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Event Archive - Spirited Jazz Vespers: Susannah Adams, Karel Roessingh, Miguelito Valdez, Joey Smith

Sun. September 16th 2018 First Unitarian Church of Victoria Victoria BC (No Minors)
7 PM doors at 6:15 PM
By Donation

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Jazz Vespers Series

Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration in venues with exquisite sound and ambiance.

The Susannah Adams Quartet, Theme: “As the Morning Light”
Sunday, September 16th at 7 pm,
Susannah Adams - Vocals, Karl Roessingh - Piano, Miguelito Valdez - Trumpet & Flugelhorn, and Joey Smith - Double Bass.
First Unitarian Church Victoria
By Donation & Greatly Appreciated

Those who have been appreciating the short trip on a country road to a beautiful setting with top jazz musicians, completed with the musings of Reverend Shana, will be sure not to miss this upcoming vespers featuring Susannah Adams. Her quartet’s theme “As the Morning Light” is based on her newly released CD. Gliding with ease, Susannah Adams navigates the journey that each performer brings, and one would be forgiven for thinking Adams had been raised on these complex harmonies. However, it was not until she was in her twenties that Susannah was first introduced to the world of jazz. A refreshing combination of old fashioned innocence and self assurance, Susannah Adams sings timeless jazz standards as if she wrote them herself yesterday. Her delivery is cool, nuanced, yet deeply personal, in addition to which she has an alluringly sensuous presence.

Two albums sparked her love affair with this endlessly creative genre. Miles Davis’s Kinda of Blues and Billie Holiday’s The Best of Lady Day. These sounds swept Susannah away as she was captivated by the endless beauty within this sphere. Portrait of Sheila is another formative collection, which remains a strong and steady guide. Over the past decade Adams has travelled the globe to be mentored by jazz legend Sheila Jordan, whose pure and bold innovation in the world of jazz has been profound inspiration.

“My dear you have an incredible sound and depth. It just knocked me out.” Sheila Jordan
“Your sound is very sweet and delicate, but you hit all the hard stuff with swingin’ verve. A good mix.” David Lennam, CBC

Born and raised in London, England, Adams now resides by the ocean in Victoria, BC with her husband and two children. She is often found singing to her ducks as she tends to her urban farm! And, in concert, she is often backed by a stellar line-up of coast musicians; Adams brings an impressive quartet to Spirited Jazz.

Spirited Jazz Evenings are constructed around a theme, which is reinforced and underlined, by the songs chosen and the words spoken. It is led by the musicians and Rev. Shana Lynngood, a minister whose backup career choice would be jazz singer. This style of jazz vespers allows time and space for music to speak to the soul.

First Unitarian Church Victoria 5575 West Saanich Road (250) 744-2665

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Susannah Adams (Jazz Vocalist)

Vocalist Susannah Adams is widely recognised as a dynamic and versatile musician who is consistent in developing her capacity within the jazz genre. Adams has worked with some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Miles Black, Oliver Gannon, Daniel Lapp, Joby Baker, David Restivo and Phil Dwyer. Adams is fast becoming one of Vancouver Island... more info

Karel Roessingh (Jazz, folk, pop and blues)

Karel has composed and produced music for over 500 television episodes, and countless animated shorts, docs, and films. He has released 15 recordings, beginning with the piano solo Keys, then a series of music and nature sounds CDs (see, two jazz trio CDs (Cat Fud and kr3+), and solo concert CDs (Blue/Green and Sweets). Hi... more info

Joey Smith

*After touring for two and a half years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as bassist and arranger, Joey Smith was married in Victoria and moved to Rochester, N.Y. to pursue graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. For the past 18 years he has been bassist for many local groups and has collaborated with various artists during their stops in Vi... more info