Ms. Sparkle and the Mistletoes
MS. SPARKLE AND THE MISTLETOES
Betty Ann Bryanton, together with David Miller on keyboard and Ian Schwartz on alto sax, have been providing sparkle and love to Ottawa area audiences, both together and in various other ensembles, for many years. All active, sought-after gigging musicians, they originally met years ago through the wonderful JazzWorks community. MS. SPARKLE AND THE MISTLETOES are delighted for the opportunity to add some pizzazz to your New Year’s Eve! As New Year’s Eve is typically a time of celebration and fun, MS. SPARKLE AND THE MISTLETOES will be playing a variety of upbeat jazz and pop tunes to joyfully accompany your bubbly and festive spirit. (But, for those of who that don’t feel like 2020 was much to celebrate (hmm…), there might be a song or two that speaks to that side of things, too.)
BETTY ANN BRYANTON (aka ‘Ms. Sparkle’) has been singing since she was a child. For the past 10 years, she has been a successful band leader in the Ottawa area, having several sold-out jazz shows, and having been invited to both the Merrickville and Buckingham jazz festivals. Her deeply emotive voice and meaningful interpetations of the stories told through jazz standards easily win the hearts of her audience. Join Betty Ann to enjoy both the beauty of familiar songs and the joy of lesser-known songs.
Pianist DAVID R. MILLER (aka ‘Mistletoe’) was a full-time musician in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He played in several local bands, including Atlantis and Exit 18. David taught classical and popular music, and composed scores for TV shows and commercials. Later in life, David grew up, cut his hair, and got a real job. Since retiring, he considers music his full-time profession once again. David has composed and performed jazz at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Merrickville Jazz Festival, the NAC Fourth Stage, and the Shenkman Arts Centre, as well as at many other local venues.
IAN SCHWARTZ (aka ‘Mistletoe’) was classically trained at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal but, ever since he was a teenager, he had other ideas. Ian’s entree to the world of jazz was through the fusion bands of the ’70s. He wore out the grooves on Return to Forever’s Where Have I Known You Before. Weather Report, Pat Metheny, and Keith Jarret were constantly playing on his turntable. Ian took a couple of decades off from music to spend time being a father, but got the jazz bug again when his kids became more independent. Ian has been playing jazz standards around the city with various ensembles and loving his personal jazz renaissance.