Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 8:30pm
Elizabeth Shepherd’s Montreal Project
$25 Advance / $30 Door
Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas, it is perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice.
Elizabeth has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”, praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, and Jose James she 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 (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) has released four 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 Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals, shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride, and opened for Jamie Cullum at The Hollywood Bowl. Elizabeth is also the only jazz vocalist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize – an honour she has received twice.
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Monday, June 24, 2019 | 8:30PM
Elizabeth Shepherd + Michael Occhipinti
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00
Featuring Marc Nelson (drums) and Remi-Jean LeBlanc (bass)
Blending jazz with soul, funk, and her own boundless creativity, Elizabeth Shepherd’s voice has been called “Arrestingly soulful….irresistibly hip” and she has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, and Jose James she is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans.
Michael Occhipinti‘s chameleon-like guitar playing has been called “magical” with a sound and approach that is distinctly his own. A nine-time JUNO Award nominee, Michael Occhipinti’s many musical projects showcase both his own genre-crossing original music , and his brilliance at interpreting everything from Sicilian Music to iconic songwriters.
Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti have been featured in each other’s projects for almost a decade, with Elizabeth at the centre of Michael Occhipinti & Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon, and Michael touring as a member of Elizabeth’s group, including a May European tour promoting her brilliant last album MONTRÉAL. As co-leaders, they mix their respective repertoires, as well as paying tribute to songwriters they love such Canadian luminaries Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot. Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti will be recording their first duo record of new material in June 2019, centred around poets nominated for the famed Griffen Poetry Prize
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