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November 18, 2007

Jazz Vocalist Sophie Milman in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Sophie Milman
Wednesday, December 12
MacEwan Hall, Calgary

Canadian Jazz Singer’s Make Someone Happy Does Just That

At just 24 years old, Sophie Milman has quickly become one of Canada’s most recognized jazz vocalists. Hitting the top of the Billboard Charts with her self-titled 2004 debut album, the songstress has undergone a whirlwind of promotion and touring the U.S., Mexico, Japan, Europe and Canada in between her commerce studies at the University of Toronto.

The singer has released a new CD Make Someone Happy, and been appearing across North America in support of the album. She makes a stop in Calgary on Wednesday, December 12, to perform at MacEwan Student Centre at the University of Calgary.

In a fairy-tale kind of story, the young artist went from “bookish teenager” to jazz princess virtually overnight. The multi-lingual singer picked up languages and underwent cultural immersion when her family moved from her native Russia when she was seven years old, then relocated to Canada when she was sixteen. The blossoming artist had performed a mere handful of professional engagements when she was offered a recording contract, releasing her debut album that saw her gain instant popularity with media and jazz fans alike for her music and her glamourous look.

Milman earned a Juno nomination in 2006 for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and has shared the bill with such names as Aaron Neville and the Neville Brothers, Chick Corea, and Jesse Cook. Her face was seen on the covers of Voir, Klublife, Wholenote, and The Globe & Mail, and she was featured in publications including Hello!, Q, Jazz Times, Elle Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She also appeared on Entertainment Tonight, CBC, CTV, the BBC, BET Jazz, NPR, and several NBC and Fox affiliates across the U.S.

In October 2006 Sophie released the acclaimed iTunes EP, Live at the Winter Garden Theatre, which debuted at #1 in Canada and dominated the jazz charts in several territories.

Produced by Juno Award-winning Steven MacKinnon (Marc Jordan, Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder), her new album, Make Someone Happy, features Sthe vocalist with the band that has been touring with her, led by multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Cameron Wallis, along with Paul Shrofel (piano), John Fraboni (drums), and Kieran Overs (bass).

Opening Milman’s Calgary performance is Vancouver based multi-instrumentalist Alex Cuba. The Juno Award-winning musician/composer performs his original Latin pop/soul music with a unique Cuban approach.

for more information visit www.sophiemilman.com

Wednesday, December 12
Sophie Milman
opening: Alex Cuba
MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary

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