Jazz Vesper at the Church of the Advent on 5/17

May 12, 2009 at 5:10 pm (Uncategorized) ()

VOCAL VESPERS (Jazz Vespers) at the Church of the Advent – sunday night at 7 p.m. – our fourth Season finale. See formatted poster attached. ken Gray

Greater Victoria’s hippest church closes off its hugely successful Jazz Vespers Series on Sunday, May 17 with powerhouse vocalist Emily Braden and her trio. Come and witness a rare “Vocal Vespers” at the Church of the Advent as the soulful and dynamic Braden brings her jazz and gospel roots to this increasingly popular musical experience.

Years of beautiful hard work has allowed Emily Braden to develop a truly unique style. With her powerful range and soulful sound, she explores everything from gospel wails, confident blues, hard funk and feverish vocal improvisations to heartfelt, subtle ballads. Emily’s career as a versatile and engaging soloist is rooted in an early passion for powerhouse vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. She recalls hours spent at a young age memorizing classic vocal recordings and scat solos.

Originally from Boise, Idaho, the now-27-year old moved to Victoria, BC in 2002 to begin a four-year mentorship with the legendary jazz musician Louise Rose. Her instrument-like improvisations and affinity for the blues gained the attention of world music artist and Canadian Juno-award nominee, Harry Manx. With Manx, Emily has recorded on three albums and toured across Canada.

Highlights from her musical career include headlining Victoria Jazzfests closing show, when she was joined on stage with a touring Wynton Marsalis and members of his Lincoln Centre Orchestra. Additionally,

Emily was recently selected to perform at the historical Apollo Theater in New York City as a competitor in the world renowned talent show, Apollo Amateur Night. The first round takes place on Wednesday, May 6th of this year.

Upcoming projects include the release of Emily’s debut solo album, Soul Walk in the summer of 2009. Recorded this fall in New York City with pianist, composer and producer Misha Piatigorsky, the album marks the debut of Emily’s original compositions and promises to be a bold introduction to an exciting career.


Kenneth J. Gray


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