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At the Avalanche Bar & Grill 275 8th Street, Courtenay

Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at 7:30 pm
Heather Keizur

$10 for GSJS members or $12 for non-members

And now for something completely different!

In a season which has featured increasingly larger combos, Georgia Straight Jazz Society presents a duet at The Avalanche this Thursday, and an evening of romantic, sensual and sentimental music. To celebrate her upcoming CD release, bilingual vocalist Heather Keizur returns to Vancouver Island, part of her North American tour, for her appearance in Courtenay. Steve Christofferson joins Keizur to share their passion for jazz.

Keizur and Christofferson have performed together for over six years. According to Keizur, "Someone else was supposed to be playing with me on a gig in December 2008 when at the last minute, I got a call saying that he couldn't make it. So that night Steve filled in. That's when the magic began." Keizur and Christofferson are of one mind when it comes to making music. The great Joe Williams once told Christofferson, "Sing like there's no tomorrow." When Keizur and Christofferson perform together, you feel as if they have been doing so all of their lives.

Keizur's new CD, "Under My Skin" evoked one listener to say, "Heather has incredible breath control. Her music is dreamy." The CD includes songs such as "'S Wonderful," in an arrangement that will make you smile, and "Avec Le Temps" that will touch your heart to its core. Heather told me, "When we made this recording the idea was to go into the studio to make music, not a CD. Only the tunes that sounded like magic made the cut." The CD includes Christofferson on piano, melodica, and vocals, Dennis Caiazza on bass, and Ron Steen on drums.

The show will feature songs from the new CD, together with some classic French chansons as well as a few pop songs in jazz genre that remind her of her days growing up in BC.

Keizur's performances showcase a mature talent that is equally at ease with jazz standards and French chansons. Christofferson's piano, melodica, and vocals add a powerful depth to the duo's music. One observer said he had never seen a vocalist and pianist more in tune with one another. According to Oregon Music News, "Although Heather does sing some songs in French she does so much more. She can caress a ballad or belt out 'Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer' with equal conviction. Her frequent collaborator Steve Christofferson is a master of the fine art of accompanying singers."

Heather, who lived in Nanaimo and Victoria, regularly performs in Portland, Oregon, a city she now calls home. In February 2015 she was a featured artist at the PDX Jazz Festival, and she has also gigged in The Bay Area with David K. Matthews (currently Santana's pianist) and in Seattle with Milo Petersen (former guitarist and drummer with Eartha Kitt). Her 2010 CD, "J'ai Deux Amours," features Mathews, Christofferson, Akira Tana, as well as other world class musicians.

Christofferson is a renowned pianist, composer, and arranger. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has performed in music festivals around the world, and toured with Nancy King and the Alan Jones Sextet. The Victoria Times-Colonist noted his "deft, lyrical touch and fevered imagination."

For more information abou forthcoming activities, or to see our wonderful gallery of photographs of previous concerts from the eighteen months or so, please visit us at Georgia Straight Jazz/photos or find us on Facebook.

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