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February 8, 2009

Jazz Vocal Improvisation Pioneer Norma Winstone

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz vocal concerts, Canada

Norma Winstone

Norma Winstone’s
The Distances Trio
Friday, Feb. 20
Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

Winstone tours in support of new CD

London-born jazz vocalist, Norma Winstone appears at Edmonton’s Yardbird Suite on Friday, Feb. 20 in a trio format with Glauco Venier (piano) and Klaus Gesing (bass clarinet, saxophone).

Best known for her improvisation skills and effortless delivery, Winstone is also a creative interpreter of lyrics and composed melody. In 2002, she was awarded the title Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards.

The trio is touring in celebration of its 2008 ECM release, Distances, which received 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine and has been nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Winstone is a pioneer in vocal improvisation, collaborating with musicians such as Joe Harriott, John Stevens and Mike Westbrook. It was while performing at Ronnie Scott’s club in London that she began to gain attention.

Since that time the multiple award-winning artist has collaborated on over two dozen recordings, including five albums with Azimuth, the group featuring Winstone, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler setting new standards in improvised chamber music. Winstone has also collaborated with numerous US jazz artists, including Jimmy Rowles, Fred Hersch, Gary Burton and Steve Swallow, as well as with UK jazz greats such as Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins.

Italian pianist Glauco Venier has collaborated with a wide cross section of Italian and international musicians including Enrico Rava, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Joey Baron, Paolo Fresu and dozens more.

Classically trained reed man Klaus Gesing is also well versed in Bulgarian music, becoming a hallmark of his own writing. The German artist continues to salute the legacy of John Coltrane.

for more info visit www.normawinstone.com

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