DATE: Sunday, July 30th, 2017
EVENT: Jazz on the Rise
STAGE: Megalomaniac Winery
ADDRESS: 3930 Cherry Ave, Vineland
TIME: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
TICKET PRICE: FREE
Stu is a dynamic performer whose charisma and charm delight audiences at every turn. His smooth tone and signature phrasing create a sound that you won’t soon forget.
With a vocal style reminiscent of Sinatra, Thormé or Baker, Stu Mac brings to life the phrasing and tone with which the ‘Great American Songbook’ was meant to be sung. Stu is a dynamic performer who continues to play a variety of venues throughout Toronto and southern Ontario.
After receiving the ‘jazz vocalist of the year’ award while attending Humber College in 1998, Stu went on to record and release his debut album ‘In a moment’ in 2000. He has studied with jazz notables, such as Raneé Lee, and performed with a number of Canada’s jazz luminaries, including his Humber contemporary, Laila Biali. Stu is set to release his latest project ‘Out of the Blue’ this summer and is excited to bring his band and new material to the Niagara Jazz Festival.
ABOUT THE BAND
Mark Micklethwaite is a drummer/composer based in Toronto. Known for his musical touch and great feel, he has appeared and recorded with numerous renowned artists including Guido Basso, Phil Dwyer, Joel Frahm, Molly Johnson, Lorne Lofsky, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Mike Murley, Kenny Wheeler, and the Detroit Symphony. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Toronto’s York University and a Master of Music degree from New York’s Manhattan School of Music and has studied with Jim Blackley, Barry Elmes, Garry Dial, John Riley, Luciana Souza, and Kenny Washington. Mark has performed at various venues and festivals throughout North America and has toured throughout Europe and Egypt.
Mr. Harrison began playing piano at age 3 and was regularly performing by age 6 throughout southwestern Ontario. He was invited to perform in Australia at age 11 for a world music education conference, setting the stage for his teen years which continued to garner him many accolades. He attended the University of Toronto’s prestigious music program from 2000-2003. During this time, he worked as the Garden Brothers Circus musical director from 2000-2005 and as the keyboardist for ‘the second city’ in Toronto from 2000-2003.
Mr. Harrison continues to perform throughout Ontario with the likes of Stu Macdonald, Justin Bacchus, Vince Bertucci, Parkdale Funk, Austin John, Gillian Margot, as the musical director for The Performers Lounge (radio show), as well as numerous public and private jazz performances in and out of Toronto.