LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ Series #16 featuring Bruce Tournay
DATE: Friday, May 15, 2020 TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST VENUE: 'In Your Own Backyard' (This event will be Live streamed) PRICE: FREE (Donations accepted)
* Please note that donations accepted to help the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (Registered Charity: #80107-7033-RR0001) continue to bring live music to Niagara and beyond. Thank you for supporting the arts!
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Bruce Tournay has been impressing Canadian and international audiences with his effortless piano performance and his powerful voice since 1988. Bruce began as a member of the acclaimed Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, in which he won gold for performance at the Calgary Music Festival.
Since that time Bruce’s work has been featured on City TV as well as spotlighted on 91.1 Jazz FM, winning listeners locally and internationally in venues from pubs to soft seat theatres. In 2012 Bruce performed at the 100th Grey Cup backing Dave Rave of Teenage Head. Bruce has performed at Toronto’s Massey Hall behind Wayne Brady, Brad Garrett and Russell Peters as a part of the Just For Laughs Gala. Also, Bruce performs with Marie Bottrell (Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee) and has recorded with Bill Dillon (Robbie Robertson, Sarah Maclachlan). Bruce has made appearances in the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, both at the Rex and Ten Feet Tall. In 2009 Bruce guested in a televised special alongside Pat Collins, Kevin Dempsey, Darcey Hepner, Michael Stuart and Mike Malone to name a few. Bruce has also enjoyed great success entertaining for Carnival Cruise Lines, where he delighted audiences with his own carefully crafted songs and his unique twist on piano bar favourites.
Currently Bruce can be seen performing solo or with groups from duo to quintet under his leadership. As well, Bruce is sought after as a sideman and has appeared with Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Tommy Ambrose, Mark Laforme, Jacob Moon, Marty Edwards, Buddy Aquilina, Trinity Mpho, Tuba4 and the Jazz Connection Big Band.
Apart from his live experience, Bruce is in demand as a studio musician, having sung for the who’s who of radio and corporate jingles, including Canadian Tire, Proctor and Gamble and Blue Line Stationery. Bruce has also made guest appearances on over 30 other artists’ releases. Separate of his contribution to other artists’ works, Bruce was honoured with a F.A.C.T.O.R. grant for his original compositions.
2014 brings something new; Bruce has just completed penning two one act musicals called Shane’s Shoes and Heroin. As well, Bruce has mounted a Billy Joel and other pop piano greats tribute called Billy Joel and The Piano Men.
In addition, Bruce is an on staff musician at Compasspoint Bible Church in Burlington Ontario, which hosts a contemporary service involving a seven piece combo. Further, in 2009, Bruce was asked to coach the TABB 5 choral ensemble that fronts the Toronto All Star Big Band. Bruce has received the Humanities Medal For Special Achievement from McMaster University and the Hamilton Spectator Scholarship (Mohawk College).
ABOUT THE “LIVEStream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series”
“We love organically grown events and this series is a prime example of that. In January of 2019, we started a series called “IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD” when local jazz pianist Doug Mundy asked us if we could store his Steinway grand piano at our Shady Acres Studio. We knew how our jazz fans LOVE the intimate concerts so we thought why not do one ‘In our own back yard’.
The first 4-part piano series was a huge success so we then decided to add another 4 shows and then another 2! 10 shows in total for 2019 and when the piano was removed we decided to continue with a guitar series. Part 4 of the guitar series came during the COVID-19 pandemic so we decided to adapt to the times. Our NEW live-streamed events are now in YOUR own backyard. ‘From our back yard to yours’
To align with our tag line: LIVE LOVE JAZZ and the current situation, we have re-branded our series to be called the “LIVEStream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series”.
We do look forward to having our guests gather in our backyard again soon (when it is safe to do so) but until then we are thrilled to be able to live-stream our events and to keep the music alive in Niagara and beyond”
Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea (Co-creators: Twilight Jazz Series and TD Niagara Jazz Festival)
Find us online : www.NiagaraJazzFestival.com
Call us at: 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (1-844-548-5299)