Emilie-Claire Barlow – Canada’s incomparable vocal-jazz jewel has been called "the next big thing in jazz" (CBC – Canada Now), but Emilie-Claire is no newcomer to the music business. This jazz chanteuse boasts an imaginative vocal and musical style and a worldwide following that includes sold-out audiences from Tokyo to Montreal! On Friday, December 2, 2011 Emilie-Claire leads her stellar band through innovative arrangements of American-Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads live at the Markham Theatre.
A special talent, Emilie-Claire continues to endear herself to critics, peers and audiences everywhere. A consummate singer and performer, Emilie-Claire Barlow won Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2008 National Jazz Awards and is a Gemini and two-time JUNO Award nominee. Her latest CD, an interpreted the Great American Songbook — which has been nominated for a Vocal Jazz Album of the Year Juno Award — includes a bossa version of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright with great playing by tenor saxophonist Kelly Jefferson and guitarist Reg Schwager, evoking memories of Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. The Beat Goes On / Soul Bossa Nova delightfullyconjures the essence of cheesy ’60s movie themes, horn-heavy with flutes.
Raised in a musical environment in Toronto, Emilie-Claire’s first language was singing. She listened to, absorbed music. Her care and attention to detail in the task of recording is evident while she delights and dazzles in energetic live performances. Emilie-Claire is also an accomplished voice-actor. Hear her character voices on popular animated series such as Total Drama Island and Total Drama Action (Courtney), Bakugan Battle Brawlers (Alice), Stoked (Mrs. Ridgemount), 6Teen (Chrissy) and many others.
Opening the evening is rising star bassist and composer Brandi Disterheft. Still in her twenties, Brandi is gaining huge attention for her fiery bass playing, charismatic performances and innovative writing style, informed by various influences, from Mingus to Bjork. A native of North Vancouver, Brandi’s career began in her teens, playing with her mother, Chicago-born jazz pianist Fran Jare. Brandi has since studied with jazz legends Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Rufus Reid, Don Thompson, Danilo Perez and legendary bassist Ron Carter.
Brandi has opened for such top acts as Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, and Chris Botti, and performed as featured soloist with the Canada Pops Orchestra at age twenty-one. Her premiere album, Debut, won her the 2008 JUNO Award, and her CV already catalogues successful concerts as far away as Japan and Haiti, and at jazz festivals from Vienna to Chicago, and a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Emilie-Claire Barlow’s appearance is the first performance in Markham Theatre’s eclectic Jazz Divas Series. Fellow Canadian and internationally acclaimed Juno Award winning jazz vocalist, Sophie Milman brings her unique vocal stylings to the Markham Theatre stage on January 27, 2012. Sophie has performed around the globe and shared the stage with the likes of Chick Corea, Chris Botti and The Manhattan Transfer.
Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater offers a stunning tribute to one of the greatest jazz vocalists of this century. To Billie with Love. A Celebration of “Lady Day”
takes place on March 21,2012 and features selections from Dee Dee’s CD recording and theatrical performances based on Holiday’s autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 – 8PM
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