And now for something completely different…
In a season which has featured increasingly larger combos, Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents a duet at The Avalanche this Thursday, and an evening of romantic, sensual and sentimental music.
To celebrate her upcoming CD release, bilingual vocalist Heather Keizur returns to Vancouver Island, part of her North American tour, for her appearance in Courtenay. Steve Christofferson joins Keizur to share their passion for jazz.
Keizur and Christofferson have performed together for over six years – a working relationship that was formed by happenstance, nearly seven years ago.
“Someone else was supposed to be playing with me on a gig in December 2008 when at the last minute, I got a call saying that he couldn’t make it. So that night Steve filled in,” said Keizur. “That’s when the magic began.”
Keizur and Christofferson are of one mind when it comes to making music. The great Joe Williams once told Christofferson, “Sing like there’s no tomorrow.”
When Keizur and Christofferson perform together, you feel as if they have been doing so all of their lives.
Keizur’s new CD, Under My Skin, includes songs such as “’S Wonderful,” in an arrangement that will make you smile, and “Avec Le Temps” that will touch your heart to its core.
“When we made this recording the idea was to go into the studio to make music, not a CD,” said Keizur. “Only the tunes that sounded like magic made the cut.”
The show will feature songs from the new CD, together with some classic French chansons as well as a few pop songs in jazz genre that remind her of her days growing up in B.C.
Keizur’s performances showcase a mature talent that is equally at ease with jazz standards and French chansons. Christofferson’s piano, melodica, and vocals add a powerful depth to the duo’s music.
Keizur, who lived in Nanaimo and Victoria, regularly performs in Portland, Oregon, a city she now calls home.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. Admission for this show is $10 for members, and $12 for non-members. For more information about the Jazz Society, and other forthcoming events, see our website georgiastraightjazz.com, or find us on Facebook.