VOCAL STYLINGS: JAZZ AND CABARET
with Heather Bambrick and Diane Leah
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|Vocal Stylings: Jazz and Cabaret
Heather Bambrick and Diane Leah
Monday, July 18, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Mennonite New Life Centre (1774 Queen St. East)
Heather Bambrick and Diane Leah (both members of the Jazz Cabaret ensemble Broadsway) share their collective 60+ years of performance in this informative, interesting, and interactive workshop. Together they’ll discuss topics from vocal tone and stylistic idiomatic practices in Jazz and Cabaret, to mic technique, song selection / connection, and collaboration / communication with accompaniment. AND they’ll do it all with much fun and laughter!
Vocalist, actor, broadcaster, and educator, Heather Bambrick has worked with a vast array of artists including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Guido Basso, Anne Hampton Callaway, Jackie Richardson, Rob McConnell, and Peter Appleyard. Her recordings have garnered award nominations, as well as international airplay and praise. She’s been awarded both “Vocalist of the Year” and “Broadcaster of the Year” at the Canadian National Jazz Awards. Besides being one of Canada’s finest Jazz vocalists, Heather works regularly as a voice actor for commercials as well as in animation series for PBS, NBC, Disney, Jim Henson Company, and others. She is also the host of two weekly programs on JAZZ.FM91 – Canada’s only all-Jazz radio. Heather is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music Jazz Studies program and has taught at both
U of T and Humber College, as well as at conferences and festivals across Canada.
Diane Leah is an experienced pianist, arranger, and Music Director with credits that span forty years in Canadian music. In addition to her work in music theatre, Diane accompanies such performers as Jackie Richardson, Alana Bridgewater, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels, Thom Allison, Stephanie Martin, and Sterling Jarvis. She has worked as a vocal / audition coach for the past twenty-five years, and has taught at Randolph Academy for the Arts. For the past 15 years, Diane has served as Director of Music at the Metropolitan Community Church, creating original arrangements that bring together elements of Jazz, Pop, Gospel, and more. Her latest project is Broadsway, a vocal / piano trio featuring Heather Bambrick and Julie Michels. Since 2011, they have been performing at such venues as Hugh’s Room, Jazz Bistro, Metropolitan Room (NYC) and in concert halls throughout Ontario.