PATRICIA BALFOUR’s voice has been described as “jazzy/bluesy with a touch of folk, all wrapped up in a low and sultry tone.” Her rich musical experiences have combined to inspire her performance of vocal jazz. These experiences include classical and jazz piano, West African drumming, and vocal harmonizing with the Ottawa Celtic Choir, Capital Vox, and Vox Eclectica.
TIM BEDNER is a modern lyrical composer and improviser, and an award-winning teacher and performer on six- and seven-string guitar. Reviewers have called him “a talent and a force, playing with grace, style, passion, and inventiveness”.
Doreen sings a story of love as told through the Great American Songbook. Songs of anticipation, unfettered joy, and heartbreak presented in true “old school” form in the tradition of Sinatra, O’day and Holiday. Doreen digs in and doesn’t let go for a moment. Digs into the lyric and the melody, and digs into an unshakable swingin’ groove. Hers is a soulful performance, imparting a unique understanding of every note and every word of these songs called “Great” for a reason.
Guitarist/Composer RODDY ELLIAS is one of Canada’s most respected guitarists, equally at home with contemporary, jazz, or classical repertoire. His dynamism as an artist and his consistent pursuit of harmonic and melodic adventure have made him a consummate musician. Known for his energetic performances and his thoughtful renditions of both new and existing works, he continues to surprise and delight his audiences. He set the stage on fire in a series of duets with other guitarists, including Vic Juris, Gene Bertoncini, Lorne Lofsky, and David Occhipinti, showcasing his versatility and his generosity as a performer.
The Sherk Street Trio consists of MICHELE CASTONGUAY (vocals), DOUG SLONE (piano and accordion), and CHARLES SHADEED (bass). Sherk Street is an Ottawa-based jazz band that formed several years ago from a chance collision between members of the piano bar circuit and the Ottawa JazzWorks Program. Sherk Street enjoys serving up vocal and instrumental standards with an interpretive twist, as well as lesser-known gems with a great hook.
CAROLINE COOK is a musician and songwriter with an absolute love for performing. With a formal background in classical piano and voice, and many years of workshops, music camps and masterclasses, she has been following her muse for over 25 years as a singer, instrumentalist, and choral director. After thirteen years performing french operettas with the Théâtre Lyrique de Hull, she switched gears and jumped into singing R&B with Big Band Caravane and Slippery Slope for 3 years. A few pop concert productions are thrown into the mix and she found her way to jazz. In 2013, she debuted her show Shades of Jazz at Le Brasseur du Temps to a sold-out crowd and never looked back. Having performed in 13 shows, countless gigs and jamming in venues throughout the National Capital Region, Caroline is looking forward to performing at Zolas for the first time. This will also be the fourth time she teams up with NEIL SEALY and GINNY SIMONDS as a duo.
Find out more about this local artist on her website at CarolineCookPerformance.com
Wave consists of a core trio with vocalist JERRY SOCIEDADE, pianist GINNY SIMONDS, and bassist CHRIS THOMPSON, with guest performers, added depending on the performance. Wave plays bossa novas and other Brazilian rhythms in the original Brazilian style and which Jerry sings in Portuguese (his mother tongue) – familiar ones as well as gems rarely heard outside Brazil. Wave also plays jazz standards made great by jazz vocalists such as Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, and Latin tunes which Jerry sings in Spanish.
Well known for his warm velvety voice, creative phrasing, and charismatic presence, PETER LIU has emerged as one of Ottawa’s leading jazz vocalists. He has established a reputation for his ability to sing with clarity and authenticity in a variety of jazz styles, grooves, and tempos. Peter performs regularly with some of Ottawa’s finest musicians at a wide variety of public and private events in the region. Recent highlights include appearances at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville’s Jazz Festival, the National Arts Centre, and Rideau Hall. Peter Liu has released two albums to date – Bamboo Groove (2014) and Count On Lindy (2017).
Accompanying Peter for this performance will be pianist YVES LAROCHE.
Yves Laroche has worked since 1993 as music director and jazz and classical piano teacher at the Bells Corners Academy of Music in Ottawa, overseeing an intensive jazz ensemble program and a highly popular summer jazz camp. Yves Laroche helped establish jazz programming for Café Nostalgica and the Jazz Vespers Series at All-Saints Anglican Church in Westboro. As well, he has adjudicated the jazz band categories for the Rhythms Festival and MusicFest. On three occasions, he has adjudicated amateur music grants for the City of Ottawa. He regularly plays private engagements at Rideau Hall, the Rideau Club, and the Chateau Laurier, and is featured at the Brookstreet Hotel, Zolas and Vineyard’s Wine and Bar Bistro.
The Diane Ross Quartet is a dynamic jazz/pop combo fronted by DIANE ROSS, a local songstress well-known for years of gigging in the Ottawa music scene. The combo enjoys performing melodic favorites sure to please any palate, with a repertoire ranging from traditional jazz standards to straight and jazzified popular music and beyond. Diane is supported by ROB BRUN DEL RE (keyboards) and variably by LANCE SCHWERDFAGER (bass), ED TINK (bass), TIM LEAH (drums) or MARK CHARRON (drums). Be sure to catch them, and maybe lend your voice to some of your favorite melodies!
SUZIE Q is a local singer that has developed a jazz/blues genre with a contemporary touch. She has started carving out a niche for herself in the Ottawa Music Community. She is a 2-time finalist of the Western Fair Talent Search Competition in London, Ontario and 2-time winner of the Celebrate Summer Fair Karaoke Contest right here in Ottawa. Suzie Q has also sung the National Anthem for a Montreal Canadiens Hockey game.
SEAN DUHAIME is a guitarist, composer and music teacher. He performs as a bandleader, collaborator, and sideman with numerous bands and musicians for over 10 years. He has performed at RBC Ottawa Blues Festival, TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, NAC, Infinity Convention Centre, CTV Television Station, Ottawa City Hall and multiple venues in Ottawa, Gatineau, Wakefield, Montreal, and Toronto. On October 2nd, 2016, Duhaime had released an EP entitled ‘’Finally!’’ at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec. ‘’Finally’’ has 4 original tracks including ‘’Bert’’, ‘’Tomo’’, ‘’Unblue’’ and ‘’Kenshiro’’. The EP was recorded by tape and no overdubs by Scott McConnell. On June 28th, 2019, Duhaime had released a single ”I Can’t Dance”. It was recorded by Jason Jaknunas (known for his work with Souljazz Orchestra) at his studio.
BETTY ANN BRYANTON has been singing since she was a child. For the past 10 years, she has been a successful bandleader 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 interpretations 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.
Betty Ann’s accompanist for this performance is to be announced.
Miss Scarlet in the Lounge is a dynamic Jazz/Pop combo that has been active in Ottawa for over a year. The combo performs a mix of jazz, easy-listening and jazzified popular tunes sure to please any palate. “Miss Scarlet” is TANYA KNIGHT, a seasoned, multi-talented performer with a golden voice who recently performed in the Orpheus production of “Sister Act”. Miss Scarlet is supported by a musical combo consisting of MARK CHARRON (vocals/percussion), LANCE SCHWERDFAGER (bass) and ROB BRUN DEL RE (keyboards).