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Katie Diamond's Jazz Cabaret with Ginny Simonds

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Katie Diamond’s Jazz Cabaret presents Wave, heating things up with the sounds of Brazil

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Join us for the next riveting concert in the Katie Diamond Jazz Cabaret series, when Chelsea’s own multi-talented Ginny Simonds takes to the keys with her extraordinary bandmates, all of them aficionados of the exotic Brazilian rhythms that now thrill music lovers world-wide.

A special treat is in store for musicians and audience alike, as the keys in this case belong to a glorious grand piano that has been loaned to the Mill Road concert space.

The Mill Road performance is a tribute to Bossa Nova, particularly the music of recently deceased João Gilberto; vocalist, guitarist and inventor of the Bossa Nova style. It is said that his “seductive vocals caressed the ear as well as the soul. The voice pulled in one direction and the beat in another.” João transformed the rhythm of the slow slow samba to produce this uniquely sophisticated style of music, the Bossa Nova. This transformation opened the door to the modern harmonics created by the likes of legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Also featured will be the music of composer, musician and vocalist Marcos Valle (Summer Samba), representing the musicians who ushered in an evolutionary second wave of the Bossa Nova movement.

Wave has been on the scene for the past eight years, and has been heard at all the venues and festivals that matter to jazz fans locally.

Wave consists of Jerry Sociedade on vocals, Ginny Simonds on Keyboard and Chris Thompson on electric bass. For the Mill Road performance, Wave will be joined by Michel Renaud on trumpet and flugelhorn and Andrés Navarro on Brazilian percussion.

Jerry Sociedade is fluent in four languages including his native Portuguese and his performances as a vocalist have included Wave, Samba Ottawa (Ottawa Tulip Festival) and Capital Vox Choir (Ottawa Jazz Festival). He was initially drawn to latin dance but later found jazz vocal performance to be even more personally rewarding. Numerous business and personal travels to South America allowed him to explore latin music and cultures. He lived in Brazil for a short period of time where he developed his love and feel for Bossa Nova and Samba. His warm style and personal connection to Brazilian and Latin sound contributes to vibrant performances where he shares his infectious energy with the musicians and audience.

Ginny Simonds is a pianist who, after many years of performing and teaching classical music, discovered a passion for jazz, and particularly Brazilian jazz. Ginny lived in Brazil for four years as a child and plays Brazilian rhythms as only one who has internalized them as a child can. She has returned for extended visits where she reconnected with the rich culture and beautiful melodies and rhythms. Her innate understanding of the language and percussion training bring a truly genuine sound to her performances. Ginny is a highly sought after pianist and has contributed to numerous local jazz bands and projects she has led, such as several tributes to Canadian Jazz pianist and composer Joe Sealy performed at venues including Merrickville Jazz Festival, Live on Elgin, and Mill Road.

Chris Thompson has been playing bass and drums in large and small performing bands since the 1970s. He was first attracted to Brazilian music listening to Sergio Mendes’ Brazil 66. His versatility as a musician is reflected in a wide range of bands and musical styles. Chris plays drums with the Standing Room Only big band, host of the popular Almonte Sunday afternoon tea dances. He is also sought out by other bands as a substitute drummer and bass player, and for special events. His driving tempos and musicality provide a solid rhythmic foundation for any band he plays in.

Michel Renaud

Michel started playing trumpet in high school and was very fortunate to have had trumpet player Gerry Nadeau as his music teacher. After music studies at U of O and McGill University, he started a career in the music business. He was privileged to work early and often with Sid Holmes. Another important mentor was Dave Hildinger, who inspired him to become an arranger and orchestrator. The highlight of his musical career was a recording session where he conducted 36 members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, performing his arrangements. Michel is an “old school” Big Band trumpet player with beautiful tonal and melodic quality. He currently performs with The Grey Jazz Big Band. His major lead trumpet role models are Snooky Young, John Audino, Jimmy Maxwell and Bernie Glow.

Manuel Andrés Cornejo Navarro

Originally from Chile, Andrés has spent half of his life in Brazil where he fell in love with its inspiring, diverse and rich musical universe. He showcases a masterful command of numerous percussion instruments and an innate sense for complex Brazilian rhythms, to the great delight of his audiences. Andrés has shared his passion through several local projects, including Florquestra, Brazillustration and Roda de Samba. He is also a founder director of a newly created Brazil-Canada Community Association (BRINCA).

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