Event: First Ladies of Jazz
Date: September 9, 2022
Venue: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Start time: 7:30 PM
End time: 9:30 PM
A hallmark of distinction in the world of jazz music is the assignment of royal titles to artists of stature. In this incredible concert experience, we honour Mildred Bailey (Queen of Swing), Billie Holiday (Lady Day), and Ella Fitzgerald (Queen of Jazz). Through their sophisticated jazz vocal stylings, they inspired and influenced generations of musicians creating indelible impressions that live on in the soundtracks of our lives.
The concert is presented in partnership with the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and features an ensemble of three sensational female vocalists backed by a world-class jazz band comprised of JUNO and Order of Canada recipients, take us on a journey that extends from the earliest jazz vocal renderings through the Great American Songbook. Along the way, audiences learn about the improvisational musical fusion that is jazz, developed by African American, American Indian, and European harmonic structures and rhythms.
All-Star Band featuring Joe Sealy on piano, Neil Swainson on bass, Terry Clarke on drums.
Vocalists Cheri Maracle (Mildred Bailey), Faith Amour (Billie Holiday), Ranee Lee (Ella Fitzgerald) with Opening Act: Sean Stanley (piano & vocals) accompanied by Neil and Terry.