Betty Ann Bryanton & Pierre Monfils—January 29 at 7:00 p.m.
In January, vocalist Betty Ann Bryanton brightens a cold winter's night. Backed by guitarist Pierre Monfils, she’ll sing a range of timeless standards from the great American songbook. Expect to hear music from the likes of George Gershwin and Billie Holiday, along with rare gems and contemporary classics. Enjoy complimentary coffee or tea, or purchase a glass of wine or craft beer. Proceeds benefit the church music fund.
About Betty Ann
Betty Ann Bryanton has been hooked on jazz since 2006. She was drawn in by the familiar melodies of the Great American Songbook - songs by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra,... She surprised herself that she already knew many of these songs (many of them from Broadway musicals with which she was already familiar) and loved their story-telling beautiful melodies.
Since then, she been concentrating almost exclusively on vocal jazz. She studies jazz voice with Christine Duncan in Toronto and performs in Ottawa-Gatineau with many excellent musicians, e.g., pianists Miguel de Armas, Yves Laroche, David Miller; guitarists Nathan Corr, Tim Bedner, and Pierre Monfils; and more. She is known for her charismatic stage presence and her clear, warm, emotive voice. She enjoys performing familiar swing tunes but has come to really love the Latin bossa novas, as well.
Busy musician Pierre Monfils, originally from Windsor Ontario, spent most of his youth in Ottawa. His early love of music developed into a career teaching music and drama in Ontario schools. Now retired from teaching, Pierre devotes most of his free time to his first passion – the guitar. Pierre accompanies many top area vocalists on a frequent basis, including Anouk Michelle-Gregoire
Other concerts in Ascension's Jazz Series
Julie Kevan/Peter Browne—February 26: House concert favourites perform jazz classics, Broadway, old-time country, and even current hits.
Evensong Ensemble—April 30: Variations on the theme Open Hearts/Open Minds: Peter Woods, James McGowan and friends perform songs from the hymnody. This is a plus concert; your ticket includes tapas and a complimentary drink.
And please check out our Archville Chamber Series.
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