- Saturday Dec 31 2022
- 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twilight Jazz Series: Spring Into Jazz featuring the Melissa Lauren Trio
📅 DATE: POSTPONED - NEW DATE TBA 🕑 TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm) 🏟️ VENUE: Mahtay Café and Lounge (VACCINATION POLICY IN EFFECT) 🗺️ ADDRESS: 241 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON 💵 PRICE: In Advance: $29 + HST; At the Door: $39; Musicians/Arts Workers/Students: $13 + HST - Buy Now!
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ABOUT THE SHOW
The trio will be performing songs from the upcoming album, “My Voice”, as well as jazz standards, blues and a few covers done with their own special hybrid of retro styles, fun grooves, and thoughtful lyrics.
The evening’s performance will feature:
Tickets are non-refundable. Artists and venues are subject to change.
All musicians, staff, volunteers and patrons at TD Niagara Jazz Festival events must be double-vaccinated. Proof of vaccination will be required upon arrival.
Season Pass holders must contact Darlene (email@example.com or call at 289-259-4997) before the show’s date to reserve their seating. Please arrive to claim your seat by 5:45PM, otherwise the seat will be made available for sale for General Admission.
For more details, please email Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosted by DPLU Music and Mahtay Café & Market
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Toronto-based singer and songwriter Melissa Lauren has smoothly made the transition from veteran swing “crooness” to songwriter. The music – her own brand of old school jazz, Do-wap and blues mixed with Indie pop inflections and sounds; very much a product of her early musical training meeting her adult musical encounters.
Her latest project, “The Little Ones” is an audience crafted collection of songs. Curated after a series of house concerts and a Canadian Tour, the repertoire or “playlist” consists of the songs that resonated most with listeners.
Songs include the gentle pop groove of “The Little Ones” a dedication to her three-year-old daughter in which she addresses her future loves, as well as danceable blues paired best with electric effects, and a torch song and Willie Nelson cover. The (unreleased) folk/pop “Eyes Open” was awarded runner up in the North American Song and Lyric Competition. Pairing with her husband, guitarist Nathan Hiltz, the live show is charming, and calls people from all walks of life to trust their hearts to Lauren’s frank yet soothing word puzzles, and Hiltz’ deep grounding in rich harmony and supportive groove. The touring format includes bass and drums for larger stages and festivals.
Nathan Hiltz is an outstanding jazz guitarist who moved to Toronto from his native Halifax in 1999. Since then he has recorded with a lengthy line-up of leading artists, and consistently performs on more than 200 gigs each year. Hiltz received a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College in 2005 and a Master of Music from University of Toronto in 2011 and has studied jazz guitar with greats including Reg Schwager, Jim Hall, and Adam Rogers. In addition to maintaining an intensive performing career, he currently teaches at Humber College. He released his debut solo album,Your Love Is A Plane Crash, in 2007, and after a decade spent touring and working on the recording projects of others, he returned to the studio in 2015 to record his second CD, Songs Poetics, original arrangements of classic tunes. Critical comment is consistently effusive, with praise such as “Hiltz makes each musical moment count. He creates multi-dimensional improvisations and offers every audience his very natural, organic, melodic instincts.”
Ross MacIntyre is one of the most sought after bassists in Canada. He has played on hundreds of recordings including 11 that have won or were nominated for JUNO awards.
As a side musician, he has shared the stage with some of North America’s great performers including Matt Dusk, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Guido Basso, Geoffey Keezer Warren Vaché, Filo Machado, Heather Bambrick, Elizabeth Shephard, Kellylee Evans, Laila Biali, Jesse Cook, Shannon Butcher, Barbra Lica, Eliana Cuevas, Jorge Miguel, The Shuffle Demons, and many others.
Ross attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. He studied privately with Ray Brown, Dave Young, Pat Collins, Mike Downes, and Joel Quarrington.
He was the music director and composer for The Garden Brother Circus, and has played in the pit orchestra for numerous musical theatre productions with CanStage, Young People’s Theatre, and Mirvish Prodictions.
In 2011 Ross released a duet alum with the great Pianist Mark Kieswetter, and it has been met with critical acclaim. The Whole Note magazine wrote, “Kieswetter and MacIntyre have captured the essence of what the best piano/bass duos are all about: elegance, economy, precision, fluidity, style, intimate, grace, and that magical, intangible chemistry – the simpatico.”
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