The young, Montreal-based, Ottawa-raised singer is progressing nicely. She meshed well with two veteran Montreal accompanists, pianist Jeff Johnston and bassist Fraser Hollins, and impressed me with the spin she put on some well-chosen standards. They included Billy Strayhorn’s A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, the standard Where Or When and the Jobim tune If You Never Come To Me.
Music, Embracing: Renée Yoxon Opens Winter Jazzfest 2014 on Strong Note by Curtis Perry:
The songs were diverse, a pick from Sweeney Todd comfortably rubbing shoulders with her original material. The arrangements made the classics come alive, and the contemporary timeless.
Jazzy little number by Julie Cruikshank:
“I’ve been really putting a lot of myself into [this performance],” she says. “It’s a little bit of a departure from what I think I’m known for in Ottawa. I’ve done a lot of jazz standards and it’s still that in a way, but I’ve taken inspiration from old musical-theatre songs as sung by some contemporary jazz singers.”
Five questions for a Montreal-based Renée Yoxon by Peter Hum:
“On Friday I’ll be playing with Jeff Johnston on piano and Fraser Hollins on bass. The set we’ll be playing will be completely new to my regular listeners. It was inspired by Norma Winstone, Abbey Lincoln, Irene Kral, and Mark Murphy. It will be dramatic, dark, and introspective. It’s a mix of uncommon standards, old musical theatre numbers, new jazz originals by modern composers, and a few of my own originals.”