Thursday, February 15, 2018
Doors open at 1:00 pm. Concert 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Post show reception 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Featuring The Adi Braun Trio at the Al Green Theatre
Celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists and enjoy a live performance of vintage torch songs, timeless standards and classic love songs. Jazz chanteuse Adi Braun draws us in with her smooth and sultry vocals and her ability to use a song to tell a story. Adi is joined by Tom King on piano and Pat Collins on bass. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Admission: $15.00 (+HST/CIF)
Adi Braun has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. She has performed in every major jazz and concert venue in Toronto, has toured Canada, the United States and Europe. Her sophisticated style and subtle delivery evokes such vocal greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney. Elizabeth Ahlfors of New York’s Cabaret Scenes describes Adi as, “A tad Dinah Washington, a hint of Lena Horne, the enveloping warmth of Doris Day, all gift-wrapped up in a unique sound that is singular Adi Braun!”
Born in Toronto, Adi grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers, and her father, Victor Braun, was one of Canada’s leading baritones. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at the age of six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Following family tradition, Adi trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. She began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and on-stage in operas and operettas alongside her brother, baritone Russell Braun.
Adi started “singing sideways” in the late ‘90s and returned to the music she loves, which she calls “cabarazz”, that draws on aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, she was catapulted to centre-stage as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists. In 2007, Adi was nominated as Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).
In the fall of 2010 Adi released her fourth CD, titled Canadian Scenes I, which marked her singer/songwriter debut. Canadian Scenes I follows Adi’s three, critically-acclaimed CDs: Delishious (2003) which was short-listed for a 2004 Juno Award nomination; The Rules of the Game (2006), and Live at the Metropolitan Room (2007). In the Fall of 2017, Adi releases her brand-new CD Moderne Frau, which is inspired by the music of 1920’s Weimar, Berlin.
For more information about Adi Braun, please visit https://www.adibraun.com/
Bass great Pat Collins is one of Toronto’s first call jazz musicians, and is well known throughout Canada, having performed with giants of the entertainment industry including Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Peter Appleyard, Ed Bickert, Joe Henderson, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Oliver Jones, and many others. After appearing on over 50 albums as a sideman, Collins released his critically-acclaimed first CD titled In The Moment, featuring some of Canada’s premier jazz musicians, Mike Murley, Reg Schwager and Barry Elmes. Pat is a current member of the widely respected Canadian Jazz Quartet. A four-time National Jazz Awards nominee, Pat has also been a full-time member of the music faculty of Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario since 2005. For more information, please visit http://www.patcollinsbass.com/
Accomplished jazz pianist Tom King has performed throughout Canada including performances at the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal International Jazz Festivals. He has performed with acts such as the Pointer Sisters and Petula Clark, and is also a founding member of Toronto's Payadora Tango Ensemble. With many years of professional work as a collaborative pianist, Tom has an extensive repertoire and is experienced accompanying all instruments and vocalists. He has also worked as an orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony, has been heard in recital on CBC radio and has spent time in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts studying with such pianists as Angela Cheng and Anton Kuerti.