Georgia Straight Jazz Society jazz at the Little Red Church in Comox

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

Elizabeth Shepherd

Thursday November 2nd 2023

Elizabeth Shepherd

It's been eight years since velvety-voiced keyboardist Elizabeth Shepherd last appeared on stage in Courtenay for the Georgia Straight Jazz Society, and it's exciting to welcome her back with her new line-up and her electro-gospel souljazz genre. Shepherd made her international debut in 2006 when her first album, "Start To Move," was voted one of the best jazz albums of the year by listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, this soul-jazz innovator based in Montreal has established herself as one of the most captivating and imaginative artists on the current scene.

Elizabeth will be performing her electro-gospel souljazz genre music. Alongside Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper, she is part of the wave of jazz-influenced musicians who have evolved a powerful original jazz art form to a new generation of music fans. She's inviting you to listen to this leading edge of jazz music. This is a wholly unique, unclassifiable style that blurs boundaries between jazz, R&B, pop, and hip hop.

A classically trained pianist who turned to jazz through her love of old-school hip-hop, Elizabeth has been hailed as a "jazz virtuoso with a pop sensibility" (Real Detroit Weekly) and has been praised by critics worldwide for her compelling songwriting and soulful performances. Nominated six times for the JUNO Awards and twice for the Polaris Prize, she has released seven widely acclaimed albums, featuring collaborations with musicians such as Lionel Loueke and British producer Nostalgia 77. She has extensively toured North America, Europe, Japan, and Mexico, playing venues from the Cotton Club in Tokyo to the Jazz Cafe in London, and performing at festivals such as Northseas and ELBJazz. She has shared the stage with diverse artists including Christian MacBride, Victor Wooten, Spankie Wilson, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, the Five Corners Quintet, Bonobo, and was personally invited to open for Jamie Cullum at a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Elizabeth will be appearing with Scott Kemp bass and Colin Kingsmore, drums/vocals.

The show starts at 7:30p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $20 ($15 for GSJS Members) and $5 for students.

Please select the Calendar tab to see the scheduled outdoor summer concerts at The Anderton Gardens during July and August, as well as the emerging 2023-24 performances on the new calendar.

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society endeavours to feature fine jazz performances of all genres, in an effort to sustain live music, and further the art. This is your opportunity to listen to live modern jazz music from the leading edge. Don't miss it!

GSJS showcases jazz live in the Comox Valley, giving music lovers an opportunity to enjoys local, regional and internationally-known jazz musicians.

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