On Sunday February, 17 2019 the London Jazz Society will be pleased to welcome a new and exciting jazz group to our stage. Husband and wife musicians Nevin Campbell and Rachelle Courtney met at Humber Music College, in Toronto, then married and performed music on cruise ships before deciding to settle in London, Ont. to raise their family. Nevin, a pianist, and Rachelle, a vocalist, have played at Restaurant NinetyOne and at the Collip Circle Restaurant here in town.
Rachelle Courtney lists her influences as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as well as modern jazz vocalists Emilie-Claire Barlow, a Canadian, and Stacy Kent from Great Britain. She said, "Those are my inspirations and the sound I like to emulate and borrow ideas from." She began her interest in jazz vocals as a high school student in the Peterborough, Ontario area community of Campbellford where one of her teachers was a jazz fan. Courtney later graduated from Toronto's Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts with a diploma in musical theatre, and followed that with various awards, and a degree, from Humber College.
Courtney and Nevin then moved to London to study at Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music and that led to an interest in the local jazz scene, and to performing here. She has released her debut CD titled "Unforgettable" and she is writing and arranging material for a second album. Courtney also has a private studio where she teaches piano and vocals. Her husband, Nevin Campbell, who in addition to performing with his wife, also plays in the prestigious "Basically Basie" big band based in Mississauga, Ont. An impressive gig like that requires a lot of practice. Imagine sitting in on piano for Count Basie, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.
The rest of this septet includes Ron Walker on trumpet, also a Humber graduate, Ken Foster on tenor saxophone, he also has his own quartet and plays with the K-W Big Band, Theory. Andy Tattersall plays guitar and is also a player in the Riverside Jazz Trio, Hollywood. Larry Ernewein, bass, also plays in the Ken Foster Quartet and the vocal group After Four. Award winning jazz drummer Sandy MacKay will back up this impressive line-up. Sandy is also the Musical Director of the Jazz for the People series at Wolf Performance Hall. Details for this concert can be found below...
Our regular monthly concerts are held at the Mocha Shrine Centre through the cooperation of the Shriners of London, Canada. It is located at 468 Colborne Street, just north of Queens Avenue in London, Ontario and there is lots of free parking. The "Nevin Campbell and Rachelle Courtney and Friends" performance will be held on Sunday February 17, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are available at the door only on the day of the concert and cost $6.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members. All are welcome, and if you have any questions you may call the Society President, Barbara Wenman, at 519-681-6767 for more information. This is going to be a great show so please get there early to be sure of getting a seat!
On Sunday March 10, 2019 the London Jazz Society will present Jazz Night at Mike's an upbeat combo featuring several top London jazz musicians at the Shrine Centre Hall. Tickets for this event are available at the door only on the day of the concert and cost $6.00 for members or $12.00 for non-members. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and the show begins at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and for more information you may call Society President Barbara Wenman at 519-681-6767 or email her at bainewenman @ sympatico.ca. We hope to see you there!
On Sunday April 7, 2019 the London Jazz Society will present the amazing and talented Western Jazz Ensemble featuring the best student jazz musicians from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University. This event will occur at the Mocha Shrine Centre and tickets for this show are available at the door only on the day of the concert and cost $6.00 for members or $12.00 for non-members. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. and the show begins at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and for more information you may call Society President Barbara Wenman at 519-681-6767 or email her at bainewenman @ sympatico.ca. We hope to see you there!
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