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February 13, 2009

Oliver Jones to Mentor Jazz Vocalist Dione Taylor

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz music news

Dione Taylor

Dione Taylor & Oliver Jones
Saturday, May 9
National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Vocalist Taylor to Benefit from Governor General’s Mentorship Program

Canadian jazz icon Oliver Jones, the brilliant Montreal based pianist, has chosen to mentor talented vocalist Dione Taylor through the Governor General’s Performing Arts Mentorship Program.

The Mentorship Program pairs a past recipient of a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award with an early to mid-career artist, enabling the masters to hand down their expertise and creative guidance to the next generation. The selected artist receives an honorarium and showcases a work at the Awards Gala.

Mr. Jones, who was honoured in 2005 with the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, has chosen to coach the Regina born vocalist and will also perform with Taylor at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards gala on Saturday, May 9th at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Dione Taylor majored in voice (classical and opera) at the University of Regina before graduating with honours from the jazz program at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. She has released two CD’s, Open Your Eyes (2004) and I Love Being Here With You (2008), the latter gaining wide attention in Japan.

74-year-old Jones is known for his lightening speed and dexterity on the piano. As a child he studied with Daisy Peterson Sweeny, sister of fellow Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson. Jones often draws comparison to Peterson for his style and approach.

Jones and Taylor performed Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom last year at the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame gala and have since become colleagues. Taylor received a 2008 Gemini Award nomination for her rendition of the composition.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are Canada’s highest honour for excellence in the performing arts.

for more info visit www.bce.ca/ggawards/en/home.html

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