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April 16, 2007

Pianist Jillian Lebeck Returns to Cellar Stage

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Jillian Lebeck Trio
Thursday, April 19
Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

Pianist Jillian Lebeck’s Star Continues to Rise

Jazz pianist and composer Jillian Lebeck brings her trio to the Cellar Jazz stage on Thursday, April 19 for a return engagement. A Vancouver native, Lebeck is an emerging artist who is rapidly gaining attention as one of the most dynamic and exciting voices on the Canadian jazz scene.

Lebeck, who will be appearing at a number of western Canadian jazz festivals this summer, performs modern mainstream jazz that integrates pop and classical composition. Down Beat describes the music as “soulful expression steeped in the now.” Influenced by the likes of Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Radiohead, and Bjork, Lebeck favours lithe melodies that give way to smart, exploratory improvisations.

Her debut recording Living in Pieces (Maximum Jazz/Universal) spent several weeks in the number 1 position on the national Chart Attack radio charts. Jillian has been the recipient of awards like the BMG Jazz Award, Yamaha Rising Star Award, The Fraser McPherson Scholarship for young instrumentalists, and was also awarded numerous scholarships to Berklee College of Music. Jillian Lebeck’s groups have been featured in CBC Radio’s Studio One Jazz Series during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and were also featured on CBC’s “Hot Air”, and “After Hours”.

Jillian and her group opened for legendary jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano at the Centre for Performing Arts during the 2004 Vancouver International Jazz Festival and toured Canada including dates at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and a five night stand at the Top of the Senator in Toronto. Since then she has performed in Sicily for “The Brass Group”, and in the Netherlands as a regular performer at the jazz club “Wakker”, as well as jazz festivals in The Hague “Pure Jazz Festival” and Eemnes “Cooking and Jazz” featuring Patti Austin. Jillian is currently working on 2 new recordings to be released sometime in 2007.

for more info visit www.jillianlebeck.com

Thursday, April 19
Jillian Lebeck Trio
Jillian Lebeck (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), Paul Townsend (drums)
Cellar Jazz / Vancouver

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