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April 29, 2009

NY pianist, vocalist Brenda Earle in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Brenda Earle

Jazz Is Society Presents
Brenda Earle
Fri & Sat, May 1 & 2
Cantos Music Foundation, Calgary

Canadian Native Makes her Mark on New York Jazz Scene

Jazz Is Society presents jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Brenda Earle on Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2. Drawing inspiration from jazz, Brazilian, classical and pop, Ms. Earle appears at Cantos Music Foundation (134 – 11 Ave SE) at 8:00 pm nightly. Joining Brenda for the concert by the Resident Artists of the Jazz Is Society with John Reid (saxophone, flute), Kodi Hutchison (bass) and John De Waal (drums).

A graduate of Toronto’s York University jazz program as a piano major, Earle developed her vast repertoire working aboard cruise ships. In 2002 she moved to New York to pursue Graduate Studies in Jazz from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2004, Brenda was selected as a winner of the International Association for Jazz Education’s Sisters in Jazz competition, which identified her as one of the top emerging female jazz artists in the world. Earle and four other winners were assembled to perform at the IAJE conference in New York City, opening for Nicholas Payton and the Village Vanguard Orchestra. Two performances at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center ensued. Since that time she has shared the stage with such greats as Dick Oatts, Hugh Fraser, Pat LaBarbera, Mike Murley, and Bobby Sanabria among them.

In 2005, Brenda released her full-length jazz CD, Happening, which featured original compositions and unique arrangements of jazz standards and pop covers. This album showcased her eclectic compositional prowess (as well as her New York band) and she toured extensively in support of this release, performing all over Canada, the US and a special month-long tour of New Zealand. She received international radio play in 27 countries.

A prolific composer and arranger of instrumental and vocal music, Brenda has composed for chamber orchestra, big band, string quartet, brass quintet and woodwind ensembles as well as over 100 compositions for jazz ensemble. She’s also composed/arranged over fifty pieces for jazz vocal ensembles, including two Sacred Jazz Masses.

Although she is still a proud Canadian, Brenda has been based in New York City since 2002, where she maintains a busy performing, writing, and teaching schedule. for more visit www.brendaearle.com

Tickets: $ 35, Members $ 30, Seniors $ 30, Students $20 at Ticketmaster (403) 777-0000 (agency fee in effect).

for more info visit www.jazzis.org

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