There has been a change in performers for Saturday, APril 18 at the Vernon Jazz Club, which is now setting the stage to welcome vocalist Ali Henry.
Henry will be joined by local favourites Neville Bowman on piano and Bernie Addington on bass along with Jason Corbet on guitar. Drums will also be added to the mix.
Henry is known to put her own personal spin and improvise on familiar tunes, often ending up with entirely new melodies, lyrics and rhythmic grooves.
Her repertoire includes songs with warm sensual Brazilian rhythms, emotionally charged blues, and original compositions with a modern flare.
Henry’s sound has been greatly influenced by legends Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Eva Cassidy and Etta James. Each of these powerful and influential vocalists helped her to develop her own unique approach.
In 2011, Henry teamed up with Bowman, Addington, and Michael Garding in Kelowna to launch her debut album, On My Mind.
The album featured songs such as Moondance (Van Morrison), Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael & Gorrell), and Dindi (Jobim) and showcased her love of Brazilian beats and soulful melodies.
Henry’s music spans a variety of genres. She has shared the stage with Royal Wood at the Prince George Playhouse and was the vocalist for the upbeat dance band B Boss Jive Band.
Henry can be heard throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island on a regular basis.
Bowman is an accomplished solo pianist, accompanist, composer, arranger, and singer. He was a founding member of the award winning Just in Time Trio and can be heard on numerous recordings in a variety of genres from jazz and blues to rock and funk.
Addington has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance musician and private instructor. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
Addington is a regular adjudicator, clinician, and performer at the B.C. Interior Jazz Festival, where he will be playing in the masters’ concert in Kelowna Friday night.
Corbet began his guitar studies in classical at the age of eight. He later earned his master’s in music performance at Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal and studied jazz in the U.K. and flamenco in Spain.
Ali Henry takes the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Tickets are $20 at the Bean Scene, Bean to Cup and at www.vernonjazz.ca.