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April 13, 2008

Vancouver Jazz Vocalist Melody Diachun Celebrates CD Release

Written by
cindy mcleod

Melody Diachun
CD Release EQ
Fri & Sat, April 18 & 19
The Cellar, Vancouver

Juno Nominated Vocalist, Composer Releases Sophomore CD

Vancouver jazz vocalist Melody Diachun celebrates the release of her sophomore CD, EQ (Electric Quintet), with a pair of performances Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19 at The Cellar in Vancouver. Joining Diachun for the concerts are fellow Vancouver musicians who fill out the Electric Quintet, Doug Stephenson (bass), Cory Weeds (soprano saxophone), Tilden Webb (Fender Rhodes) and Dan Gaucher (drums).

Featuring Diachun’s compositions along with those of Doug Stephenson, EQ (Cellar Jazz 2008) presents a contemporary, groove-oriented sound with the underpinnings of classic jazz tradition. This hybrid sound is brought to life with the use of Fender Rhodes throughout and a conventional recording studio approach, going live to 2 inch tape to bring a warmth to the project. Influenced by the jazz/funk artists of the 1970s & ’80s and the fusion of cultures and styles evolving in today’s world/jazz, the result is a fresh sound that blends the roots of the idiom for this modern take.

Juno nominated vocalist, composer and lyricist Melody Diachun is best known for her natural phrasing, full, warm voice and outstanding songwriting skills. The Montreal born musician was raised in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, where she made her professional singing debut at age fifteen. Melody made Canadian music history as the first vocalist admitted into the McGill University’s jazz performance program, earning a Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction. Awarded a Canada Council study grant in 1994, she moved to New York City to study under master vocalist Sheila Jordan.

Diachun’s previous recordings include her debut Lullaby of the Leaves (2002), featuring a mix of originals and classics in a collaboration with pianist Bob Murphy and bassist/guitarist Doug Stephenson, while dreams & places (2006), features saxophonist Tom Keenlyside and pianist Dave Restivo. In demand in the studio, Melody has also appeared on albums by Altered Laws, with whom she shared a 2007 Juno nomination for Metaphora; Kris’ truth be told” (2006) (which she also co-wrote); The McGill Swing Band’s Late, Late Show with Denzal Sinclaire, and pianist Chris Andrew’s upcoming Brazilian project, now in post production.

Lullaby of the Leaves and dreams & places are on regular rotation on national radio including CBC’s “TONIC”, “Disc Drive”, “L’Escale Jazz”, and many others. Radio recordings include the CBC “Hot Air” presentation of Melody with The Jill Townsend Big Band, and a recent session with Melody Diachun EQ.

Melody has also starred in her own episode of the television series JAZZMAN, which airs regularly on BRAVO!TV, Cool TV and The BET Network.

for more info visit www.melodydiachun.com

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