Julie Masi, Stevey Soucy and Friends at Vernon Jazz Club Jan. 12

Soulful and sultry sounds set for Saturday

John Turner

Special to The Morning Star

Julie Masi, Steve Soucy and Friends remind people why live music is magical. Saturday, Jan. 12 will be extra-special as they return to the Vernon Jazz Club with a huge repertoire of R&B and dance music that is guaranteed to tear the roof off. Joining them are Scott Gamble and Sean Bray, two extremely well-known Okanagan jazz masters.

Masi’s soulful and sultry voice (and Juno winning), has been applauded the world over. She is well known in Canada’s amazing music community. Soucy’s award-winning talent comes from a distinguished career studying roots music: jazz, country and blues with fabulous entertainers from all over North America.

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Masi and Soucy also perform in a fabulous dance band called the Uptown 10, which includes Gamble on drums and seven other stellar Okanagan musicians. Soucy also tours with Gamble, backing up world-class Elvis Tribute artists.

Masi first leapt onto the popular music stage back in Winnipeg singing and recording with a Big Band but is more well known as lead singer/percussionist and co-writer of the gold and platinum selling Canadian group The Parachute Club with their unforgettable hit Rise Up. With five Juno Awards under her belt, Masi was also invited to play with Alannah Myles, Dan Hill, Bruce Cockburn, David Foster and John Oats. She has also penned great songs for artists like Martha and the Muffins and Images in Vogue.

Soucy is a five-time consecutive winner of B.C. Country Music Keyboardist of the Year. In his five years living in the Okanagan, he’s been blessed to work and play with fabulous local artists The Goods, Tanya Lipscomb, Sherman Doucette, Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne, Rick (Pappa Dawg) Halisheff, John Delaney, Sabrina Weeks, Hiedi Letiec, Kelly Derrickson, Rann Berry, LINUS and Cover to Cover.

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Gamble is the consummate pro, born with an innate intuition to play spellbinding rhythm. He brings elegance and panache to every artist he accompanies. He has become the very first call percussionist of band leaders. Scott tours regularly with Schellshock Tribute artists and has recorded on 60 CDs. Scott is also a professional 3-D animator.

Bray is a well-respected guitarist, composer and educator who has played with various artists on many diverse projects. According to jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie, “Sean Bray is a real treat to listen to.” Possessing the ability to fit into many musical genres, while still retaining an unmistakably original voice on his instrument, has made him an in-demand session player in Toronto. He is a member of the modern Celtic rock band Cod Gone Wild and also leads the popular Sean Bray’s Peach Trio. CBC Radio also named Bray as one of Canada’s top 50 guitarists of all time.

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Masi, Soucy and Friends will be onstage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31 St.) on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Cash only bar on site. Tickets $20 online at vernonjazz.com and at our sponsor, Expressions of Time (2901-30 Ave). A $5 rebate at the gig for VJS members. Members also receive 10 per cent off their food purchase anytime at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (Prestige Inn).

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