Heather Bambrick & Friends featuring Melissa Stylianou

Fri Jun 29 7:30pm
Ticket Price: 
$45 + service charge
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Ticket-holders will be seated at the Home Smith Bar on a “first come, first selection” basis night-of-show.

Jazz singer Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts since the turn of this century, from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City, from intimate club residencies to top festival stages. Stylianou’s newest solo album – No Regrets, her fifth disc and second for the New York-based Anzic Records – is about the joy of spontaneity. She recorded a set of jazz standards and other favorites in a live-to-two-track, noon-to-night studio session backed by a trio of New York all-stars: pianist Bruce Barth, double-bassist Linda Oh and drummer Matt Wilson, with guest spots by clarinetist Anat Cohen and alto saxophonist Billy Drewes.

She sings songs by likes of the Gershwins, Jerome Kern and Duke Ellington, along with a Billie Holiday tune, a vocal twist on Thelonious Monk, the indigo-hued chestnut “A Nightingale Can Sing the Blues” and, as a left-field inclusion, a folk setting of Yeats, “Down by the Salley Gardens.” This beautiful album once again underscores why DownBeat has called her a “sophisticated storyteller” and an “original.”

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.

led by trombone giant RUSS LITTLE with

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".