NJF 2015 Artist Update: ASHLEY ST. PIERRE TRIO

DATE: Friday July 24, 2015
STAGE: Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery, Flagship event
ADDRESS: 2145 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
TIME: 8:00PM – 8:30PM
TICKET PRICE: $64 + HST / $166+ HST (with food)

BAND MEMBERS:
Ashley St Pierre – vocalist, composer, arranger
Jakub Zapotoczny – piano
Mark Dunn – bass

BAND BIO:
The Ashley St. Pierre Trio is a collection of musicians who aim to showcase the beauty and whimsy in jazz.

ARTIST BIOS:
Local musical chameleon, Jakub Zapotoczny is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and producer. His numerous collaborations include session work with Juno award-winning producer Joseph Donovan.

Accomplished bassist Mark Dunn has been active in the Toronto jazz scene since 2004. He has performed at numerous festivals in Canada and abroad.

HISTORY:
Ashley St Pierre is an award-winning vocalist, composer, arranger, and artist, originally from the small town of Beamsville, Ontario. St Pierre began a career in jazz voice and composition at Mohawk College in Hamilton.  She then went on working as a performing jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and private vocal teacher primarily located in Toronto and the GTA.  Among others, St Pierre has studied under Rob McConnell, Mike Malone, Bob Hamper, Carol McCartney, Dave McMurdo, and Norma Winstone. She produced her debut album, Star Spinning, in 2007, which featured original songs and arrangements as well as standards, and for which she won the award, Best Jazz Album, at the Ontario Independent Music Awards in 2008.

The Ashley St Pierre Trio, featuring Mark Dunn on bass and Jakub Zapotoczny on piano, is a new venture, coming together specifically for the Niagara Jazz Festival. This will be the first time the band performs live together.

AWARDS:
Ashley St Pierre’s debut album, Star Spinning, won Best Jazz Album at the Ontario Independent Music Awards in 2008.

QUOTES:
“Singer-songwriter Ashley St Pierre’s début album reveals considerable talent just itching to break loose and take the world by storm.” – James Wegg

“St Pierre’s voice displays remarkable maturity and flexibility.” – James Wegg

“We’re dealing with an artist for whom the music is top priority.” – Trevor Abes

“St. Pierre’s nuances are like patterns on a Rothko, assured, unpredictable, and free of self-consciousness.” – Trevor Abes

WEBLINK: www.ashleystpierre.com