TOSH Winter 2015 Jazz Cabarets - Valentine Jazz Cabaret Featuring Kate Hammett-Vaughan with Ron Hadley-piano and Rick Kilburn-bass
Admission: $20.00 per person (includes delectable dessert buffet)
7:00 – 9:30 PM Table Seating Tickets Available Now Call 250-752-6133
“…one of the best jazz singers in Canada, or anywhere for that matter… More than just a standards singer, she can do it all, and she does so with a rare sense of taste, imagination and sincerity.”—Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal
Since moving to Vancouver, BC from her home province of Nova Scotia in 1979, Kate Hammett-Vaughan has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most individual and creative jazz vocalists. Her expansive knowledge of jazz music, singers and song make her one of the country’s most respected teachers of the art of jazz singing.
As a performer, Hammett-Vaughan’s improvisational instincts and ease with all manner of material set her apart from many of her contemporaries. Her highly personal and expressive vocal style incorporates the breadth of her musical interests, from straight-ahead soulful ballads to hard-swinging grooves and improvisational adventures. Her approach is fresh and invigorating, paying tribute to the jazz tradition while interacting, exploring, and seeking to express herself in the moment. Equally at home as a front-line performer or as a member of an ensemble, singing straight-ahead swing or participating in free-improv adventures, Hammett-Vaughan makes sure that what she is performing remains accessible to her audience.
Hammett-Vaughan is passionate about her community, engaging and sharing with vocalists locally and across the country. As a teacher, her skills are wide-ranging. From one-on-one lessons to group workshops, master classes and community swing choirs, her warm and personal approach is open-minded and inspirational.
A three-time Juno nominee, she has garnered critical praise from all corners for sanzaru (2012) a trio recording with the great Canadian jazz guitarist Bill Coon and the wonderful bassist/vocalist Adam Thomas, Imagination: Live At The Cellar (2008) a duo with the great Canadian jazz guitarist Bill Coon, her trio recording So Lucky To Be Me (2006), and three releases with her marvelous long-time quintet, Eclipse (2004), Devil May Care (2002) and How My Heart Sings (1999). Hammett-Vaughan has also received numerous nominations from the Canadian Independent Music Awards and from the National Jazz Awards including Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Jazz Vocal Recording. She has worked in a number of ensembles over the last three decades, the most notable being her own Quintet and Trio, her long-time bass/voice duo with André Lachance, and in the avant-garde: the improvising jazz trio Garbo’s Hat, and the acclaimed large ensemble, the NOW Orchestra.
Hammett-Vaughan’s artistic sensibilities and musical interests have led her to a variety of related projects, including film scores, guest hosting of CBC television and radio shows, collaborations with modern dance artists and performance artists, and a fulfilling career as a teacher.