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    Interview: Sheila Jordan

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with celebrated jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan on her 7 decades in the business, her affiliation with Charlie Parker, Horace Silver and Miles Davis, and what to expect at her 4 TD Toronto Jazz Fest concerts.

    WHO: Sheila Jordan – vocals, Adrean Farrugia – piano, Brad Goode – trumpet, Neil Swainson – bass

    WHAT: TD Toronto Jazz Festival

    WHERE: The Jazz Bistro

    WHEN: Monday June 26th and Tuesday June 27th at 7 & 10pm







    BIO:  Sheila Jordan is one of the finest jazz singers since Billie Holiday. Her voice, like Billie’s, resembles a saxophone improvising on a melody with exquisite tonal shadings, and communicates emotion so directly it can be heart-wrenching. Initially inspired by saxophonist Charlie Parker, Jordan began singing in Greenwich Village clubs with musicians like Charles Mingus and Herbie Nichols. Since then she’s gone on to work with greats like George Russell, Steve Kuhn, Arild Andersen, and Tom Harrell. Among her acclaimed recordings, Portrait of Sheila (Blue Note) is considered one of the best jazz vocal albums of all time. Jordan performs with long time collaborator bassist Cameron Brown who has worked with Don Cherry, Art Blakey, and Joe Lovano among others.

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm

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