Every so often I am mesmerized by a video of a singer. There’s something about witnessing great command of the instrument that makes me unable to turn away. The last time it happened was with this clip of Diane Schuur singing Love Dance. Emma Frank has taken the torch from Diane Schuur.
If you’re in Montreal this Wednesday, December 11, Emma Frank will be at Upstairs starting at 8:30pm. More details here.
Can you believe it?? A year ago today Mark Ferguson and I released our first collaborative album containing twelve original songs. In the past year, Here We Go Again has received radio play on over 230 stations worldwide and over 5000 track plays on Bandcamp.
If you’re feeling nostalgic like me, take a second to watch the Here We Go Again EPK which contains footage from the recording and release of the album.
And here is a photo taken by Claude Brazeau at the release concert.
The album is still available, so if you’re stuck looking for the perfect gift for the jazz lover in your life, you can order it on Bandcamp, iTunes, or CD Baby.
Welcome to the 11th instalment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book is Modus Novus: Studies in reading atonal melodies by Lars Edlund.
Modus Novus is an atonal sight-singing textbook with instructions in Swedish, German, and English. It was first recommended to me by guitarist René Gely, my friend and collaborator from the Ottawa area. The first time I attempted to work from Modus Novus it was so unfamiliar and scary that I closed the book and put it back on the shelf for another year.
In May of 2012 I attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Alberta. At the time the program was led by Dave Douglas. In the mornings the group would get together and sight sing from Bach Chorales and Modus Novus. He told us that sight singing and Modus Novus were an invaluable part of of his musical training and something that every musician should work towards mastering.
From then on I got over my fear of Modus Novus and continue to work through it over a year and half later. I use this book and Lars Edlund’s tonal sight singing book, Modus Vetus, with nearly all of my students.
That’s it for Book Love // 11. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. You can check out the last post in the series, The Jazz Piano Book, or see all of my book recommendations on the Book Love index page.
Happy holidays singers! I’m happy to announce that I am now offering discounted voice lesson packages just in time for the holidays. Until December 25th you will be able to pre-order five voice lessons for price of four. Prices will vary depending on what city you are in.
Montreal: $160 for the package of five lessons (you save $40). These lessons are held Tuesdays through Saturdays in Park Extension.
Ottawa: $200 for the package of five lessons (you save $50). These lessons are held on Sundays in Little Italy. The extra cost takes my travel into account.
Skype lessons are also available at the Montreal rate. If you are interested in purchasing one of these packages for yourself or a loved one please contact me. There is also more information about lessons on my teaching page.
This was a very Key-Lites week. Actually it’s been a very Key-Lites month! For the last month I have been helping The Key-Lites with their twitter and facebook while they are in the process of raising money for their upcoming album.
It’s been a really fun experience. I get to help them with their branding, tweet as them, post to facebook as them, and I’ve been learning all about soul music in the process. If soul music is your bag I would definitely recommend following them on twitter and liking them on facebook.
On Friday they had a show at Casa del Popolo. It was jam packed with people and everyone was singing along and dancing. It was a fabulous evening. Here’s a clip from that show:
Whoa! Talk about energy. These guys are incredible.
Their campaign runs until December 17 so if you like what you just heard you can visit The Key-Lites’ indiegogo campaign and pre-order their upcoming album.
If you’re feeling down on yourself this weekend, watch this video. It’s an instant fix and an utter delight. If you have a little extra time today watch this A&E biography of Judy Garland.
Can you believe November is almost over?! I spent this month getting more and more settled in Montreal. Between my new phone number, my library card, and my YMCA membership I feel like a true citizen of Montreal!
Below you’ll find my favourite posts from the last month. What was your favourite post from the last month? Let me know in the comments below.
mixtape: girls night out // 22
highlights: the end of live jazz monday, the canadian festival of spoken word, and breakfast at le cartet
book love: the jazz piano book // 10
a guide to removing the g-word from your favourite jazz songs
in my headphones: gretchen parlato – lost and found // 06
jazz on film: the long goodbye // 02
check me out! interviewing in french!
Last week I reviewed Lost And Found by Gretchen Parlato and it reminded me how much I love slow jams. Slow jams are basically the ballads of the R&B world. They’re not just slow though, they have this very unique time feel – a really interesting mix of drawn out beats and tight snare shots.
This week’s mix contains slow jams and slow jam-inspired tunes from my favourite jazz, R&B, pop, and crossover singers. Enjoy!
1. Better Than – Gretchen Parlato
2. (There is) No Greater Love – Amy Winehouse
3. The Fact Is (I Need You) – Jill Scott
4. Cinnamon Tree – Esperanza Spalding
5. He Loves Me – Kristin Fung
6. Same Reality – Sandra Nkaké
7. Till It Happens To You – Corinne Bailey Rae
8. I’ll Stay feat. D’Angelo – The RH Factor
9. Nothing Even Matters – Lauryn Hill
Feast your eyes upon my first French language video interview! Ruby TFO was kind enough to help me through the trickier parts but it was still a nerve wracking experience. I hope this is the first of many!