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January 25, 2007

Canadian Jazz in Orange County

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz music live


Chris Williams
OC Pavilion Performing Arts Centre
Orange County, California
Saturday, Feb. 3

Calgary-born jazz vocalist makes waves in California

The OC Pavilion Performing Arts Centre plays host to Canadian jazz crooner Chris Williams on Saturday, February 3, when he appears on stage at the Orange County, California theatre.

Chris Williams and his seven-piece ensemble, The Jazz Nightlife Renaissance, are known for their romantic approach to jazz, reminiscent of greats like Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Performing professionally since he was fifteen years old, Williams, now 26, has built an international following.

Born in Calgary, Chris began by singing gospel music in his parents’ church as a young boy. After moving to White Rock, British Columbia, he studied under the highly acclaimed musical director Dave Proznick at Semiahmoo Secondary School. While in this program, Chris began performing professionally as a drummer and vocalist. He earned many awards including four vocal solo awards at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and a major scholarship to the elite Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Currently living in Southern California, Chris has received extensive media attention in Los Angeles in the last two years from his local concert and festival appearances. In February 2004 he completed a successful European tour.

Chris’ newly released debut CD “premodernism” is receiving strong accolades.

for more information visit www.cwjazz.com

Saturday, Feb. 3
Chris Williams
and the Jazz Nightlife Renaissance
OC Pavilion Performing Arts Centre / Orange County, California

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