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Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee— three Ladies Of Jazz whose music impacted the lives of millions for over 70 years. On Thursday, March 26th we pay tribute.
Carin Redman explores the music of Sarah Vaughan, Lenni Stewart sings Ella Fitzgerald, and Karen Oxorn pays tribute to Peggy Lee— all accompanied by guitarist Michael Monis with Howard Baer onBass, and all on stage at Old Church Theatre.
Carin Redman has performed her rich repertoire of jazz, pop and R‘n’B for over 20 years. She ran the beloved Toronto jazz venue Ten Feet Tall and has been a performer at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival and many of Toronto’s prominent venues.
Recently Carin has moved to the Kawarthas area and is thrilled to be performing in many of the local and very charming venues with some of Canada’s finest musicians.
Canadian songstress Lenni Stewart delivers the ‘Swing’ every time to the enduring tunes of the American Songbook, Broadway Jazz and Torch. Class, sass, charm and sophistication with a dose of the Comedienne, Lenni is a stage persona that is compelling to the senses and a tickle to the funny bone. Critics’ remark on her “vibrant beautiful vocals,” “excellent phrasing” and “emotionally honest interpretation of the lyrics”.
Lenni has completed two Canadian tours, from Whitehorse in the West to the Sydney in the East, with Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney and his wife Jan as their opening act for “Let’s Put on a Show” with tenor Julian Gallo. Her continued collaboration with Gallo brings audiences to their feet with their themed concerts Hits of the Blitz, Broadway Serenade and Sounds of Ireland. Lenni has appeared with Lenny Graf’s Platinum Orchestra, the Harry Ellis Trio, and numerous other respected Jazz musicians, as well as her Jazz trio Manhattan Rouge.
Karen Oxorn’s musical journey began later in life when she discovered that singing along to Ella Fitzgerald helped her deal with the heartbreak of a failing love affair. The romance ended but her love of performing has been going strong ever since. Karen has developed a dedicated following and has performed at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, GigSpace, the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest and the Buckingham Buzz Festival as well as at local jazz clubs.
Noted jazz historian Ron Sweetman describes Karen’s singing as having “real feeling and a subtle swing in a deep, rich voice.” Jacques Emond, founding artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, commented: “Talented and versatile Karen Oxorn is a very interesting vocalist. She has a warm and swinging straightforward voice skilled with ballads as well as upbeat songs.” In addition to singing and producing concerts, she enjoys supporting the music community in a variety of ways— She hosted “Swing Is In The Air” on CKCU-FM radio for a couple of years and is the Artistic Director of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest.
On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction.
Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music: jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist. His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events. Howard has acted as Musical Coordinator of the Westben Jazz Fringe Festival for the past four seasons.
Comfortable in any musical style, and active in the Toronto music scene for well over thirty years, Michael Monis has toured extensively and worked both in studio and on stage with countless jazz greats from Moe Koffman to Jane Bunnett. Son of legendary guitar master Hank Monis, Michael currently resides with his family in Millbrook, Ontario.