Howard Baer returns to the Old Church Theatre with the Suzi & Doug Jazz Duo. It promises to be a fun night filled of energy, great music and fun stories! Grounded in a background of musical theatre, Suzi Wesson & Doug Balfour present an eclectic mix of jazz standards, quirky, obscure and genre-crossing songs, plus beautiful originals.
Suzi Wesson – vocal
Suzi Wesson cut her teeth on jazz, but her effortless soaring vocals make her sought-after by Dixieland, Blues and Rock bands. A veteran music theatre performer, she toured extensively with Les Misérables as far afield as Anchorage and Honolulu.
As a singer-songwriter, she also composed and music-directed The 401 Show, but her favourite stage performance has to be Canadian Stage’s The House of Martin Guerre, where she shared the stage with her yet-unborn youngest son. Most recently, Suzi was a featured vocalist at Jazz FM’s One-Stop Vocal Jazz Safari.
Doug Balfour – piano
Doug spent many years in Vancouver, where he worked with singers Karin Plato, Lee Aaron and Michael Bublé. Music directing credits include Forever Plaid, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Rock and Roll, and Don Messer’s Jubilee.He has played Wicked, Sunset Blvd, Phantom, Ragtime, and in the Jessie Award-winning big band for Forever Swing. An accomplished classical pianist and composer, Doug wrote the incidental music for the Arts Club’s Intimate Apparel… and just to switch things up, Doug also plays with legend Robbie Lane & the Disciples.
Howard Baer – upright bass
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, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction.
Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, now Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music: jazz, 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. For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.