Creatively melding deep jazz roots and hip, modern themes, vocalist Jaclyn Guillou returns to the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday.
Performing with Guillou is Bram Weijters on piano, Tom Beck ham on vibraphone, Sean Cronin on bass, and Joe Poole on drums.
Vancouver born and raised, Guillou is an emerging Canadian jazz vocalist whose music is diverse, eclectic, and carefree.
This performance is part of Guillou’s four-week Canadian tour that is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and she says she is happy to be returning to the Vernon Jazz Club.
“I’m so excited to come back and play! I love the room, the sound, the stage, and especially the really great audience who is always so keen to see and hear authentic jazz music,” she said.
Touring the music from her highly praised 2011 debut album, To The City, Guillou’s original music has a unique, modern jazz sound with a mature yet vulnerable vibe.
Guillou will also feature interesting arrangements of popular standards with a Latin and swing feel.
Original tunes include the album’s title track and You Are, a love song depicting how two very different people are brought together in sheer happiness and harmony.
Guillou’s standards and popular songs feature All or Nothing at All, a hip new arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s California, and Dave Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way with original lyrics by Guillou.
For Guillou, jazz is the ultimate in creative expression.
“I was drawn to jazz because it seemed like something that didn’t have definitive boundaries or expectations of what music should sound like. It offers structure and form, but also the freedom to create absolutely anything within an outline of a song,” said Guillou.
Nevertheless, other genres also influence Guillou’s style.
“I’ve been influenced not only by jazz but by a lot of folk music, electronic music, and Latin music,” said Guillou. “I never wanted to feel stuck in a certain genre, so I decided I would always commit to incorporating many different styles, languages, and rhythms to my song list.”
Guillou’s first experience as a performer occurred at the age of two when she jumped up on stage during the intermission of her sister’s dance recital. Her mother, a local dressmaker for the dance school, enrolled her in voice, dance, and music lessons and Guillou has never looked back.
In 2009, she received a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and has been quite busy ever since, touring Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including dates in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.
A pianist from Antwerp, Belgium, Weijters has his own solo project on the go and performs with a Seattle-based quartet.
Vibraphonist Beckham lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he too performs his own solo project, and plays and records with guitarist Brad Shepik and drummer George Schuller.
Vancouver bassist Cronin plays in the Amanda Tosoff Quartet and is currently living in New York, studying with Ben Wolfe.
Drummer Poole plays with Tony Foster, Dee Daniels, and Denzal Sinclaire.
Saturday’s performance at the Vernon Jazz Club, 3000-31st St. starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $20 ($15 for VJS members) at the Bean Scene and Bean to Cup.