LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ Series #44 with Ashley St. Pierre
DATE: Friday, November 6, 2020 TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT VENUE: 'LIVEstream.LOVE.JAZZ.Series' (This event will be Livestreamed) 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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After studying at OCAD for a year, Ashley St. Pierre decided to pursue jazz voice and composition at Mohawk College where she completed the Applied Music diploma program. During her 2nd and 3rd years she received full scholarship awards for top marks. She graduated from the 3 year program in 2005 with honours. Some of her teachers at the college included Mike Malone, Dave McMurdo, Nick Deutch, and Jason Logue. Ashley studied voice privately under Bob Hamper and Carol McCartney, and she studied big band composition privately under Rob McConnell.
Ashley released her debut album Star Spinning in 2007 to rave reviews. It features 5 originals by Ashley as well as some unique arrangements of standards. Some of the highlights include the upbeat energetic title track “Star Spinning” with solos by Mike Murley, Mike Malone and Adrean Farrugia, a Dave Holland inspired arrangement of “Nature Boy”, the beautiful original “You’re Not Here”, and a haunting rendition of Michel Legrand’s “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”. Star Spinning won “Best Jazz Album” at the Ontario Independent Music Awards in 2008.
She has been called “a truly classy performer with a classic voice”, and is said to have a “contagious enthusiasm” with a “talent just itching to break loose and take the world by storm.” Her original music and singing has been played on 91.1 JAZZ FM radio in Toronto and WHUS 91.7 in Connecticut.
Currently, the multi-talented Ms. St. Pierre has spent the past four years pursuing a degree in fine art, art history and philosophy in a joint program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, performing her music only occasionally. Her show at Stella’s is a rare live performance not to be missed, as it will be a harbinger of great things to come from this passionate chanteuse.
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)