This week, Georgia Straight Jazz Society is pleased to present a new performer.
Fawn Fritzen is a multilingual performer who embodies Canada’s diversity with her mixed cultural roots of Chinese, French and German.
She has two studio albums under her belt and is the winner of the 2014 Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Jazz Artists.
Fritzen — who is based in the Yukon — is joined by David Restivo on piano.
With a powerful belt, Fritzen will growl out some gritty blues, then follow with a tender ballad imbued with delicate nuance.
Her eclectic shows reflect her travels, with beloved jazz standards alongside originals, blending elements of roots and gospel into her singing.
Restivo is an award-winning pianist and composer.
Born in Lansing, Michigan, and based primarily in Toronto since 1982, he has been a sought-after and influential figure in Canada’s jazz community since the late-1980s.
Well-known for his work with Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan, Restivo has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Dave Holland, Curtis Fuller, Mel Torme, Kenny Wheeler, Jon Hendricks, and David Clayton-Thomas.
As musical and life partners, Fawn and David have a special and heart-warming chemistry in their duo shows.
Performance time is 7:30 p.m. at The Avalanche Bar & Grill at 275 8th St. in Courtenay.
Admission is $10 for Jazz Society members, and $12 for non-members.