s shows are described as what happens when “Ella Fitzgerald meets Carol Burnett at a Newfoundland kitchen party”, combining brilliant musicianship with side-splitting laughs. Part musician, part storyteller, part comedienne, Heather is more than just a singer. She is an entertainer in every sense of the word!

RUSS LITTLE QUARTET
led by trombone giant RUSS LITTLE with
TOM SZCZESNIAK (piano)
SCOTT ALEXANDER (bass)
BRIAN BARLOW (drums)

Born in Toronto, Canada, trombonist Russ Little was raised on the island of Jamaica for the first few years of his life before moving back to Canada to attend Malvern Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto where he attained (in 1966) his honors degree in the Humanities, with special emphasis on History and English. It was during his time at Malvern Collegiate that he was taught trombone (and inspired by) the legendary teacher-trombonist George M. McRae.

By 1968 he was touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra as lead trombone and featured soloist and later, with the Count Basie Orchestra, he filled a similar role. While touring with these famed jazz orchestras, he found time to become an original member of Canada’s famed Rock Orchestra, “Lighthouse”, a band with which he continues to perform. For fans of classic rock, “Lighthouse” hits include such monsters as “Sunny Days”, “One Fine Morning”, and “Hats Off to the Stranger”.

Through the early ’70’s, Russ Little performed in the world famous “Boss Brass”, while pursuing a very successful career as conductor/composer/arranger for the CBC, CTV and Global television networks in Canada. He was also constantly busy writing and conducting for NBC, ABC, General Motors, NFL Football and the famed SCTV comedy series in which he worked closely for many years with John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Martin Short.

A consistently busy session-musician throughout his career, Russ decided that after a lifetime spent performing on other people’s CD’s, it was time to create his own. “Snapshot” was the first result of that decision. His second album “Footwork” debuted in 2006 to critical acclaim and worldwide sales. His third album, “On the Shoulders Of Giants” was released in the Spring of 2008 and has been received with great interest, praise and excitement by musicians, critics and fans, alike. In the early Spring of 2011 Russ Little released his 4th album, “Slow Burn” to world-wide acclaim for what has been described as its “effortless ease of virtuosity” and “its vast range of appeal to all jazz fans and musicians”.

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