Elizabeth Shepherd demonstrated why she has earned multiple Juno nominations and international recognition with a low-key but immensely appealing show in front of a delighted crowd at the National Music Centre last Friday.
The singer, songwriter and pianist played her own rhythmically intriguing compositions – sometimes incorporating recorded sounds from her laptop. She also treated the audience to a stunning solo version of Johnny Mandel’s Close Enough For Love as well as a couple of re-arranged covers.
Her band included the always inventive guitarist Michael Occhippinti as well as her longtime bassist Scott Kemp and Calgary’s own Jon Day on trumpet, flugelhorn, shaker and vocals.
This year’s Illumin8 series concludes with a concert by Calgary drummer and composer Tyler Hornby, who welcomes Toronto pianist David Braid as his special guest. The show takes place May 30 at the National Music Centre.
JazzYYC is asking for your help to crowd fund this initiative. Go to the InvestYYC website and make a donation. There are cool incentives for every level of support.
As this newsletter went “to press” we had already raised over $1800 towards the goal of $10,000.
Please think about donating. Strong community support for a jazz festival in Calgary will also go along way towards encouraging government and corporate funders to step forward.
The official Jazz Day concert at the Boyce Theatre of Stampede Park with the Corinne Plomish Trio with jazz legend Al Muirhead will be opened by UNESCO representative, Ms. Danika Billie Littlechild, Vice-President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. JazzYYC’s approach to partnering with arts and community groups to celebrate jazz with the entire city has caught the attention of UNESCO Canada and they are highlighting Calgary’s Jazz Day celebration in 2015 as a model of “how various arts and cultural expressions contribute to and improve the landscape of Canadian cultural citizenship.” (read more…)