‘IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD’ PIANO SERIES featuring Roberta Hunt
DATE: Friday, May 1, 2020 TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST VENUE: 'In Your Own Backyard' Piano Series (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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A huge thanks to the City of St. Catharines for their support!
Roberta Hunt is an exhilarating jazz and blues musician – she is a singer, piano player, and songwriter. With her signature rootsy and blues style, one music critic wrote, “Mix big piano with a beautiful voice, add some attitude and a lot of charisma. With a penchant for those you-done-me-wrong songs and her musical roots in the jazz and spirituals of New Orleans: a picture of Roberta Hunt starts to emerge…”
A sought-after musician in the Ontario music scene, Roberta’s personal and exuberant approach to performance has now mixed with the swing/Lindy dance scene resulting in sizzling energy between dancers and the band that electrifies the audience. Roberta’s current jazz, blues, funk collaboration Red Hot Ramble has been stirring up a great buzz with frequent performances at live music landmarks like The Rex Hotel, Reservoir Lounge, Dovercourt House, and The Lancaster Jazz Club in Kitchener.
In addition to performing solo and with her own bands (Red Hot Ramble, Bertie and the Gents, Roberta Hunt Trio) in Toronto, Roberta has also participated in the French Quarter Festival New Orleans; Davos Sounds Good Festival, Davos; Rapperswil Jazz Festival, Switzerland; Jazz in Mortigliano, Italy as well as local jazz festivals over her career. The New Orleans influence began early in Roberta’s career when she joined the legendary Toronto New Orleans band “Kid Bastien’s Happy Pals” and held the piano post until 2009.
You can find Roberta and Red Hot Ramble on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and other digital distribution. Stay tuned for Red Hot Ramble’s third CD titled, ‘Today Will Be A Good Day’ later this year!
ABOUT THE “IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD” SERIES:
“We love organically grown events and this series is a prime example of that. In January of 2019, we started this series 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’ 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)