The Vernon Jazz Club will be in for a treat as Laura Crema returns to the stage this Saturday.
Crema will be joined by Sharon Minemoto on piano, John Bentley on bass and saxophone and Joel Fountain on drums.
The band will be performing a variety of songs such as Waters of March (Antonio Carlos Jobim), I Like Sunrise (Duke Ellington), and Blackbird (Paul McCartney). They will also be sharing some originals like Seraphina (Crema and Minemoto) and High Ground (Crema and Bill Coon).
Crema is not only a top vocalist. She is also an accomplished dancer, choreographer and interdisciplinary performer.
When asked to describe her vocal style Crema says, “My music is an amalgamation of jazz, blues, Bossa Nova, pop, original compositions and improvisation.”
Her music has been featured in CBC Radio’s Studio One Jazz Series during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and has earned air play on CBC’s Hot Air, After Hours, Coastal Grooves, Richardson’s Roundup and North by Northwest.
Crema studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with legendary jazz vocalists Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton and in Washington State with Nancy King and Kurt Elling.
She has recently released her fourth album, Fotografia, which was produced by Brad Turner. This CD is filled with top artists Bill Coons, Dave Restivo, and Adam Thomas to name but a few.
What does one of Canada’s top radio stations say about this performer?
“All great jazz singers have at least three qualities in common. The first is that unique timbre that sets their voice apart. The second is the material they choose to sing. And the third is the fresh ideas and insights they bring to those songs. Laura Crema has all three in spades!” says CBC Radio.
Minemoto is a pianist based in Vancouver who has studied with legendary jazz artists Don Thompson, Renee Rosnes and Kenny Werner.
She has performed alongside Alan Matheson, Cory Weeds and Dee Daniels and is also a part of a funk, jazz, reggae collaborative called SiMmeR.
Minemoto has been a sub-in host of CBC Radio’s Hot Air and has been a weekly host for an internet jazz radio show.
“Minemoto is a swinging, sensitive pianist with a highly melodic style and a composer of some very hip original music,” says Coastal Jazz & Blues.
Bentley has performed across Canada and Europe and has been featured several times on CBC Radio with live and studio recordings for Tonic, The Signal, Jazzbeat, West Coast Performance, Hot Air, and Arts National.
He was the recipient of a Canada Council grant that sent him to England to study saxophone with the great Stan Robinson. While he was there he studied composition and arranging with Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.
Fountain is truly a multi-talented musician. He will be featured on drums this Saturday but he also sings, plays the piano, composes and is an engineer and producer.
He has toured the world with trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and has played with the One O’clock Lab Band in Texas.
Laura Crema takes the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) this Saturday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $20 at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup and at www.vernonjazz.ca.