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Jackie Richardson and Micah Barnes – A Jazz Valentine
February 9, 2013 @ 8:30 pm$28 – $32
Two of Canada’s most beloved Jazz vocalists join forces for an evening of romantic music, delicious food and a celebration of all thinks Valentine’s, featuring an all star band and the classic Jazz and Blues Standards that define the mood of love and romance. A perfect date night. Book early!
A dazzling performer, Jackie Richardson possesses a powerful and supple voice that is a perfect match for her vibrant stage presence. The awards and nominations for Jackie’s four-decade-long body of work include JUNOs, Geminis, Jessie and Bessie’s, Maple Blues and a Canadian Black Achievement Award for the Arts. Her unforgettable roles have ranged from theatre performances in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Dora), and Cookin’ At the Cookery as Alberta Hunter (Dora); film performances in Turning to Stone as Dunk (Gemini), and Sins of the Father (NAACP); as well as her role as Jazz on the popular children’s TV series Doodle Bops.
Along with her own captivating concerts and appearances at festivals and events such as Stratford Summer Music Festival and the NAC Concert Stage, she has also performed or recorded with countless other stars and ensembles, including: Salome Bey, Doctor Music Doug Riley, Ray Charles, Alannah Myles, Celine Dion, Anne Murray, Oliver Jones, Andrew Craig, Molly Johnson, Divine Brown, Debra Cox, Mavis Staples, Guido Basso, Maureen Forester, Shirley Eikhard, Albert Schultz, Brent Carver, Michelle Wright; and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Faith Chorale, Toronto Symphony, Nova Scotia Symphony and the NAC Symphony. 2009 found Jackie adding, once again, to her powerful presence in music and entertainment with a CD project for “Homecookin” with Joe Sealy, Paul Novotny and Danny B.; a new solo CD, and this fall you’ll see her as Mrs. DeMarco on the new TELETOON series “Majority Rules”. Her live performance dates continue, including The CanWest Cabaret Festival, Heart and Soul series with Louise Petrie and concerts honouring Howard Mathews and Salome Bey and the Honourable Lincoln Alexander.
Micah Barnes began performing in the cafes and coffeehouses of Toronto while still a teenager in high school. Acting and writing for theatre helped inform his work, as did a musical family including his father Milton Barnes, a classical composer and mother Lilly Barnes, who wrote for the popular children’s TV show Mr. Dressup.
This family talent also extends to his brother drummer/composer Daniel Barnes, with whom Micah developed the cabaret act, The Micah Barnes Trio that solidified them as a top draw on the music circuit. Establishing themselves on the Queen Street scene, with their own brand of soulful alternative pop, the Barnes brothers found themselves sharing stages with The Parachute Club, Molly Johnson and Jane Siberry and creating a national buzz for their standing room only shows.
Joining the a cappella group The Nylons in 1989, Micah recorded and toured with the act for four years, appearing on international television and in concert. He wrote and arranged material for the recordings Four On The Floor and Live For Love, which led to their JUNO nominated hit single “Don’t Look Any Further” and radio play throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Leaving the group for Los Angeles to begin recording as a solo act, Micah worked with producer Brad Daymond (‘N Sync). That partnership resulted in the hard-hitting grooves of Loud Boy Radio, an album that won him critical acclaim and the attention of Rolling Stone Magazine as “An Indie Artist to Watch”. Touring his own mix of brash spoken word and intense beats throughout the U.S. led to the hugely successful club single “Welcome To My Head”. With superstar remix/producers Thunderpuss on board, the single gave Barnes a #1 Billboard hit in 2003.
After years of performing in rock n’ roll and dance venue, Micah’s musical focus returned to the piano and voice cabaret style of his early career. His next recording, simply titled Micah Barnes, mapped a more mature songwriter’s journey and brought the artist home from Venice Beach to settle back in Canada. Performing the songs as Molly Johnson’s opening act on her 2008 national tour, reintroduced his music and dynamic performances to audiences across the country and sowed the seeds of his latest album Domesticated.
Produced by Gavin Bradley (Serena Ryder) and engineered by John Nazario (Nelly Furtado) this album is a return to the piano driven style that established Barnes on Queen Street long before The Nylons came to call. Reuniting with his brother Daniel in the writing and arranging of the new album, the Barnes brothers found themselves leaning on their common musical language to create the new batch of “personal but universal” songs that make up Micah’s new release Domesticated.