Renée Yoxon


in my headphones: gretchen parlato – lost and found // 06

If I can be totally honest for a moment, I really resisted Gretchen Parlato at first. I’m aware that I have an unhealthy obsession with old school, torch burning, broadway-esque jazz singers and Gretchen Parlato is not that. Her sound is revolutionary, soft, measured, unlike anyone else. It’s no wonder people are saying “Gretchen Parlato […]

weekend inspiration: city of light, city of darkness by sara serpa

This music video for Sara Serpa‘s City of Light, City of Darkness is so beautiful and striking I had to share it with you. I love seeing film, dance, and music collide. Here are some details about the video: From Sara Serpa’s new album , MOBILE. Music by: Sara Serpa (w/ Kris Davis, Ben Street […]

videos from live jazz monday // the end of live jazz monday is coming, nov 4

Thanks to our resident videographer, Austin Cooke, I have two more Live Jazz Monday videos to share with you. Thanks, Austin! I also want to remind my Ottawa readers that our four-year residency at Mercury Lounge is coming to an end on November 4th and François Gravel and I would really love to have you […]

in my headphones: the miseducation of lauryn hill // 04

This may surprise you to know, but from the ages of 11 to 18, I was a hip hop dancer. Long before I ever listened to jazz or tried my hand at singing it myself, I was listening to hip hop, r&b, and rap. Now that I’m older, I can see how closely related these […]

mixtape: la langue française // 19

In honour of my recent move to Montreal, I’ve compiled a playlist of some of my favourite french jazz songs. Enjoy! 1. La Chanson d’Hélène – Youn Sun Nah 2. Quand je march – Amy Cervini 3. Le Front Caché Sur Tes Genoux – Cécile McLorin Salvant 4. Plus Je T’embrasse – Diana Panton 5. […]

in my headphones: patty waters – you thrill me // 02

When I was 16 years old I got my first taste for jazz by perusing the jazz collection of other users on the peer-to-peer file sharing program Kazaa (don’t worry, I’ve changed my ways since then). It was a great way to be introduced to the music because I was able to download personalized jazz […]

mixtape: a flower is a lovesome thing // 18

Every since I posted the lyrics to Billy Strayhorn’s A Flower is a Lovesome Thing last week I haven’t been able to get it out of my brain. Then, while driving somewhere, Nancy King’s Perennial came on shuffle. These songs got me thinking about how ubiquitous flowers are. They are there when are married, when […]

Mixtape: Songs for Separated Lovers // 11

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s day I decided to create a mixtape for an often overlooked bunch. This mix isn’t for the gooey lovers exchanging gifts, nor for the begrudged single people. This mix is for those separated from their special someone. Whether separated by distance or circumstance, being apart from the one you love is never […]

I’m coming to Toronto on February 5th!

You asked for it and now you’ve got it. I’m playing in Toronto! Very soon! On Tuesday, February 5th, I’ll be playing at Hugh’s Room as part of Jane Harbury presents Discoveries. I’ll be playing alongside three other emerging artists, The Schotts, Jessica Chase, and Tom Taylor. I know it’s going to be a wonderful […]

Mixtape: Cloudy Winter Afternoon // 09

This mix is for those cloudy winter afternoons when you just don’t feel like leaving the house. Maybe you just want to sit around knitting and staring listlessly out the window. I understand you and I put this together for those day. It’s mellow, melancholy, and wistful. 1. Whiteout – Andrea Simms-Karp 2. White Keys […]