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November 8, 2006

New York Jazz Pianist, Vocalist to Appear in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Brenda Earle with RAEJIS
Friday, Saturday, Nov 24, 25
Cantos Museum, Calgary

Calgary-based Jazz Is Society to present vocalist/pianist Brenda Earle

Brenda Earle, the New York based jazz singer/pianist/arranger/composer, will travel to Calgary to appear on Friday & Saturday, Nov 24 & 25 at Cantos Music Foundation. Accompanying Earle for the Calgary dates will be members of RAEJIS (Resident Artists Ensemble, Jazz Is Society) Bob Tildesley (trumpet), John Reid (saxophone, flute), John Hyde (bass), and John De Waal (drums).

The Sarnia, ON native studied piano at York University before going to New York City to complete her Masters Degree, eventually taking up residence there. She has gained notoriety on both sides of the border for her mix of originals and “de-rangements” of classics, with her music borrowing from such diverse influences as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, A.C Jobim, Kenny Wheeler, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello. She has composed nearly 100 works including choral music, string quartets, works for woodwind, large and small jazz ensembles.

In 2003 and 2005 Earle was invited to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, which culminated in performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and was selected for the 2003 Jazz Ahead All-Star group, which opened for Herbie Hancock at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Delaware. In 2004 she won the International Sisters in Jazz Competition, a prize that recognized her as one of the world’s top emerging women jazz musicians, and culminating in opening for Nicholas Payton and the Village Vanguard Orchestra at the IAJE conference, and headlined the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

The multi-talented artist has toured Canada, the US, and New Zealand, where she headlined with her trio at the Christchurch Arts festival and playing sold-out solo concerts at the Taranaki Arts Festival in New Plymouth. She has been featured in numerous magazines and periodicals, and has performed with Dick Oatts, Joel Frahm, Joe Martin, Hugh Fraser, Bobby Sanabria, Sunny Wilkinson and Pat LaBarbera.

Brenda Earle released her fourth Independent CD Happening in 2005, a mix of originals and the artist’s unique arrangements for jazz and string quartets.

for more information visit www.brendaearle.com

Friday & Saturday, Nov 24 & 25
Brenda Earle with RAEJIS
Brenda Earle (piano, vocal), John Hyde (bass), John DeWaal (drums), Bob Tildesley (trumpet), John Reid (saxophone, flute)

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