NO RESERVED SEATS.
Ticket-holders will be seated at the Home Smith Bar on a “first come, first selection” basis night-of-show.
HOME SMITH BAR DOORS WILL OPEN at 6:30 p.m.
Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz/pop artists in Canada have experienced.
In October of 2016, renowned Japanese promoter/producer Takao Ishizuka released the first solo piano/vocal album of 6-time Juno Award nominated jazz artist Carol Welsman for the Japanese market only. The album reached #5 on the Japan Jazz Chart, remained top 20 for four months and was the #1 selling album for over 6 months at Yamano Music, Tokyo’s prominent jazz retailer. The tracks voted by Welsman’s fans and chosen for the international release of FOR YOU are a result of this top-selling album. Carol released “FOR YOU” (for her fans) in North America – 16 tracks that were voted for by her fans through a social media campaign.
Granddaughter of the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Carol was born with music in her soul. Carol mastered the violin and bass before finishing high school. Her passion for jazz led her to Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the 80s, where she majored in piano performance. She later traveled to Europe, and studied voice with Christiane Legrand (sister of Michel) and teamed up as a songwriter with Romano Musumarra, writing lyrics for artists like Ray Charles, Pavarotti, Celine Dion and Nicole Scherzinger.
Fluent in French, Italian and Spanish in addition to her native English, Carol blends languages (including Portuguese) and rhythms with a versatile repertoire including swing, samba, R & B, pop and jazz. She delivers a mix of American Songbook classics and original compositions in a style that ranges from sensuous and warm to infectiously energetic.
She has released 12 CDs to date, and 6 have received Juno Award nominations. She was also named Vocalist of the Year in the 1996 National Jazz Awards, Pianist & Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 and 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Berklee College of Music (2002).
Heather Bambrick is a JUNO-nominated vocalist, voice actor, broadcaster, and educator, who has collaborated with a vast array of artists including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Heather’s solo recordings It’s About Time and Those Were The Days received international airplay and critical acclaim, and were both nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. Her latest recording You’ll Never Know was nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the 2017 JUNO Awards, and Jazz Recording of the Year at the 2018 ECMAs. Heather has been awarded Canada’s National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year. She’s been a featured guest vocalist on numerous recording projects ranging in styles from the Caliban Bassoon Quartet to Sophisticated Ladies, the final recording of the late jazz vibraphonist Peter Appleyard.
As an actor, Heather has voiced characters on various animated series, including Emmy-nominees Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Justin time, and she remains one of Canada’s busiest voice actors. In 2001, Heather added broadcasting to her resumé, joining JAZZ.FM91 as one of their regular and most beloved hosts. She’s twice been named National Jazz Awards’ Broadcaster of the Year.
Heather is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music Jazz Studies program, and has taught at U of T, Humber College, and the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as at schools and music festivals across Canada.
The celebrated RUSS LITTLE QUARTET
led by trombone giant RUSS LITTLE with
TOM SZCZESNIAK (piano)
SCOTT ALEXANDER (bass)
BRIAN BARLOW (drums)
Born in Toronto, trombonist Russ Little was raised on the island of Jamaica for the first few years of his life before moving back to Canada.
By 1968 he was touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra as lead trombone and featured soloist and later, with the Count Basie Orchestra, he filled a similar role. While touring with these famed jazz orchestras, he found time to become an original member of Canada's famed Rock Orchestra, "Lighthouse", a band with which he continues to perform.
Through the early '70's, Russ Little performed in the world famous "Boss Brass", while pursuing a very successful career as conductor/composer/arranger for the CBC, CTV and Global television networks in Canada. He was also constantly busy writing and conducting for NBC, ABC, General Motors, NFL Football and the famed SCTV comedy series in which he worked closely for many years with John Candy, Eugene Levy and Martin Short.
A consistently busy session-musician throughout his career, Russ decided that after a lifetime spent performing on other people's CDs, it was time to create his,
own. "Snapshot" was the first result of that decision. His second album "Footwork" debuted in 2006 to critical acclaim and worldwide sales. His third album, "On the Shoulders Of Giants" was released in 2008. In 2011 Russ Little released his 4th album, "Slow Burn" to world-wide acclaim for what has been described as its "effortless ease of virtuosity" and "its vast range of appeal to all jazz fans and musicians".