Our spring Jazz Appreciation Course is here! Back by popular demand: The Singers part 2.

This four part course, led by singer and JAZZ.FM91 on-air host Heather Bambrick, will continue where The Singers part 1 left off, profiling another list of quintessential jazz singers. Each two-hour class will feature an in-depth look into the life and work of the genre’s most influential vocalists, exploring their biographies, influences, importance, and continued legacies.

Note: this course is open to everyone, including those who missed The Singers Part 1!

Teaching the course will be JAZZ.FM91 on-air host and JUNO-nominated singer Heather Bambrick. Her deep knowledge and warm, good-humoured discussion style will leave students informed, inspired, and entertained as she leads them through this examination of Jazz singing at its best!

Taking place at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village, this four-session, evening course will meet for two hours weekly. JAZZ.FM91 donors are offered discounted fees.

For more information, please contact David Wall at 416-595-0404×260 or

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The Singers 2
Dates: Tuesdays in April (Apr 3, 10, 17, 24)
Day/Time: Evenings, 7-9pm
Location: JAZZ.FM91, 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100
Instructor: Heather Bambrick

Price: Public: $125.00/Donors: $112.50/Perpetual donors: $85.00

Course Outline:

  1. Betty Carter & Carmen McRae: “The Unsung Heroes”. The first class will focus on two of the most accomplished and influential jazz singers of the 20th century. Betty Carter was known for her improvisational skill and startling musicality. Carmen McRae is considered one of a handful of the genre’s most respected vocalists, with her distinctive use of back phrasing and lyric interpretation.
  2. Peggy Lee & Shirley Horn: “Cool & Mellow”. The second class will examine the lives and work of these two ultra-cool ladies of song. Renaissance woman Peggy Lee was a successful actor, composer and poet as well as one of the most popular singers in the history of jazz. Shirley Horn, one of the few female jazz vocalists of her day who was also an accomplished instrumentalist, was known for her smoky contralto voice and devastating way with a ballad.
  3. Nat King Cole & Ray Charles: “Birds of a Feather”. The third class will profile two of the world’s most versatile and revered musicians. Nat King Cole could sing and play just about anything, from J.S. Bach to “Nature Boy”; Rolling Stone Magazine has called Ray Charles the greatest male vocalist of all time, in any genre.
  4. Lambert, Hendrix, and Ross/Manhattan Transfer/New York Voices: “The Ensembles”. The final class will feature three of the most revered vocal groups in the world of jazz. Some of the most accomplished, exciting and entertaining music making occurs when groups of virtuoso singers join forces to harmonize together. Join Heather as she ends on a high note!